Best Accessories for an Active Lifestyle

Working out isn’t just about fitness—it’ also about having fun! Having the right gear creates a better and more inspiring workout that is sure to keep you on the right track to athletic success. Incorporate these accessories into your routine and you’ll have a more fun and efficient fitness regimen.

Sunglasses

If you like to exercise outside, you need a trusty pair of shades to keep your eyes protected. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate the eyes and skin and cause harmful effects, including damaged vision and an increased risk in skin cancer. Get a cool pair of women’s sunglasses to protect your eyes in style.

Active Wear

Working out has never been more appealing. New lines of active wear have made working out more fun—so much so that women are sporting their yoga leggings everywhere they go! Keep yourself motivated with cute active wear at almost any clothing retail store. While brands like Lululemon and Ivy Park are trendy and fun, there are cheaper alternatives that don’t have to break the bank. Target has upped their game with athletic wear, and even Forever 21 has some cute options. Motivate yourself with strappy sports bras, graphic print pants, and more to keep yourself inspired.

Shoes

Many fitness experts will tell you that your feet are the most important part of your body. Your feet affect your legs, hips, back, shoulders and overall posture. When your feet go bad, it creates a chain reaction that affects the rest of your body. This is why shoes are incredibly important; protect your feet and your body with the right shoes for your fitness level and workout. Get fitted for the perfect shoe for you from experts at your local athletic store. Don’t forget that shoes should be replaced at least once a year or sooner if you are more active.

Yoga Mat

Yogis and athletes alike are turning to yoga as a “softcore” alternative to strenuous workouts like P90x. Yoga stretching and static exercise corrects posture and opens all parts of the body to relieve stress and keep the body nimble; even football players are getting in on the action! Whether you want a workout that goes easy on your joints or you’re an athlete wanting to keep your body loose and flexible, get a yoga mat and download a basic yoga app for workout or post workout stretching.

Foam Roller

That burn in your thighs? That’s the feeling of your muscle tissue breaking down and getting stronger. Ease the pain by getting a roller for your muscles. If you love a good massage but can’t afford it, get a foam or plastic roller that you place on the ground and roll parts of your body over to help massage sore muscle tissue. This accessory is also great if you have old injuries or knots.

China Gel

China Gel is another savior for sore muscles. It’s a greaseless therapeutic gel that combines modern technology and ancient Chinese medicine. Natural ingredients stimulate circulation and increase levels of endorphins, which helps relieve pain. These in ingredients include menthol, camphor, ginseng, angelica, lavender oil, witch hazel and aloe vera. This makes for a soothing and relaxing scent that will surely have you calm after a strenuous workout.

Jump Rope

If you need some quick cardio on the go, invest in a jump rope. A jump rope provides excellent cardio for heart health and is great for letting go of excess energy. A quick jump rope in the morning will wake you up quicker than a cup of coffee and some jump rope at the end of the day will calm you down.

Medicine Ball

A medicine ball is a simple tool to take your workout to the next level. Push yourself to the limit with challenging squats, sit-ups, Russian twists, arm workouts and so much more. Keep a medicine ball at home when you can’t make it to the gym by still want to have a stimulating workout.

These fitness accessories are sure to elevate your work out to the next level and keep you motivated for more!