Maybe you want to shed some winter weight or you’re just looking to add some new healthy habits to your routine? Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to start working out – and since the hardest part of exercise is actually getting started, we took the guesswork out of it for you. Before you go buy the hottest new equipment or flashiest new apparel, read this list. We’ve got the basics covered, so you can focus on hitting the gym (or the trails or the pavement).
- Good shoes: It doesn’t matter if you’re taking up running or lifting weights at the gym, the right pair of shoes are crucial for comfort and function. Plus, when your shoes fit the way they’re supposed to you can worry about getting in that extra mile or final set, not stopping short to fight blisters. Think beyond the workout and invest in tennis shoes with built-in technology to fight against odors. This way you can focus on crushing your PR, not stinking up your laundry room.
- Dumbbells: If you’re not ready to invest in a full-time gym membership or boutique group classes, investing in a few pieces of versatile equipment you can use at home is a great way to kick start your new fitness routine. Dumbbells are great for strength training, including full-body, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, and isolated muscle workouts, many of which you can find online. (Pro tip: we love these ladies and her and they’re great, too!) Plus, dumbbells are the perfect way to take your cardio workouts to the next level. We can hear the calories burning from here.
- Water bottle: We all know that staying hydrated is crucial to a healthy routine whether you’re working out or not. Invest in a water bottle with a fun design or inspirational motto to keep you motivated to get in your suggested eight glasses a day. Be sure to wash it out and let it fully dry between uses. The University of Calgary conducted research on water bottles and found that nearly two-thirds had bacteria levels exceeding water guidelines after remaining at room temperature for an extended period of time.
- The right apparel: It’s important to get workout gear that’s going to last, but when you’re washing your clothes after every wear you’re shortening that product’s life span. Purchase workout gear that does more for you, like pieces infused with antimicrobial technology that fights odor so your clothes get more wear out of them and you can worry less about stink.
- Yoga mat: Whether you’re committed to making an at-home gym work or you took the plunge and purchased a few group classes, having your own yoga mat can save you time and hassle. But sometimes, yoga mats can be filled with bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other not so awesome workout buddies. Purchasing your own not only makes sure it gets the proper wipe down between workouts but will help you focus on your breathing and not the odor and mildew your yoga mat is housing.
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