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Wellness 7 Essential Fitness Accessories

7 Essential Fitness Accessories

7 Essential Fitness Accessories
By Dorynna Untivero
By Dorynna Untivero
January 15, 2018
Starting or amping up your fitness journey? We round-up some essential exercise accessories you can purchase and use at home (or bring to the gym) for your quick yet powerful workouts!

1/7 Training Gloves

Photo: Courtesy of Nike
Photo: Courtesy of Nike

Make sure you protect your hands with a pair of training gloves! Even when not necessarily carrying weights, some strength training exercises may require you to put a bit of pressure on your hands/ wrist; don't risk the unwelcome blisters and undue fatigue. 

 

2/7 Resistance Loop Bands

Photo: Courtesy of Sklz Fitness
Photo: Courtesy of Sklz Fitness

For those who are keen on working on their leg muscles, resistance bands are an easy-to-carry and lightweight fitness acessory that delivers serious results. In lieu of weights, this stretchable bands are able to increase the pressure on your regular exercises like leg lifts, donkey kicks, or lunges. 

3/7 Bosu Ball/ Gym Ball

Photo: Courtesy of Popsugar Fitness
Photo: Courtesy of Popsugar Fitness

A great addition to your home gym, a bosu ball or Gym ball can amp up your regular workouts. Enhancing your balance and strength, these nifty accessories are perfect for a variety of exercise sequences. Power-up your planks, push-ups, lunges, or squats!

4/7 Jump Rope

Perhaps the most lightweight and travel-friendly fitness buddy you can get! A few minutes or staggered rounds on the jumping rope will surely give you that needed cardio boost and warm-up. Aim for 15 minutes, divided into 5 rounds for a surefire sweat!

5/7 Training Mat/ Yoga Mat

Photo: Courtesy of Adidas
Photo: Courtesy of Adidas

Don't risk training on a bare floor! For those you enjoy yoga/ pilates exercises, go for a reversible Yoga Mat -- its extra resistance will make sure your bare feet do not slip in the middle of a challenging pose! If you're a fan of weighted strength training, go for a training mat which is much thicker and offers more bounce support for squats/ burpees. 

6/7 Ankle Weights

Photo: Courtesy of Nike
Photo: Courtesy of Nike

For those eager to build strength and agility, ankle weights are the way to go. You can develop stronger leg muscles and visible definition with these. For a quick leg workout, try a circuit of side lunges, squats, and leg lifts! For maximum effect, pair these with your resistance loop bands.

 

7/7 Medicine Ball/ Kettle Bell

Although a bit less handy, a medicine ball or kettle bell are still effective weight options wether you're a beginner or a seasoned fitness buff. Use a medicine ball for your russian twists, crunches, woodchoppers, or planks. For weighted squats, the kettle bell offers a better handlebar to help focus the weight on your lower limbs. 

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