With summer just around the corner, the arduous journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle is in full swing for many. Although some are veterans in this game, many of us are new, and that's perfectly okay. For the fresh to fitness, these are the products we'd recommend to get you geared up and ready to tackle the sweat!
Fitness tracker: When you're just starting out, a fitness tracker can be the device that holds you accountable and encourages you to work out. Depending on the tracker you choose, you'll be able to see the number of steps you've taken, calories burned, minutes of activity, and more. We recommend the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband (
$99.99 $74.99, Road Runner Sports), which does all that is mentioned and even tracks the quality of your sleep. Track your progress via the app for Apple or Android devices.
Wireless earphones: You don't want to have the cords of typical earphones hitting you in the face while you work out. Wireless earphones are a great investment, and we suggest investing in the Jarv Mach 1 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds (
$99.99 $26.95, LeftLane Sports). This set comes with a universal armband that holds most smartphones and portable devices as well.
Smartphone armband: If you're not keen on holding anything during your fitness session, pick up an armband to hold your device. Check out the Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket Armband ($44.95, Backcountry) for a reliable piece to store your phone. It's waterproof, easily adjustable, and touchscreen compatible.
Athletic apparel: What you wear can make a big difference in your fitness performance. You want breathable, dry-fit material, ideally, so you can perspire and feel airy throughout. For ladies, some of our top options come from Under Armour - UA Fly-By Running Short Sleeve Shirt ($39.99), Armour Low Sports Bra ($24.99), and UA Launch Tulip Running Shorts ($34.99). For guys, we're loving the pieces from Backcountry - Under Armour Tech T-Shirt ($24.99) and Nike Distance 7in Running Short ($49.95).
Sneakers: No matter what type of fitness you plan on doing, having a great pair of sneakers will make your workouts much more successful. If you're going to become a runner, we love the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 (
$119.95 $85.46, Road Runner Sports) and the Nike Free RN Distance ( $119.95 $85.46, Road Runner Sports).
Athletic accessories: The little details matter when it comes to fitness. Did you know there are socks designed specifically for your sport? There are also specific hair ties you can use to hold your hair better, as well as athletic tape, insoles, and other accessories to improve your performance. Find these Lorpen T3 Trial Running Ultra Light Socks (
$11 $4.95, LeftLane Sports) here.