It’s a new year, but 2021 may already have you feeling unmotivated to meet your New Year’s resolutions — you’re not alone. It can be tough to stick to your plans, especially when we’re still in the midst of the pandemic. Luckily, we’ve scoped out a handful of gadgets and useful items that are perfect for helping you work out in the comfort of your own home and achieve your fitness goals.
The pandemic means a lot of our usual exercise destinations are either closed or put you in dangerously close proximity with others, so move your routines to your living room! Lululemon’s reversible mat absorbs moisture to make it easier for you to grip it when striking your favorite yoga poses, plus the rubber base is ultra comfy. The company recommends wiping it clean with a damp, soapy cloth after each use.
If you haven’t used Tiger Balm yet, your life is about to be changed. The herbal ointment helps lessen tension or discomfort in your head, shoulder and neck muscles, and feels exceptionally great after a rough workout. It’s non-greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin. Still not convinced? Check out some of the 7,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Note for parents: Tiger Balm should only be used on adults.
We’ll eventually be transitioning back to the spring and summer months, which means even more sweat due to our face masks, especially during fitness activities. That’s where outdoor masks come in. Made from recycled polyester, these are extra breathable, making them ideal for runs or jogs in places you may be around other people. Even better, one of them features reflective strips to help you stay safe at night.
For those of us who don’t want to break the bank buying an Apple watch (me, me, 100 times me), why not try an alternative like the Lintelek fitness tracker? It monitors your heart rate, sleep cycles, daily steps, calories, workout distances — it checks every box. Charge the tracker using a USB port and it can be used for up to one week after fully charged.
Another item ideal for at-home workouts: a heavy resistance ankle band. The strong straps give you a wide range of motion and make exercising your hips, thighs and glutes a breeze. You can even use this while working from home at your desk or after you’ve just woken up and don’t feel like getting out of bed to exercise.
Jump ropes will never go out of style. This particular set includes an anti-dust ball bearing system to make them more durable, designed to avoid the annoying twisting and winding that happens with other kinds. Both can be adjusted to fit whatever height you are and have comfy memory foam handles.
All you ladies out there, you know how annoying hair can be when you’re running or biking or trying to get through a workout and it will NOT stay out of your face. PLOVZ headbands are made of polyester and spandex, meaning they’re stretchy and comfortable, perfect for keeping your bangs and other baby hairs out of the way. Plus, you can pick from a variety of adorable designs.
PSA: boxing isn’t just for men. Take your fitness to the next level with boxing gloves from Sierra Trading Post (sister store to TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Marshall’s, and Homesense, FYI). This pair in a shocking red color is made with multi-density foam for shock absorption, ready to take you from boxing to sparring to everything in between.
Ready to completely change the way you do yoga? Check out this one-of-a-kind cork wheel that you can use in a myriad of different ways: to massage your spine, release tension, deepen your stretches — it’s a yoga enthusiast’s dream. Like with the mat we mentioned earlier, be sure to wipe it down with a soapy cloth after each use to keep it fresh and clean.
I swear by Camelbak water bottles. I had one that lasted me all the way through college, and I never had a single complaint — they’re that good! The ingenious spill-proof design has a flip-top straw design where you can bite and sip from the straw — one-handed, if you need — and not worry about pesky leaks. You can also purchase new lids and straws separately if you ever need a replacement (they can get gross after a while).