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To get fit you need to look the part first. Phoebe Luckhurst limbers up with a kit list to kick-start your new-year regime.

1. The shoe

Asics is the brand favoured by those at the elite end of the amateur spectrum. Disciples are the type to rise with the sun and gallop over the puddles pooling at the top of the local park. You've no shot at their mileage but you can have feet to match. Men, lace up the Dynaflyte trainers, which are cushioned with lightweight foam that won't lose its shape and - accordingly - will protect your feet once you've started to improve (£130, asics.com).

2. The socks

Line good shoes with springy socks; runners whisper reverently about Feetures' Elite Merino + socks. Merino wool wicks away moisture but preserves heat to keep the toes flexing. The fabric has anti-microbial properties - so they won't smell (too much) - and thick cushions preclude first-time blisters (£17, fitness box.co.uk).

3. The leggings

Regrettably, even if you spend the next year cloistered in the gym as devout as a nun, you will not look like the lissom Karlie Kloss in these Adidas leggings. Quell your despair with their reassuring spec; they are made from moisture-wicking fabric that stops your thighs from getting clammy. Karlie is, obviously, never clammy (£64.95, adidas.co.uk)

4. The hoodie

These days, Nike's real kit is almost indistinguishable from its zeitgeist-y athleisure kit - very much to its credit, as you can buy half the clothes and look twice as on-message. This cotton Nike fleece is lightweight and soft, and has a hood with a visor for when the wind is especially Baltic (£85, store.nike.com).

5. The shorts

It's gusty out there, so you need shorts with a bit of fortification. Sweaty Betty's Challenge Run pair have a slim-fit inner short underneath the looser blue pair. The set has a wide, comfortable waistband and is crafted from a lightweight fabric that dries quickly (£55, sweatybetty.com).

6. The sports bra

Frame continues its expansion into activewear apace. The Gede sports bra is made from stretchy polyamide and elastene, with cross-back straps for rigid support (£40, moveyour frame.com).

7. The t-shirt

Much of Iffley Road's collection is inspired by old-school running-club kit. Its slim-cut men's tee is made of a soft, lightweight fabric that won't chafe and repels sweat and has a concealed in-seam pocket for storing keys or cards (£68, iffleyroad.com).

8. The jacket

You will need a hard-working layer for long weekend runs or en route to the gym. Unlike many similar versions, Under Armour's 'swacket' has a loose cut, and despite being made of sweatshirt-like fabric, it promises to be both water and windproof. Lycra binding on the cuffs and hem keep you cosy (£90, underarmour.co.uk).

9. The gym bag

Typically, gym bags are too small or too flimsy for purpose (or branded too graphically to countenance in polite company); bring your kit in a plastic bag and you'll look like a kid skiving PE. Instead, pack up with Lululemon's Dual Duty Dopp kit bag: it's roomy, durable and slings easily over the shoulder (£42, lululemon.co.uk).

10. The fitness tracker

Lastly, real zealots do not live by the clock but according to the bleeps and buzzes of their despotic fitness tracker. Throw money at the problem of your weak willpower with Jawbone's latest band, the Up3, which monitors your heart rate in especially forensic detail, so you can see just how much you're exerting yourself (£49.99, zavvi.com).

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