Having the perfect fitness tools at your disposal can help you get more out of your workout, and improve your performance.
As big a part of my life as the IT world is, it’s not the only thing I think about. I also happen to be an avid fitness enthusiast! I believe exercise and wellness are big parts of leading a happy, healthy, and successful life, and I’d like to pass that on to you.
In this series, I’ll share simple and effective tips and insight for leading a healthier life. Keep these in mind, and you’ll be surprised by how soon you feel a difference!
This week I’ll be sharing three fitness products every fitness enthusiast should have in order to get more out of your fitness routine.
The right gear can make a huge difference. Try thinking of your gym routine like any other athletic activity – you need the right equipment in order to perform well, and play safely. Working out is no different. Whether your thing is running, weightlifting, palliates, or yoga, there are certain items you’re going to need.
When it comes to fitness necessities, some things are universal. You might have slightly different requirements or use items in a slightly different way, but these three things are important to own just the same.
This one is obvious for runners, who need shoes that fit well, offer support in all the right places, and help prevent injuries. But the same goes for weightlifters. If deadlifts and squats are a major part of your routine, having shoes meant specifically for weightlifting is a must. The lack of thick soles will let you lift with more force, and the built-in ankle support improves stability – a good pair of canvas high tops are an acceptable alternative if you find weightlifting shoes to be a little out of your price range.
For those who tend to stick with low-impact fitness activities, a comfortable pair of sneakers is all you need. Just remember that arch support is something you’re going to want, regardless of which pieces of equipment or exercises you plan to do.
2) Foam Rollers
This might seem like an odd item to call a must-have, but the versatility this inexpensive piece of equipment offers is hard to beat. Foam rollers are a perfect way to stretch out your muscles before and after a workout. Much like a massage, these rollers help your muscles to loosen up and repair themselves, but for a fraction of what routine trip to a masseuse would cost. Plus, you can use them anywhere at any time, even if you haven’t worked out that day. There are a ton of great YouTube videos that can teach you how to get the most out of your foam rollers.
It’s significantly easier to focus on your workout when you’ve got the right music to motivate you, or the right podcast to help you relax and settle into a good rhythm. When you’re working out at home, you can turn your phone, computer, or stereo up as loud as you’d like, but out on a run or at the gym, that’s a different story. For those occasions, you need a good set of headphones.
Thankfully, technology has given us the perfect solution to the frustration of ill-fitting earbuds and annoying cords – Bluetooth.
A set of wireless Bluetooth headphones can be a little pricey, but like a good pair of shoes, they’re completely worth the investment. Wireless headphones – particularly those meant for fitness – give you the freedom to move how you want, where you want without the risk of getting tangled up in wires or knocking an earbud flying. Your headphones will stay snug in your ears, so your music or podcast won’t get interrupted. Fitness headphones are durable and waterproof, which means you won’t have to worry about them being damaged by sweat.
At the end of the day, what makes something a must-own item is the value it offers you. With these items, their functionality alone is worth their price tag. There are a ton of other great fitness products available, designed to make working out easier, safer, and more enjoyable, but in my opinion? It’s these three you’ll want to invest in first because they can help reduce your risk of injury.
If you roll an ankle, strain a muscle, or fall or drop something because you’re distracted, that recovery time will make reaching your fitness goals that much harder. Nothing hurts your motivation and progress as much as an avoidable injury.