One of the best things about working out is that there are some fitness programs that don’t require any special equipment. All you need is some loose, comfortable clothing, and you’re good to go. While it won’t affect your workout negatively if you choose to keep it simple, investing in some good workout gear could greatly enhance the benefits of exercise on your body.
Initially, it might seem a bit extravagant to spend lots of money on dumbbells, workout clothes, and exercise equipment, but there are many ways that investing in workout gear can improve your fitness regime. There’s actually a reason that fancy workout tanks, leggings, and sneakers have become the standard at the gym and in the studio. People who wear fitness apparel have tapped into a real psychological phenomenon called “enclothed cognition,” which suggests that the clothing a person wears can trigger mental changes that positively affect their performance. Additionally, exercise equipment can help you target specific areas, or enable you to workout safely and reduce the risk of injury.
There is no set budget for gym equipment; you can spend as much, or as little as you like on your fitness apparel.
As stated above, wearing the correct fitness clothes can shift your mental perception and encourage you to perform better in your exercise. Dr. Jonathan Fader, sports psychologist for the New York Mets, has suggested that putting on fitness gear is similar to an actor putting on a costume for a performance. When you put on your leggings and tank top, not only are you more inclined to actually be active, but Fader says those tank tops and racer-backs will also make you feel more confident in your abilities, which could lead to an improved focus, motivation, and gains.
Perhaps it is a self-fulfilling prophecy, but the right exercise clothes impact your physical performance, as well as your mental perspective. Weightlifters wear bodybuilding clothing to flatter their enhanced physique, and because the clothes are made from high-quality fabrics that are designed to help their skin breath through an intense workout. More importantly, the clothes they wear are designed to wash well.
Never underestimate the power a great pair of running shoes can have on your half-marathon training, or how crucial it is to have real-deal bike shorts for long rides. Wearing the correct size running shoes can also prevent blisters, shin splints, and foot or ankle injuries. Considering how an injury can put your workouts on a substantial hiatus, it’s well worth investing in clothes, shoes, and gear that will help lower your risk of getting hurt. What you wear directly affects your performance.
Once you’ve assembled your athletic wardrobe you need to look at which gadgets can help you take your workout to the next level. While gadgets are not essential to a fitness regime, and most people do get by without them, they can help you track your performance and make it easier for your to plan out some realistic fitness goals. A sporty armband and sports earphones are a basic example of popular workout gear. Most people enjoy listening to music while they jog, but they don’t want to deal with tangling cords. Wireless earphones have become a favorite amongst runners, as they have a long battery life, good sound quality, and they don’t get tangled around your body.
Since phones are the main source of music, and can sometimes double up as a pedometer or distance tracker, runners use an armband to keep them on hand, while still protecting them from sweat.
Other gadgets include pedometers, heart rate monitors, and apps on your phone where you can monitor your activities and estimate how many calories you’ve burnt. If you’d like to see the effect your diet has on your workout, there are also apps that tell you how many calories you’ve consumed per meal.
Small exercise products
If you’re not ready to build a full-on home gym, or you don’t have the space for one, begin by buying some small exercise tools that you can keep at home. They don’t have to be expensive, or even take up a lot of space. Even if you have a budget that’s basically non-existent, you can still have a few tools lying around to help you target your problem areas.
A stability ball will help you get an excellent flat-belly workout, and you can use it in a pilates routine. Jump ropes cost almost nothing at a toy store, yet they are a really good way of getting an intense cardio workout in your living room. Ten minutes of continuous jumps is the equivalent of about 30 minutes of running.
Adjustable dumbbells give you a lot of different weight selections for less money than a bunch of individual weights, and they take up a lot less space than a full set. If you can’t afford dumbbells yet, a resistance band will provide the same effect in a full-body workout.
If you’re looking for something a little more intensive, but still relatively cheap, try using a pull-up bar. This equipment is easy to install in your doorway, it supports all your weight, and it comes off easily. If you make a point to do as many as you can each time you walk through the door, you’ll find improvement comes quicker than expected.
One of the benefits of working out at home is that it’s cheaper than a gym membership, and less crowded. However, the equipment in the gym can give you a better workout than most of the small exercise tools in your house. To compromise, you can save up for one piece of gym equipment that you feel would benefit you most.
Rowing machines can help improve your fitness level by building and toning muscles, strengthening cardiovascular function, and improving your endurance. Rowing can also prevent injuries for people with back and joint problems, as it places little strain on these areas as long as they’re using good form.