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Your Recovery Plan

Breakups suck. If you've never been through one, count yourself lucky and embrace your virgin heart. If you have, well, we feel your pain. But the best part about breakups (because there is an upside, we promise) is that you are suddenly gifted with an excuse to #treatyoself. That can come in the form of ice cream/Netflix couch marathons or a good, hard, Kim K-level ugly cry. Or maybe you just need to eat all the pizza you want, because sometimes that's the best way to "pizza" your heart back together (sorry, we had to).

But once you're passed the wine-and-rom-coms stage, there comes a time to get your shit together, take ownership of your life, and create something amazing to fill this new open space in your life. The best way to fill it? New muscles, hours at the gym, and new gym friends. (After all, exercise has a whole slew of mental health benefits—and that doesn't even include the red-hot revenge body you're sure to get.)

These workouts are perfect for pushing past your emotional discomfort, and creating physical discomfort instead. We asked a crew of trainers and instructors from studios around New York exactly why their type of workout is kickass for kicking heartbreak's ass. Crush each of these, and we bet you'll be feeling more badass than broken-hearted.

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This 20-Minute Cardio Blast Makes the Treadmill Obsolete

There are a million myths out there about how to make cardio work for you, but the most effective burn always comes from combining the best of both worlds. This workout from Grokker will have you pushing through strength and cardio moves to maximize your routine in a short amount of time (and you don't even need any equipment to get started!)

These Pastel Workout Clothes Are Pretty Tough

Beyond Yoga Fine Lines Bra

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Spring's subdued hues are a welcome addition to the bright, flashy prints out there, especially in feminine silhouettes like this strappy bra. ($69; beyondyoga.com)

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Nike Juvenate Sneakers

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Give yourself a little color therapy with these minty green kicks. They're cute with any neutral workout outfit, plus they work with boyfriend jeans and a tee. ($85; nike.com) (Scope more Sneakers That Will Change the Way You Work Out.)

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Alo Yoga Airbrush Capri

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The snakeskin print on these crops adds a little bite to their pale palette. Throw on a white tank and you're set. ($78; aloyoga.com)

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Nixon Time Teller P

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Keep your eye on the time with this colorful watch, which was designed in a soft material especially for comfort on your wrist. It's also waterproof (up to 100 meters!), so you can wear it for both sweaty and underwater workouts. ($60; nixon.com)

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Tory Sport Color-Block Shelf Bra Tank

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A built-in-bra tank is ideal for a low-impact workout like yoga or pilates, and the darker colorblocked side panels on this one are seriously flattering. ($85; torysport.com)

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Roxy Devotee Tank

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This moisture-wicking cutout back top will keep you cool during sun-drenched spring runs. ($38; roxy.com) (Love this style? We've got more Trendy Mesh Workout Clothes Perfect for Breaking a Sweat In.)

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Westward Leaning Pharaoh 10 Sunglasses

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These sunnies give a whole new meaning to the phrase "softer shades." ($245; westwardleaning.com)

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Sweaty Betty Challenge Run Shorts

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Reflective details and perforated accents make these candy-colored shorts feel extra special. ($90; sweatybetty.com)

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Ballet Beautiful Leotard

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Whether you're gearing up to tackle a dance cardio class or heading to the barre, this ballet-slipper-pink leo will have you feeling the part. ($60; net-a-porter.com)

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Le Sportsac CR Large Weekender

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This huge weekender has pockets aplenty to stash all your stuff. ($200; lesportsac.com) (Psst... There's more: 15 Gym Bags for the Sweaty But Stylish.)

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Lorna Jane Eclipse Sports Bra

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Pastels really brighten up neutrals, and this bra handles the color combo choice for you. Pull on black, grey or white bottoms and your outfit is complete. ($67; lornajane.com)

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Swim Tote

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Bring this sunny tote along next time you're swimming laps––its exterior is water-resistant vinyl and it comes with a waterproof pouch for your swimsuit. ($165; shopbop.com)

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