Fitness Musts: what you need for a workout

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With the summer holidays getting closer and closer, many of you will be dreaming of all the ways you’ll be able to achieve those beach bodies. Whether it’s going for a run with friends from work or hitting the gym a few times a week, there are all sorts of ways in which you can get into shape and still have fun. However, what we want to know is, have you got the right attire for a workout? If the answer is no, then don’t worry. From sports bras to towels, here are our fitness must haves to get you ready for the summer.

Clothing

Before you do anything else, it’s essential to ensure that you have the right clothes. If you’re going to the gym then remember, it isn’t a fashion show! Practicality should be a priority, not to mention your health and safety. Opting for clothes which you tend to use for everyday wear could potentially restrict your workout. Perhaps the material isn’t stretchy enough, or could interfere with the equipment? Our suggestion is, put thought into what you choose. Girls, buy some sports bras for running; boys, don’t underestimate the value of a good pair of shorts. Clothing can really make a difference, so don’t neglect it!

Shoes

The truth is that what you wear on your feet is just as important as what you wear on your body. When exercising, your feet tend to bear the brunt of the pressure, so take the time to find a pair of pumps or trainers that are perfect for your fitness activities. Again, comfort is the most crucial aspect, and although the design you’re looking at may appear expensive, spending a little more on a decent pair of trainers is well worth the investment, particularly if you’re a runner.  Finding the ideal footwear can work wonders on your feet (and your workout!) You can thank us later.

Equipment

So by this point, hopefully you’ll be kitted out in suitable shoes and clothing. But the question now is, what do you need to take with you? Of course it depends on the amount of exercise you intend to do and where etc. However, there are definitely staple items needed for every sports bag. Firstly, water. No matter what type of activity you’re embarking on, be it cycling or running, you need to keep hydrated. Another essential for your bag is a small towel, deodorant and possibly extra clothing (these are always useful to keep you looking and feeling fresh). And finally, your iPod. Having the extra company of your favourite music can really help you stay motivated. Although, if you’re going swimming then maybe give it a miss.

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