Here’s the deal: getting in shape is a form of stress. Partly mental but ultimately physical. As you grow more comfortable with diet and exercise, you’ll be compelled to push yourself harder to break through plateaus and see improvements.
I approve and salute you for this; but also caution you that there are certain things you must have on hand in order to keep the impact of this training as easy on the joints as possible. Here’s a shopping list of fitness tools you should get to stock up your workout toolbox.
THE MUST-HAVE FITNESS TOOLS FOR YOUR WORKOUTS
QUALITY TRAINING SHOES
The importance of good foot support is monumentally understated and yet equally as important. Good shoes absorb help to absorb the impact your feet feel during training and thereby reduce the overall impact your body experiences during your workout.
Whether it’s weightlifting or sport specific, quality running shoes are an absolute must. Be careful not to purchase shoes that don’t pertain to the activity of your choice.
For example, if your choice of fitness is CrossFit, a running shoe is not the type of footwear you should be wearing. Use running shoes specifically for running. Do not put them through the wear and tear of box jumps and heavy deadlifts.
The whens and hows of using a lifting belt have left some guys confused. Does it only apply to powerlifters? Do you need to be going extra heavy to wear a lifting belt? How tight should the belt be when you strap it on?
Lifting belts are a useful tool to help stabilise the core and support your spine. It’s a great tool to keep handy since most guys experience lower back injuries throughout their 40s. You don’t need to be deadlifting 300kg in order to benefit from the safety of using a lifting belt.
When wearing a lifting belt, the fit should be comfortable and supportive. You don’t want it so tight that it cuts off your circulation, nor do you want it so loose that it slips and moves too easily.
One of the things I see often in gyms is guys wearing workout gloves and not wrist supporters. Sadly, workout gloves are not half as important as wrist supporters yet they get all the glory.
Comparatively speaking, your wrists are one of the weaker joints on your body and are impacted quite heavily by many upper body exercises. Wrist supporters are a great tool to have if you’re going heavier on pressing movements.
They reduce the pressure on your wrists and allow for your muscles to take more of the stress (which is what you’re aiming for in the first place). Gloves that combine wrist support and hand protection are the best. Your wrists get the support they need and you keep your clean-looking hands.
HEART RATE MONITOR
No, I am not suggesting you hook yourself up to a machine with wires and hit the gym. Luckily for you, you can now purchase heart rate monitors in the form of a wristwatch. These are a great tool for you to keep an eye on your heart rate and maintain a consistent level of intensity to ensure optimal calorie burning. You can get them in many different models that are competitively priced.
Save on the fashion items when you’re going to the gym since you shouldn’t really focus too much on the way you look there. Instead, invest in fitness tools that will actually keep you safe and help you achieve your ideal body.