Essential exercise kit…
Tuesday 5th January 2016
If you are thinking about getting active by trying out new sports or hitting the gym, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of exercise kit and accessories that are available on the high street. To make things simple, we’ve set out the top five exercise essentials…
Work-out shoes: Whatever type of exercise or training you do it’s important to have the right pair of shoes which are designed for that activity. For example, if you are doing a lot of running it may be worthwhile to invest in some running shoes which will support your feet. If you wear ill-fitting shoes or those which are not appropriate for exercise, you can risk causing yourself an injury (or blisters!)
Water bottle: It’s important to stay hydrated whilst exercising so you should try to drink water frequently throughout. Dehydration (when the water content in your body falls too low) can have a big effect on your exercise performance. The more you sweat, the more you need to drink - so make sure you have a water bottle on hand to keep you hydrated!
Clothing that is comfortable but supportive: Exercise in breathable, well-fitting clothes that you are able to move about freely in. Clothes that are restrictive or chafe will not only affect your ability to get the most out of your work-out but can also make you feel uncomfortable and demotivated. Research from the US has found that by simply putting on exercise gear, you are more likely to get into the right frame of mind to start exercising which can make your workout more effective!
Towel: sweating during exercise is to be expected but make sure you are prepared by having a towel on hand!
Heart rate monitor or timer: Heart rate monitors can help tell you exactly how your work-out is affecting your body and thus how effective it is. Timers can also help you monitor progress and compare how you are doing. There are a also a range of apps out there which can help you keep a record of your work-out and the effectiveness of your exercise regime.
- NHS guidance on choosing sports shoes
- Information on essentials foods and drinks for when you are taking part in sport
- How the clothes you exercise in can affect your motivation
This article has been brought to you using public health information freely available online (click on links in the article for more information). benenden health has not provided any direct medical advice within this article. Please consult the sources provided if you would like further information or support.