What Equipment Do I Need to Exercise?

What Equipment Do I Need to Exercise?

There are a number of things that you simply need for almost any exercise routine, so it’s good to invest your money and time into getting these together from the start so that you’re all set to go.

Good-fitting, well-cushioned shoes

Good-fitting, well-cushioned shoes
Well-cushioned shoes

These should reduce stress on your joints during high-impact activities such as running, as well as support your ankles. Break them in around the house before you put on them to exercise.

Loose or stretchy exercise clothing

There’s an amazing range of stylish sportswear these days, so enjoy experimenting to find the pieces in which you feel most confident.

Good-quality socks

These will maximize your comfort. Make sure that they are snug-fitting so that they don’t wrinkle beneath your feet when you move, causing blisters.

A sports bra
A fitting sports bra

A sports bra that provides proper support for your size and shape

A good sports bra prevents discomfort during workout and also helps to minimize future sagging. Some specialty stores offer a personalized fitting service.

Set of hand weights

Hand weights provide increased resistance in certain workouts to offer you a harder workout session. If you don’t have any, two small bottles of water would also be fine.

Music device

Listening to music that you love is usually a great motivator as you exercise. You could play background music on your stereo or use headphones with a portable device such as an iPod or cell phone.

Exercise mat

This will protect your backbone when you do floor exercises. Such mats can be found on-line and at most sporting goods shops. If you don’t have one, you can use a thick towel.

Water

Exercise mat
Exercise mat

Always having water available to sip throughout your workout as required will help to prevent dehydration.

Occasional extras

  • Cushion and/or or rolled-up towel for extra support
  • Exercise ball (also known as a Swiss ball)—available on-line and at most sporting goods shops
  • Resistance band—available on-line and at most sporting goods shops
  • Tennis ball, soccer ball, or other small- to medium-sized ball
  • Firm chair to sit on, and step for certain leg and foot exercises
  • Notebook and pen to keep record of your goals and progress

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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