Having the most simple and proper fitness gear for your workout can be just as important as the workout itself, which is why I teamed up with an amazing group of fitness bloggers for an amazing giveaway (this giveaway has since ended).
There is so much fitness gear out here to choose from, how do you know which ones are right for you?
Well, don’t think too hard. Sometimes simple is better.
Here are 7 simple fitness must haves to benefit any workout:
This one is probably one of the more obvious things that you need for a workout. And coincidentally, it is one of the secrets to a perfect workout.
Yep, it all starts in the feet.
Having the right sneakers will make all the difference in your feet, which helps keep your knees healthy, which help maintains your back & posture, and etc, etc. I think you get it.
Different activities will require different footwear. Any good sales associate in the store should be able to assist you.
Yes, socks…makes sense right? It goes hand in hand with number one. If you don’t have the proper socks, then your sneakers probably won’t fit your feet properly. They’ll either be too tight or too loose and neither one is good for your feet.
So don’t feel weird if you have to switch sock brands or types.
You can’t really do a squat in correct form in your skinny jeans…so I’ve heard.
Having the right workout clothes includes tops, bottoms, and yes ladies, sports bras.
My personal preference to exercise in is capri leggings, tank top and a very fitting sports bra (the tighter the better).
Making sure the clothes fit well is important. Too loose and it might get caught on equipment. Too tight and you may not be able to move correctly or you may even feel self conscious, which will distract you from your workout.
4. Water bottle
Having a water bottle will help keep you hydrated before, during, and after your workout.
However, not all water bottles are created equal. I’ve had to go through quite a few of them. My main problem was the cleaning part of it. If the mouth piece is too complicated it is harder to clean. And then I eventually stop using it.
There’s so many different types of water bottles you may have to try a few out to find the right one.
5. Miscellaneous accessories
Depending on the type of activity you are doing you may or may not need extra stuff. For example, are you a runner? Then you may want gloves, sunglasses, and a hat if you’re running outside in the cold.
If you are playing a contact sport, you may need a mouthguard.
Depending on how you sweat you may want a headband and wristbands.
6. Fitness devices
Devices that track your activity can be a great motivator. They can hold you accountable, yet help you see the progress you have made over the days, weeks, and months.
There are devices out there that can track your steps as a runner or walker, sleep, heart rate, and more. You will have to figure out what type of activity you want tracked and go from there to find the right device.
Some devices include: Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, and Polar.
7. Fitness bag
What good is having all of this stuff if you don’t have anything to carry it in? If you go to the gym straight from work or other location you’ll need something to bring all your gear with you.
Bags include anything from a backpack to a duffle bag. You may not want something too big because then it becomes a pain, but it can’t be too small because your stuff may not fit.
I personally use a backpack. The side has a spot for my water bottle and the front has a small compartment to carry a gym lock and earbuds if I should need them. The inside has plenty of room for my sneakers, socks, workout clothes, and a towel.
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY (this giveaway has since ended)
Yes, the time has come for the Under Armour gift card holiday giveaway! Don’t know what Under Armour is? Their main focus is providing you specially engineered fitness apparel that keeps you cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout.
They have something for men, women, and kids, and their products include everything from t-shirts and hoodies to underwear, shoes, and accessories like hats, socks, bags, and more.
Terms & Conditions: This giveaway opens on 11/27/15 and ends on 12/17/15. It is open to the residents of the United States only. There will be 1 winner of a $280 eCard. Winners must be 18 years or older to win. Winners must complete all entries to be entered to win. The Frugal Exerciser will choose a winner no later than 12/18/15 via Rafflecopter. The entries will be verified and the winner will be contacted via email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and claim prize. If the winner doesn’t claim prize within 48 hours their prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be chosen. By entering this giveaway you are abiding by all laws and regulations in your country.