Whether you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed or out running errands, it seems like you are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the latest piece of exercise equipment or a new line of workout apparel. Sure you may use them a few times, but before you know it, you have a closet full of stuff taking up space and collecting dust. Meanwhile, the scale hasn’t budged and you’re contemplating whether it’s time to consider sizing up.
Don’t fall into the trap that health and wellness marketing experts have set. Focus on your goal and keep it simple by investing in only the essential gear to help you lose weight:
We don’t suggest spending a ton of money on an entire wardrobe of new workout apparel. If weight loss is your goal, there’s no telling how long these items will fit before they have to be replaced. And if you overbuy, you’re more likely to hold onto them long after they don’t fit. Look for clothes that are made from lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking materials and make sure they are appropriate for the types of activity you will be doing. For example, if yoga or pilates are part of your routine, you’re going to need more fitted clothing.
Proper fitting shoes help you avoid injury as you work to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals. Don’t forget the right socks to help prevent blisters. Consider getting fitted for shoes or insoles by a professional, like those at Fleet Feet Raleigh-Morrisville.
For women, a quality sports bra is essential. Other items to consider are compression shorts or pants. These not only help to hold your muscles in place and improve blood flow, but they can also help prevent chafing.
A basic fitness tracker can help you monitor various metrics such as the distance you’ve run or walked or the number of calories you’ve burned. More feature-enhanced options can provide info such as your pulse, sleep and hydration. If you plan to run or walk outdoors frequently, you may want to consider a fitness tracker with GPS. The important thing to remember here that you don’t have to go out and buy the most expensive one you can find with all of the bells and whistles. Look for one that has only the features that you will use. For some, that could a simple pedometer (step counter).
Glass food containers
Nutrition is a critical component of weight loss. Glass food containers can help you prepare the right portions of healthy foods in advance. This can help prevent you from overeating, giving in to cravings or convenience foods, and make sure you are getting the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and nutrients. If you prefer plastic containers, look for ones that are BPA-free and pay close attention to whether they are microwave and dishwasher safe.
The best way to ensure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day is to invest in a reusable water bottle that you can take with you on the go. Some may have measurement lines to help you more accurately track your intake. If you have a hard time drinking enough water because you don’t enjoy the taste, consider a fruit-infused water bottle.
A good playlist can make or break your workout. So can annoying headphone wires or earbuds that keep falling out. While wireless headphones aren’t exactly a necessity, but they sure are nice to have so why not treat yourself.
When it comes to essential gear to help you lose weight, focus on quality over quantity. And remember that proper fit is important, so as your body changes make sure you are updating any items that become too big or that are worn out.
If you need additional recommendations, the team of medical professionals at Total Healthcare MD is here for you. Call us at (919) 436-3777.