Workouts require more than just motivation.You need the right extras. With just a few essential pieces of workout gear, your fitness routine will go from being a drag to dynamite in no time.
Music changes your mindset, no matter what you’re doing. And when it comes to working out, music is key to keeping you energized. It’s a proven fact that music helps reduce your perceived level of pain and exhaustion, which in turn can help boost the length and level of your workout. All you need are headphones and a device designed for your sport, and you can start making playlists or finding ones online. Best of all, music can help pace you if you’re running, biking, or swimming, so try building from 120 beats per minute up to 150 beats per minute.
The Right Clothes
Take the time to figure out what kind of clothes and shoes you need for your workout. You may need special shoes or orthotics, so do some research and ask a professional for recommendations. Avoid cotton clothing and socks because they hold in moisture and become heavy and smelly. Instead, choose synthetic fabrics designed to wick sweat away from your body so you stay cool.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Pay attention to your hydration needs. Drink plenty of water the day before a big workout or fitness event, and keep a water bottle on hand during your workouts. Runners and bikers can benefit from a hydration belt, which makes it easy to carry water with you so you can stay replenished.
Don’t buy into every fad, but consider investing in some training items that can help vary your workouts and make life easier:
- Yoga Mat – Makes cooling down and stretching way less painful.
- UltraSlide Slideboard – Great low-impact cross training.
- Jump Rope – Works every muscle in the body and improves cardio.
Roll It Out
Rollers are one of the most effective, yet underutilized recovery tools available. They use the power of your body weight for deep tissue massage and recovery, and they actually help lengthen your muscles. Many specialized options are available, including large foam rollers, portable plastic rollers, and small, spiky balls designed especially for your feet.