Working out doesn’t have to cost you a thing BUT being prepared and making your time in the gym a little more comfortable is worth the investment!
We have put together our top eight fitness essentials you should think about investing in to keep you in the game.
Wearable technology such as, activity trackers have been on the rise the last few years. It’s safe to say there are a lot around so finding the right one can be tricky. The new Fitbit Alta HR is a great example of a fitness tracker that measures your heart rate, accurate step tracking, sleep tracking and a reliable week long battery life. What we love about the Fitbit is that all the data it collects is backed up with a complementary app where you can get a more detailed picture of all the metrics that the Alta HR’s sensors are picking up along the way and a holistic picture of how you are performing.
Keeping your feet happy while you’re working out is important. Having blisters, sore spots or uncomfortable sneakers just makes your workout experience less enjoyable and can hinder your performance. The Under Armour HOVR markets itself as a running shoe but is also great to wear in the gym. It offers a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers directional strength and unparalleled comfort. Under Armour’s unique HOVR technology is housed in Energy Web to provide a ‘zero gravity feel’ underfoot, eliminating impact step after step. The full rubber outsole is durable and provides elevated traction and durability thanks to its original texture. These sneakers are just SO comforable.
3. Compression tights
In a similar vein to ‘happy feet’, having breathable, comfortable activewear is a great investment to improve your workout performance. We love compression technology such as the range from Skins.
SKINS most advanced compression technology increases muscle oxygenation, stabilises active muscles and reduces blood lactate build up, to enhance performance and speed up recovery time.
SKINS uses Dynamic Gradient Compression to support and stabilise the glutes, quads and hamstrings and offer an awesome shelf life for your active wardrobe.
There will be times when you are working out on your own so having a good set of headphones is imperative. Whether it’s to listen to Spotify’s latest “workout beats’ or to catchup on your favourite podcast you want to be listening in style.
The Jabra Elite Sport are the latest in awesome technology to compliment your workout routine. If your run takes you from a park to a busy road, a quick button press enables you to pick up your surroundings as well as your tunes. They’re also designed for calls, allowing you to wear one at a time if you desire. Each bud offers two microphones, which help to filter out background noise for the person on the other end of the line.
Although not marketed for swimming, they’re also IP67 certified water resistant. The companion app also utilizes the built-in heart rate monitor to enhance your workouts, along with the internal accelerometer to monitor your reps of squats, lunges and the like.
These are expensive buds, but the amount they can do is incredible – for many, they’ll be your go-to choice.
You don’t have to go ‘supplement crazy’ but having a good protein is a great addition to your #fitfood pantry. It can help to kick start your metabolism, maintain a healthy weight and enhance tissue repair and growth. We love the vegan range from Welleco.
The combination of organic pea and rice protein provides all 9 essential amino acids in a plant-based vegan protein. It contains a careful mix of pre and probiotics to support digestion. A healthy gut pH balance, equals less bloating and a flatter tummy.
One of the reasons we love it is that it’s free from heavily processed whey protein, synthetics and artificial sweetners and it is wheat, dairy and soy free.
6. Clinique Fit Face wipes
After an intense sweat sesh removing any makeup or just giving your skin a quick refresh is such a great feeling. The Clinique Fit face wipes removes excess dirt, oil and sweat that can cause pores to clog or lead to breakouts. They are also a great size and can easily fit in your gym bag!
7. BRITA Water bottle
Hydration whilst your working out is key and having the option of keeping hydrated with filtered water is a game changer. Brita offers filtered water on the go, it is BPA free, looks chic and the filter only needs to be replaced on average every four weeks.
8. Lululemon Gym Towel
Lululemon offers great workout gear but what we especially love are their accessories. Even their gym towels look fashionable and the absorbent microfiblre technology is perfect for hot yoga, indoor cycling and the gym!
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