The beginning of your year may be ripe with broken New Year’s resolutions and constant starts and stops along your fitness journey. Ever thought that the one element making a difference in your motivation is your gear?
Can Fitness Gear Be the Key to Workout Motivation?
That’s right! Your gear can have a significant impact in motivating you to reach your fitness goals for two reasons. First of all, when you purchase cool, new stuff, you are all the more inspired to use it. Secondly, if you create a reward system related to your goals, actually getting your butt to the gym can result in you buying those new kicks you’ve been eyeing (or whatever else sparks your fancy).
You don’t have to spend all your loot to get fun gear that will have you eager for your next sweat sesh. Below are a few categories of items that can bump your fitness motivation all the way up.
No matter what type of workout you’re doing – running, hiking, on equipment, etc. – your shoes can make or break your performance. What’s on your feet has the power to propel you through a tough workout, or leave you injured and limping away in defeat.
Choose shoes that align with the activity you do the most. And, always try on shoes standing up, either in the evening or after a workout when your feet are at their largest. Allow a half-inch of space between your big toe and the tip of the shoe for ultimate comfort.
What you wear during your workout sessions is also important for optimal performance. It all comes down to what you’re doing since everything from yoga to cycling requires different ensembles. In general, a cotton t-shirt and shorts won’t get you through every type of workout. Performance activewear is generally made with sweat-wicking fabrics, such as Lycra or polyester blend that absorb sweat away from the body. Such materials keep your body from being drenched with sweat and hot in the summer or shivering from cold in the winter months.
Think about which activities you do the most and select stylish, layer-able, and comfortable pieces that are appropriate for each activity. While shopping, try a few signature moves to be sure each piece allows maximum performance.
When it comes to workout gear, an activity tracker is the ultimate device for assessing the way you move and helping you improve in your designated activities. These handy devices come in watches, bracelets, and clip-on form. The latest technology is making wearables the biggest thing in fitness, but these cool gadgets can come with hefty price tags. To avoid breaking the bank, decide on a budget before researching your options.
While not exactly gear, the pre- and post-workout snacks you turn to can also influence your performance and how well you bounce back from a workout. You’re not a dog, and we don’t condone rewarding yourself with food. Still, choosing a healthy subscription box allows you to sample healthy foods so that you can eliminate the inner battle of what to eat before or after your gym visit. Plus, with options from herbal teas to dried fruits and nuts, these boxes can also motivate you to continue on your journey to greater health.