It’s that time of year again… when we take a hard look at the spare tire we’ve cultivated over the holidays, and resolve (for real this time), that next year will be the one where we finally get in shape.
Even if we’re in somewhat not horrible shape, a little extra time spent sweating and throwing some iron around is always time well spent. And we don’t need a lot of gadgets or gear to break a sweat and stay fit. Give us a trail to run, a bar to hang from, and we can make it work.
But there are a few new products out there that can actually add to your workout, without a lot of tricked-out tech and hype. Here’s a look at five fitness products that can maximize your workouts, without breaking the bank, or making you look like 2016’s version of a Glasshole.
Fanny packs have never been cool (no matter what your aunt says), but having your phone bouncing around in your pocket while you workout isn’t either. Enter SPIbelt – the Small Personal Item belt. These very sleek, very discreet belts are designed to be worn while running, biking, lifting– basically, any time you’re moving around. The small, stretchy pouch fits flat against your body and is just large enough to fit keys, ID and your phone. Plus they have a versions that holds small water bottles for when you’re logging serious miles, and even one with clips to hold your race number at your next event. [From $19.99]
TheraFirm Core-Sport Compression Sleeves
Used to be, when you hear dthe term “compression garments” you envisioned little old ladies pulling socks up to their knees. Now elite athletes use them to blast through workouts and recover faster. Therafirm has taken their standard compression products and given them an athletic edge. Their Core-Sport and TheraSport product lines are designed to increase blood circulation while you train, and make muscle fatigue a non-issue. Post workout, slide on a pair of their socks made specifically to aid recovery after a hard workout. [Core-Sport sock $54.95 / Core-Sport sleeve $31.95]
Wearable tech products are a booming sector in the fitness world, and Moov Now is a standout among the many high-tech accessories. It claims to be the most advanced wearable out there, and (until the competition catches up), that’s really not an exaggeration. This gadget is like having your own personal coach for just about any single-player sport—including ones that take place in the water. The small orb clips into a band that’s worn around your wrist or ankle. Once it’s strapped on, Moov Now can track your form, speed, intensity, distance, impact and more, all why syncing with your phone. In addition to tracking the stats, Moov gives you words of encouragement during the workout and provides customized training advice to help you avoid injury and push to the next level. [$79.99]
Withings Smart Body Analyzer
Weighing yourself is one of the quickest ways to see the results of your training. Studies show when people weigh themselves once a week they’re more likely to keep the pounds off. But the standard sliding scale at the gym, or the spring-loaded bathroom scale at mom’s place doesn’t cut it in 2016. Body analyzers are much more useful whether you’re a fitness junkie or just trying to shed a few extra pounds. The Withings Smart Body Analyzer can tell you how much you weigh, but it also hit you with your body fat percentage and heart rate to give you get a more complete view of your fitness. It’ll even give you the weather and air quality report, so you know how to gear up for your run. [$149.95]
Headsweats Head Gear
I’m a hat guy when I work out. Whatever old one is lying around goes on my head. After, I toss it out in the backyard to air out and dry up. Needless to say, there’s a lot of old, sweat-stained hats in my collection. If your old hat, or bandana, or (no judgment) beanie, is taking a beating—and isn’t a piece of performance gear—it may be time to trade up to Headsweats head gear. Avid runners, Tour de France bikers and Iron Man winners swear by the super-sweat-wicking, feather-light material that keeps moisture off your head and face, keeping you cooler. Unlike a lot of performance headgear companies with a single style or two, they’ve created a wide range of products that fit just about any look without breaking a sweat. [Various prices]