An active lifestyle requires a reliable pair of leggings that fits like a glove, is easy to care for, keeps you dry and comfortable, and looks great in the gym and beyond.
Disclosure: I received a pair of Koral leggings (as mentioned in this post) to review on my blog. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.
I was happy to see the latest research from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnel Brain Institute that confirm this hypothesis:
Improving your fitness will improve your brain health and slow down the aging process!!
IMHO, daily exercise is a small price to pay for better brain function and longevity. (Let’s not forget that it also helps us to control our weight, improves our balance (decreasing the risk of falling), and provides benefits to our cardiovascular health, bone density, muscle maintenance, and overall feeling of well being.)
All of the above are reasons why I exercise daily (and have no intention of stopping). My commitment to an active lifestyle has shaped me into an athleisure wear aficionado. It was a no brainer when a representative from Koral Women’s active wear asked me to write a product review on a pair of Koral leggings of my choice. I selected the Koral lustrous high rise legging in midnight blue.
Immediately after receiving them in the mail, I was curious to determine the answer to the very same question I’m asking you : Are your leggings working as hard as you do? I analyzed the Koral High Rise Legging in four key areas: 1. Fit and Comfort; 2. Functionality and Performance; 3. Care; 4. Fashion. Here are the results , beginning with
- Fit and Comfort. Size can be a bit of a challenge for petite women. I am 5’1” and my legging concern is getting a sleek, smooth fit. Nobody want’s baggy leggings and creases! Here’s proof of the exceptional fit of the extra small.
Not only did I get a smooth fit, these leggings are comfortable with flattering support in both the waist and inner thigh. They held my mid-section without feeling tight or restricted (a worry when I opt for that x-small). There is nothing worse than being discouraged to workout by ill fitting clothing. The fabric (Koral Infinity) which BTW is recognizable by it’s opaque shine, is the bomb. It really is like a second skin.
2. Functionality and Performance. I evaluated the Koral leggings on this criteria over several days. On the first day I took the Koral leggings through the paces while performing a circuit training that combined both cardio and strength movements. The Koral leggings delivered on compression and support, providing comfort during running, lifting, squating, bending , jumping and pushing.
In addition to the freedom of movement provided by the Koral legging, the fabric wicked moisture from my skin, and the leggings held their shape and smooth and dry appearance throughout my activity.
3. Care. Taking care of my Koral legging after training was as easy as a cold water wash with my other workout gear and the usual air dry routine I provide all my athleisure wear. They were clean, dry and ready to get me through a second day of training when I opted for an edgy workout that included rowing on a simulated paddle board. Notice the fit of the Koral leggings is just a good on day two.
4. Fashion. I have learned the importance of finding enjoyment in everything I do, yes, even the WOD! For me, one of the joys of exercise is participating in group classes. Another is wearing clothing that I adore. It may sound cheesy, but it’s the simple things keep me engaged with a healthy lifestyle. I consider my Koral high rise leggings a foundational piece in my wardrobe; this classic bottom can be worn with a myriad of other pieces, both athleisure and non-athleisure. Having multiple options for styling them saves me time getting dressed in the morning. When I finish my workout and leave the gym, my outfit looks intentional and I ‘m ready to run errands, again saving me time by avoiding having to make a second trip out later.
The benefits of an active lifestyle are HUGE! Finding ways to keep you consistent with daily exercise are priceless. By reviewing the Koral leggings, I conclude they give me a leg up on the day with their exceptional fit, comfort during exercise, easy care, and style that allows me to make gains and get on with my life right out of the gym. Yes, these leggings are working as hard I as am!