By Aly Teich | photos by Chris Fanning
Sponsored by Old Navy
Springtime is my favorite time of year to turn New York City into my fitness playground, from a run along the water to a pickup soccer game. Your workout should get your heart pumping and get you sweating, but it shouldn’t be a punishment (unless you get off on that kind of thing!).
People always ask me what the best workout is, and I always have the same answer: It’s whatever is best for you! And what does that mean? It means something you enjoy enough that you continue to show up for it every day. Because, if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick to it, and then what’s the point?! And there is nothing better to remind you that moving should feel good and be fun, than throwing on some fun patterns, bright colors, and motivating slogans!
However, there is another factor that is essential both for your “perfect” workout routine and for the clothes you wear while doing it. While I am a believer that all movement counts as fitness, to see and feel results, it must challenge you, it must get your heart pumping, and it must make you break a sweat. Therefore, you need clothes that help you perform at such a level, that will feel great to sweat in, and will help bring out your inner athlete.
Old Navy has got me covered (literally and figuratively) with their new Built for Play Activewear line. As would be expected from Old Navy’s always cheerful offerings, their activewear line is fun and playful, reminding you with every printed legging or colorful top that fitness is meant to be just that … fun and playful.
So, whether I’m meeting up with friends for a pickup soccer game, hitting the pavement for a run, finding a quiet spot in the sun to meditate (not that there are any quiet spots in New York City!), sneaking in some abs on the turf, climbing monkey bars for my upper body workout, or turning an office building into my Stairmaster, this playful, yet performance-focused activewear line has got everything I need. And well, it doesn’t hurt that it’s incredibly affordable!
Founder and Host of The Sweat Life
Aly is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She left Manhattan for Madison, Wisconsin to become a proud Badger for four years, and since then has lived on both coasts, traveled around the world…twice, and found herself right back here in The Big Apple.
Aly has always been an active kid, and now grownup (although she still acts like a kid.) She danced her way through the School of American Ballet until her teens, competed on horseback at a pre-Olympic level, lettered in three varsity high school sports, and completed three marathons and numerous triathlons. She’s also an avid skier, golfer, aspiring surfer, and can do a mean belly flop.
Following a ten-year career in television and media — including the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Television, Tribeca Film, and Conde Nast — Aly switched her focus to health and wellness five years ago when her mother was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Trading in her Late Show with Letterman badge for Nikes, Aly made it her goal to help people live healthier lives. In the fall of 2013, she decided to bring all of her experience and passion to one place, The Sweat Life.