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The It List 3 May 2023

Going Back to the Basics to Thrive

This month is all about dialling it back and focusing on going back to the basics when it comes to exercise.

Sometimes, as we rush through life, we can deny our bodies and minds with the rest and recovery they need. We push our bodies more than what we should and we don’t focus on the essentials, meaning we can ultimately cause more damage than good. Here at Monde, we want to encourage you to flourish and thrive, and live your best fit and healthy life, here are a number of products to help you look the part as you achieve your new and improved wellness goals.

Words By Kaylah Baker


Running is a great exercise to have in your routine for many reasons. Not only can it help to strengthen your muscles and improve your cardiovascular endurance, but it can also significantly help improve mental health.  

But instead of pushing yourself to achieve a distance of five or ten kilometres straight off the bat, it is highly recommended that you start slow and work your way up steadily. Be patient and consistent. 

For anyone already running at top notch speed, this month’s mantra also serves as a friendly reminder to listen to your body and what it needs.  

Now, no matter where you are at, there are some essentials that you will need. Firstly, and most importantly, when running outside, sun safety comes first. We recommend a good quality sunscreen like the Ultra Violette supreme screen SPF 50+. 

We also love what the Aje. Athletica range is producing at the moment – the sport socks, logo cap, and On Cloud X Trainer shoes are the ultimate dream.  

For a sporty chic look, The Upside bodysuit and an Adidas by Stella McCartney true purpose training jacket will look great when you’re in the zone listening to some music and tracking your progress.  

Aje. On Cloud X Trainer, $229.95, Aje.

Pilates/ Yoga

Here at Monde we love that Yoga and Pilates has become such a popular form of exercise. Not only are they great for teaching you how to focus on your breathing, but they also help with muscle strength, balance and flexibility.  

The key with both of these exercises is concentrating on your breathing, form and poses, and being mindful of your posture to achieve the best outcome.  

These methods can be learnt through going to a beginners class at a studio, or alternatively, through finding an instructor on YouTube who suits your vibe. 

To help you with your journey towards being a Zen Queen you will need an exercise mat. We love the luxe and slip-free warrior mat from alo yoga, and know you will love it too. The uplifting yoga block from Alo Yoga will also come in handy to help maintain stability. 

If you love the thought of going to a class, and more specifically a reformer pilates class, make sure you grab some grip socks to help you feel more confident and stable while you learn. 

Complete your pilates or yoga look with the stylish Airbrush high-waist flutter leggings and a Dolce & Gabbana cotton-blend crop top – and you’ll be strutting your way from crunch time to brunch time.  

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat, $220, Alo

Alo Yoga Uplifting Yoga Block, $48, Alo


Boxing is a great high-intensity workout that can have your whole body feeling like it has been through the wringer – but obviously, in a good way. It is great for if you are wanting a cardio-focused workout that also works to strengthen your core, lower body, and toning your arms.  

Although, if routines are not done correctly, you can be left feeling exhausted, unstable on your feet, and causing yourself injury. This is why it is paramount that you go back to the basics always, no matter how long you have been using boxing as a form of exercise.  

To help you jab, cross, hook, and uppercut your way to perfection, you will need some good quality boxing gloves and wraps. The Modest Vintage Player leather boxing gloves are great for starting out, and the added bonus is that they are super cute.   

Boxing can also be an extremely sweaty sport, so make sure you pack an alo yoga performance conquer headband in your Aje. Athletica padded oversized tote bag. And don’t forget to always pack a drink bottle.  

To dress for the cooler weather, the P.E Nation enduro jacket is great for popping on, and off, before class.  

Modest Vintage Player Black & Off-White Pro Leather Boxing Gloves, 14 oz, $165, SSENSE

Circuit Training

For those who struggle to find the time to fit in a long workout, circuit training is just about to become your best friend. Not many exercises can achieve what a good circuit can. 

Within a short time, circuit training can increase strength, stamina, mobility and improve your cardio. But, this doesn’t mean that it is a walk in the park. In fact, circuit training is intense and therefore needs to be done with the utmost care.  

We suggest that ahead of doing a circuit, you take the time to learn all the individual exercises, and practise your form in a mirror. Warming up and cooling down is also vitally important, so no matter how quick you want to get it over and done with, don’t rush through these parts.  

To help you look the part and prepare for what an at-home circuit training session may throw at you, we suggest the alo yoga performance no sweat hand towel, the Bala weighted bangles and bar weights for some extra spice, and the CW&T speed jump rope. 

Don’t forget to also rehydrate with the Aje. Athletica drink bottle, and look the part in the Adidas by Stella McCartney set. For some rest and recovery, which you will need to be mindful of, the alo magnesium rest spray is the perfect reset.  

adidas Stella Mccartney TruePurpose 2in1 Shorts, $155, Mytheresa