Looking through my closet, it’s a sad fact that I have more fitness gear than “regular” clothes. Being on maternity leave only amplifies that because I spend my days in yoga pants not jeans or dress pants.
Even so, there are some items that I simply cannot do without and think that everyone should own exactly what I do because I love it so much.
Here are some of my fitness items that I have happily spent my hard earned dollars (and some of hubby’s) on:
1. Compression Socks: This is a very recent discovery for me and my oh my how I wish I had known about these a long time ago. I use them more for long run recovery than while I’m running and they help my legs recover so much faster. After a long run, I put them on and my aches and pains are so minimal that I’m not hobbling around for the next few days. I’m good as new within a day.
Brand I Like: CEP Compression: I have 2 pair now and they are amazing. The fit is good, they are readily available both locally and online and they make a pair with maple leafs on them. Makes this Canadian smile
2. Fuel Belt: I like to carry as little as possible with me when I’m running. Tunes, phone, fuel and ID. I like having a small belt that I can fit one or all items in that doesn’t weigh me down, bounce when I’m running or chaff. When my gym membership takes effect, my hope is that I will be able to run there and back a couple of times a week. I don’t want to be carrying a big bag with me when I do that. A small belt with a pouch solves that problem. Think of it like a stylish fanny pack 😉
Brand I Like: SPI Belt. Small, thin with no bulk at all. Once I get it where I want it, it really doesn’t move. It’s so small and yet stretches out to fit my phone with room to spare for ID, energy chews and a house or car key. I used it on my recent 10 miler and I had a moment of panic when I thought it had fallen off because I felt nothing. (sorry, no picture of it as I wear it under my shirt. But check out the link to the website to see them).
3. Quality Workout Clothes: This probably seems like a no brainer but I know so many people who spend a little and get even less for their money. I don’t particularly want to spend a lot of money on my workout clothes but I’m happy to do so if I know what I’m paying for will go the distance. I know of brands that charge an arm and a leg for the name stitched on the clothes when something that costs half the price has a much longer life.
Brand I Like: Under Armour. I’ve shouted my love for this brand on many occasions. I’m highly fond of it. It fits well, looks great and is priced reasonably. I also like their What’s Beautiful campaign and how it aims to empower women to sweat every day, set lofty goals and keep plugging away until they are met. This brand hits me in all the right places. Plus, you can usually get some pretty sweet deals at the outlet stores (I’ve shopped them online and never been disappointed).
4. Garmin: I like having a record of my runs and training. Even though I don’t pay attention to my pace while I’m running, I like to have some stats to look at when I’m done. I like proof of my training and am a bit of a geek in that I like to see my progress. It’s also handy because I take regular walk breaks and the Garmin tells me when to do that so I’m not always guessing.
Model I Like: Forerunner 305. This watch is discontinued but still available. I’ve never had an issue with it and though it’s a bit bulky on my bony little arms, it’s not heavy. It’s full of options and comes with a heart strap for heart rate monitoring.
5. Quality Running Shoes: It may seem like a no-brainer but I know so many new runners (my hubby included) that don’t wear proper footwear when they run. Running shoes are designed to handle the constant impact of your legs pounding the pavement, treadmill, trails. It’s really important to be fitted with a proper shoe to avoid injury, blisters and get the most out of your run.
Brand I like: Asics. I love the feel of these shoes on my feet. The gel cushioning is wonderful and the shoe is very lightweight and fit to handle my wide feet.
Your Turn: what are some of your must-have items for running or other fitness activities?
NOTE: All these products were purchased with my own money. I was not asked to post info on any of these companies or products. I’m simply sharing my love for some good fitness products. None of the links provided are affiliate links. I am not profiting in any way by posting this article.