The summer sunshine has finally landed, and while the UK bakes in 30 degree heat and everyone complains that it’s too sticky / muggy / close (take your pick!), the active mum knows that a hot day and a bit of warm weather should not deter her from meeting her fitness goals.

Here are some fab sports bag essentials to carry with you this summer…

ZAAZEE skort

If you’re not keen on wearing itsy bitsy teeny weeny shorts to work out in, but don’t want to bake in leggings, the new SKORTS from female-led, premium activewear brand ZAAZEE are perfect!.

A cross between a flippy tennis skirt and tight shorts, the skorts are perfect for running, sports, boxercise and loads more. 

We love the monochrome ASHLEY II version, which will go well with loads of gym tops. Check it out and purchase here… 

Eco-friendly water bottle

According to recent figures, 20,000 plastic water bottles are manufactured globally EVERY SECOND. Ladies, we do not need to ever buy a plastic water bottle ever again, as most end up in landfill where they never ever decompose, and many end up in our oceans and seas. 

With that in mind, treat yourself to this GORGEOUS pale pink stainless steel beauty from the NewLife range at OneGreenBotlte. Eco friendly, BPA and BPS free, endlessly reusable and vacuum insulated to keep drinks cool or hot, it’s beautiful and sustainable. 

What’s more, it’s ON SALE! Form an orderly queue…


If you’re out running or exercising in the garden, it’s crucial that you always remember to wear a high factor sunscreen. As well as keeping you sun-safe, lathering up on the factor 50 will also ward off those facial wrinkles!

There are a few super pricey options out there, but for all-over use and easy application when you’re out and about, the Ambre Solaire Dry Mist sunscreen is super quick to absorb, non-greasy and easy to use. It comes in factors 30 and 50 and it’s a snip at £6 from Amazon. 

If you’re planning to swim, or you want some advanced protection for your face, do your research and find some appropriate products – it’s worth paying a bit more to ensure you’re covered against sun damage while working out. 

Sun visor

In the hot weather, you may prefer a visor to a baseball cap to keep the rays out of your eyes when you’re out running. We adore this hot pink version from Lulu Lemon! It’s super lightweight, adjustable and keeps you shaded on sunny days. 

It’s great for running, outdoor yoga and walking through the park, and it even sports reflective details for evening exercise. It also looks like something Barbie might have worn in the 80’s. Perfection! 

The perfect sports bra 

If you’re in the market for a new sports bra, we are seriously impressed with this extra high impact version from good old M&S. It comes in three colourways (we love the electric cobalt blue version!) and you can choose your own bra size for the perfect fit. 

Developed in collaboration with scientists at the Asahi Research centre in Japan, it claimed to reduce boob bounce by 25% making it perfect for high-impact workouts. 

With moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry, it’s also adjustable, underwired, comes in cup sizes B to G, and super affordable at just £28. 

Super absorbent gym towel

It goes without saying that, in summer, you will SWEAT. And shower more! With that in mind, treat yourself to a quick drying, super compact gym towel. 

This fab eco friendly version from Dock and Bay is big enough to cover your yoga mat but small enough to roll up for your gym bag.  It’s absorbent and lightweight, and comes with a handy pouch to pop into your bag after use.  It also dries three times as fast as a normal towel, meaning it’s the perfect companion for summer workouts.

Made from 30% recycled materials, you can choose from a few size options – we loved the extra large.

What are your summer workout essentials?