16 Fitness Essentials That Will Make You Excited to Work Out Outside
We're well into spring, and as the days get longer, now is the time to get your body moving. If you need a little extra motivation to crush some workouts, here are 16 fitness products that will keep you looking stylish even as you're breaking a sweat.
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Fitbit Versa ($200+): Fitbit's newest smartwatch looks like an Apple watch but is a bit easier on the wallet. It's water-resistant and measures sleep, activity, and 24/7 heart rate. New features include female health tracking (e.g., to keep tabs on your menstrual cycle) and personalized onscreen workouts and breathing lessons right on your wrist.
APL TechLoom Phantom Running Shoes ($165): Cult- and celeb-favorite running shoe brand APL has both fashion and function: It comes in a variety of fun colors, including pastels for spring, and the 3D grid pattern provides flexibility and support. The midsoles are made out a material called Propelium, which helps provide longer-lasting shock absorption.
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones ($249): These wireless in-ear headphones will let you move to your favorite power jams without getting tangled up in cords. They're sweat and waterproof and lightweight, and they stay in place even during high-intensity workouts. The sound quality is amazing, and the protective case doubles as a charger, providing up to 10 hours of battery life.
Outdoor Voices TechSweat 3/4 Leggings ($85): We love a good pair of leggings whether we're boxing or brunching, and this breathable and sweat-proof pair will let you seamlessly transition between both.
Girlfriend Collective StellaTank ($28): Do some good for your body and the Earth when you exercise. This drapey tank top is sustainably made with soft cupro fabric, which is created from cotton industry waste in a zero-waste, zero-emission facility. Ten percent of net profits are donated to Charity Water.
The North Face Flight RKT Jacket ($160): A good thin jacket is ideal for those chilly morning and evening workouts — this shell is wind and waterproof and is so lightweight it almost feels like you're wearing nothing. When you're ready to de-layer, the jacket conveniently folds up to the size of a fist, making it an ideal travel companion.
Gaiam Premium Print Yoga Mat ($30): This lightweight but cushioned yoga mat has a non-stick cushioned surface perfect for home or studio use. Plus it comes in a variety of fun prints, so you can namaste in style.
GoPro HERO ($200): GoPro's latest model has all the features you love at a lower price. It has a two-inch display, is waterproof, captures HD-quality video, and is compatible with smartphones. Best of all, it has voice control, so you can tell it to take video or photos while your hands are tied up in full action mode.
Nike Classic Sports Bra ($40): The Nike classic sports bra makes a good exercise staple. The DriFIT technology keeps you comfortable all day long, and the removable pads offer a little extra support when you need it.
Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bar ($35 for 12): Get your Bulletproof fix while you're on-the-go. These bars contain collagen protein sourced from grass-fed cows, and they'll keep you energized and satisfied as you power through your day.
2XU Compression Tights ($82+): Recovery is just as important as exercising hard. These compression tights can help increase blood circulation during and after workouts to speed up recovery and reduce sore muscles.
Lululemon Everywhere Duffel ($148): This everywhere duffel really can go anywhere. It has compartments for everything you need to bring to work or the gym, including a strap to hold your yoga mat on top.
S'well 17 oz. Water Bottle ($35): Reusable water bottles are like reusable shopping totes: There's no such thing as too many of them. Pick up a stylish stainless steel one and you'll always stay hydrated.
Living Proof Dry Shampoo ($13+): Sometimes you don't have time to do a whole shower routine before running from a workout to your next social activity. Keep your tresses looking fresh with a spritz of dry shampoo, and no one will be the wiser.
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller ($45): A good post-workout foam roll session can be painful in the best way. The multi-dimensional surface of this roller is basically like giving yourself a deep tissue massage — it can help ease muscle tightness and soreness and improve flexibility.
Swiftwick Aspire Zero Running Socks ($10+): A good pair of workout socks can make or break a workout. These no-show socks are moisture-wicking and have a seamless toe, keeping your feet dry and blister-free, no matter how long your workout is.
Lesley Chen is a California native who writes about travel, health/fitness, and other lifestyle topics. She has a serious case of RBF and exercises mainly to balance out an aggressive candy addiction.