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Bright leggings to give your postnatal workouts a boost

Section: Mum Buys
workout leggings

Finding the right gear to wear when getting back into your workouts after having a baby isn't an easy task. The most important thing when shopping for leggings is to feel comfortable and confident in what you're wearing, so you can focus on your exercise and not worry about your outfit.

After having a baby, finding the time, energy, and inclination to get back into your normal exercise routine can be daunting. But having the right kit can get you started - and we all know that the first step is the worst. 

Choosing some brightly coloured leggings will give you a boost of confidence for your workouts. It doesn't matter what type of exercise you're doing, cheerful leggings will brighten your regime. So get up, pull those leggings on, and get moving - whether you're walking the pram around the block, doing an exercise DVD in your lounge, or going to a Pilates class. 

The best leggings for postnatal fitness

Sugar Pocket women's outdoor capris leggings are made from ultra-stretch PolySpandex blend fabric that won't lose shape even after multiple wearings. These leggings are easy to care of - perfect for any type of workout and everyday casual loungewear pants.

Unlike the majority of sportswear brands, Peachylean has been specifically designed for women of all shapes and sizes - ideal for the weeks and months after giving birth.

Founded by mum of two, Sharon Keegan, the products aim to make every woman feel utterly amazing whether working out or chilling out. 

The leggings are high-waisted, super comfy and bum-sculpting, providing squat-proof support that lifts you up and never lets you down.

Review: "I have struggled before to find leggings that fit well without going see-through or being baggy. These feel so supportive, fit nicely around my belly and bum. The phone pockets on either side are really handy and I love the range of colours available. I have a sports bra from the same brand and that fits lovely too!"

Best-selling performance leggings to help you conquer your workouts in comfort. Fabletics promises high-compression support with a touch of flexibility, everything you are looking for. This product also comes with hidden pockets.

This 'cleamatis blue' colour is wonderful and these leggings are supportive and comfortable, whether you're working out in your lounge or running round the block doing Couch To 5k. Our tester loved these as they kept all her new mum wobbles in place and felt sturdy and sleek. 

Sweaty Betty may not be the cheapest sportswear brand in the country, but they do make colourful and bum-sculpting leggings. Fans of these leggings love how they don't go see-through at all, they're super comfy, and they last for ages whatever workout you do. 

Totally in love with these leggings, and heck, you know what, I'm going to wear these all day long and not just for my workouts. 

Your workout is an important part of your day, but it's just one piece of the puzzle. These women's Reebok training leggings see you through HIIT class and post-class smoothies. Stretchy jersey with Speedwick technology has a soft cotton feel and keeps you dry from the warm-up grapevines to the cool-down stretches. A mid-rise waist hugs you in for a flattering fit that stays in place as you move. Bold Reebok graphics keep the focus on fitness.

These leggings are the result of a collaboration with Shanghai-based artist Nini Sum. Bright your day with the plant-inspired print. The compression fit hugs your body for a supportive fit, and anti-odour fabric with Polygiene technology ensures a fresh feel. AEROREADY manages sweat to keep you dry and ready for round two.

The Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh Run Leggings are stretchy and smooth. Plus, they're made from at least 50% recycled polyester fibres and have a hidden pocket. We love the classic Nike logo detailing on the leg

You can find these leggings in all UK sizes and in a good variety of bright fun patterns. They're made from 88% Polyester and 12% Spandex, so you can stay fresh from the gym to the streets in full printed leggings with heat-regulating technology and chafe-resistant fabric.

  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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