Having the right gear and accessories is a must when maintaining a workoutÂ regimen. Â Pedometers, for example, can help one to stay on track during a workout by providing essential information such as calories burned and heart rate. Â How about items such as wrist weights that can help intensify your normal workout and allow for extra calorie burn? Â And let’s not forget about gear such as the right socks (did you know that they actually have padded socks that provide additional comfort?) or a good sports bra that provides the support a woman needs when working out. Â Here are a few ideas on what you can get for that fitness freak you know (or a wish list you can use for yourself).
Wrist weights: The cool thing I really like about wrist weights is that they help to intensify my workouts without actually changing up my workout…meaning I don’t have to do any different exercises. Â The additional weights I’m carrying help to make for a slightly more intense and sweaty workout that also helps me to increase calorie burn, which is my main goal. Â The weights I own are only 1 pound each but make a noticeable difference when I wear them. Â Who wouldn’t want something that can help increase intensity of a workout without having to actually change up the workout?
Water/sweat resistant headbands: OK I don’t know about you but I sweat A LOTÂ when I work out. Â Carrying a towel is not always the most convenient thing to do when, for example, I’m running. Â So I decided to try a water/sweat resistant headband and….so far so good! Â I have noticed a difference with less sweat coming from the top of my head then running down my face (so annoying!). Â So I will definitely say to the ladies that it’s nice to have a few of these on hand. Â You can find them in different colors to match your workout clothes, too. Â I’ve seen some cute enough to wear even when I’m not working out!
Waist pouch: Waist pouches aren’t what they used to be! Â Instead of just the big, bulky and sometimes awkward-to-wear pouches that have been available for years there are now much smaller ones. Â These smaller versions are large enough to hold your essential items such as a mobile phone, credit card, and ID. Â What makes this possible is that they stretch to fit your items.Â Â I recently purchased one of these for the first time at a run expo and it definitely meets my needs…it’s handy enough to use even when I’m just out and aboutÂ and do not necessarily feel like taking my purse. Â I have one from Spibelt. Â Paid 20 bucks for it and it is definitely well worth the money!
Shoes: Wearing the right shoes is very important when working out. Â From my own experience, I can recall getting blisters on the inner part of my feet while running in the wrong type of shoes. Â Wearing the wrong shoes while working out can alsoÂ cause other injuries to your body as well as slow you down. Â Depending on the type of workout you may want to do a little research to find what the best type of shoe may be. Â Nonetheless, I’m sure the person receiving a great pair of shoes to work out in will be very thankful for this as a gift. Â Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have a stocking large enough to hold them 🙂
Socks: The right shoes are important to wear but have you ever thought about the wearing the right socks? Â Although I don’t think it’s as important as wearing the right shoes wearing comfortable socks can also benefit one while working out. Â Also, just like wearing the right shoes a good pair of socks can help prevent blisters that may result from working out. Â Some socks can provide extra foot and ankle support while others may soften your landing and help to increase speed. Â Just think how much a workout can be improved by simply wearing a great pair of shoes and socks!
Headphones/ear buds: Not much to say here since this item speaks for itself. Â A cool playlist or music streaming service can make a workout easier to get through by keeping you motivated. If you’re willing to pay a little more you can even get the wireless ones. Â A good pair of headphones or ear buds is a must have for the fitness freak.
Pedometer: Pedometers help us keep track of our workouts by providing essential information such as heart rate, calorie burn, distance, and number of steps taken. Â You can also find them available at various prices depending on what features you are looking for. Â I found a basic one for as low as $3 at a dollar store. Â While you can download pedometer apps it is nice to have one independent of your mobile device that you can easily wear all day and/or while doing your workouts.
I hope you find these ideas helpful! Â And although Christmas is only two days away these are all items that you should easily find in a local retail store. Â So get to shopping!