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10 Workout Shorts for Active Summer Style

Just run with it.

By Paula Lee
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Now that it's officially summer, if you plan on working out in the heat—whether running a 5K, streaming an online fitness class, trying out a walking routine, or biking around town—the right fitness gear makes all the difference. Really, who wants bottoms that ride up mid-circuit?

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    8" High Waist Compression Bike Shorts

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    Baleaf 8" High Waist Compression Bike Shorts

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    Lined Hudson Shorts

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    Hotty Hot Short II Long 4"

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    Lululemon Hotty Hot Short II Long 4"

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    Race Day High Waist Compression Short with Pockets

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    Core 10 Race Day High Waist Compression Short with Pockets

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    Q Speed Breathe 2 in 1 Short

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For the most optimal pair of workout shorts, it's key to look for breathable materials, moisture-wicking technology, activity-appropriate cuts ,and thoughtful extras (pockets or liners, anyone?). Gym shorts should fit comfortably and not feel restrictive, so you have total range of motion. Once you find your favorite, you'll wonder how you got by without them. Plus, there's nothing wrong with getting new, inspiring activewear for a little added motivation. From short shorts to classic designs to longer biker styles, check out our roundup of best workout shorts for your summer exercise routine. Go ahead–buy a pair and a spare.

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Best Bike Shorts

Baleaf 8" High Waist Compression Bike Shorts

8" High Waist Compression Bike Shorts
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Best Bike Shorts

Baleaf 8" High Waist Compression Bike Shorts

Now 46% Off
$15 at Amazon
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Think of this multitasking bike short with tummy control as your summer legging—it adapts for a range of fitness activities, including yoga, weight training, and yes, biking.

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Outdoor Voices Lined Hudson Shorts

Lined Hudson Shorts
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Outdoor Voices Lined Hudson Shorts

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With a built-in liner and an extra-wide waistband, these recycled polyester shorts provide comfortable support for your sweat sesh. You can also stash keys or a credit card in the hidden pockets.

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Best Running Shorts

Lululemon Hotty Hot Short II Long 4"

Hotty Hot Short II Long 4"
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Best Running Shorts

Lululemon Hotty Hot Short II Long 4"

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Meet your new go-to running shorts. Stretchy and sweat-repelling, this low-rise pair also features reflective details and a hidden interior pocket.

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Best Plus-Size Shorts

Core 10 Race Day High Waist Compression Short with Pockets

Race Day High Waist Compression Short with Pockets
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Best Plus-Size Shorts

Core 10 Race Day High Waist Compression Short with Pockets

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Squat and lunge at ease in high-rise compression shorts. There's also a handy back pocket for your phone.

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New Balance Q Speed Breathe 2 in 1 Short

Q Speed Breathe 2 in 1 Short
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New Balance Q Speed Breathe 2 in 1 Short

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Make it a double! This dual-layered pair offers more thigh coverage while the sweat-wicking fabric keeps you dry.

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Under Armour Fly By 2.0 Running Shorts

Fly By 2.0 Running Shorts
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Under Armour Fly By 2.0 Running Shorts

Now 25% Off
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It's no surprise these shorts are the number one bestseller in their category on Amazon. Not only are they affordable and come in fun colors, the combo of moisture-wicking fabric and side mesh panels means they are ideal for hot workouts.

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Champion Practice Short

Practice Short
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Champion Practice Short

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Like your old-school gym shorts, this soft jersey color-block style comes with a fold-over logo waistband.

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Zella Taylor Getaway High Waist Recycled Polyester Shorts

Taylor Getaway High Waist Recycled Polyester Shorts
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Zella Taylor Getaway High Waist Recycled Polyester Shorts

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It doesn't get easier than a pair of lightweight, relaxed (read: breathing room for thighs) shorts with elastic waistband, but the flattering front pintuck doesn't hurt.

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Patagonia Strider Short

Strider Short
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Patagonia Strider Short

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You'll go the extra mile (or do the extra burpee) when you know these lightweight shorts are anti-odor and quick-drying. Plus, the side vents allow you to move freely.

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On Running Shorts

Running Shorts

Invest in these sleek shorts for the ultimate run. The inner shorts won't budge, and the outer layer is tear-proof and quick-drying.

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Paula Lee
Freelance Fashion Editor

Paula Lee is a freelance Fashion Editor. Off duty, she can be found day-tripping around the tri-state area, hanging around farm animals, or browsing the library stacks.

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