The new year is almost here! 2020 has been a difficult year and I am sure that we are all anxious to start 2021. Now is the time to set your fitness goals. It isn’t always easy, but you are worth it!
First, focus on what you are putting into your body. Make sure you are eating for fuel and stop any bad habit that is hurting the inside of your body. Second, you need to start moving. Try to walk at least 7,000 steps, 10,000 is even better! Last, lift heavy things! This shouldn’t be very complicated find what you like to do and start with that.
1. Water Bottle
Did you know that over half of our body is made up of water? It is very important that we are giving it water for optimal performance. You should be drinking water throughout the day.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a superfood. Taking ACV has many health benefits. It can add in digestion, detoxifies your body, improves skin and serves as a probiotic.
Have you ever tried drinking Apple Cider Vinegar? It is not pleasurable. Goli has made it easier for you. They have created a tasty little gummy for you!
Taking a multivitamin is essential for your body. They perform many different roles for your body that you may not be getting from your diet. They help keep you bones and immune system strong.
A good multivitamin for men is by Optimum Nutrition called OPTI-MEN. For over 30 years they have been trusted for the highest quality nutrition. Garden of Life Multivitamin for Women is a good choice as for women. They use only the cleanest, organic, whole food ingredients in their vitamins.
4. Diet Books
We aren’t a fan of dieting since it never seems to last. The key is to look into your bad eating habits and change them. If you are eating well then you will feel well. A healthy diet can reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and developing heart disease and even some cancers.
Healthy Eating for Life is the key to success. Learn to eat right and the weight will disappear. Try readying a good book on what you should be putting into your body.
You will need a good blender to help you make protein shakes, juicing or any other healthy choices. There are many to choose from.
The top blender that does everything you will need is the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher. This blender crushes, blends, food process, and even mixes dough all in one pitcher. If you are looking for a smaller blender just for your protein shakes the, Ninja Fit is great. It makes 16 oz. cups that are great for on the go.
5. Shaker Cup
A good way to get in extra protein is with protein shakes. You can also make smoothies with protein powder to get in your calories. You will need a good shaker cup that doesn’t leak when you mix your protein powder
Blender Bottle cups hold 28 ounces of fluid. Each cup is BPA-free and comes with a metal ball to help shake up your protein or smoothie shake. You will never have to deal with shakes clumping up and ruining your fuel for your workout.
6. Food Scale
It is very important to weigh your food and any liquid that has calories. This will help you understand appropriate portion sizes. Weighing food allows for more accurate measurements than using measuring cups or spoons.
For any easy way to weigh your food, look into an electric scale. The Multifunction Precision Food Scale will help you measure out the appropriate portion sizes to eat healthy.
8. Massage Gun
You will be needing to massage those muscles that you are working out. The massage gun helps reduce your inflammation. It will also help relax your muscles, break up the scar tissue and help reduce soreness.
TaoTronics 2nd generation TT-PCA004 Massage Gun is a great one to purchase. The deep tissue massage gun will help relax your muscles and get you back to feeling great in no time.
9. Muscle Rub
Muscle rub is used to treat sore muscles and joints. If you are working out it is most likely that your muscles and joints will be sore. To help with the recovery, a good muscle rub will help.
Theraworx Relief Fast-Acting Foam for Leg Cramps, Foot Cramps and Muscle Soreness is a great product. In addition, it will help with Charlie Horses, Restless Leg Syndrome and soreness after cramps. Unlike most muscle rubs, Theraworx has no smell.
10. Digital Body Weight Scale
You may have fear to step on the scale, but don’t be afraid! The number on it is just a number. Use the scale as a tool and only that. Step on it once a week at the same time and on the same day of the week. Use that number to see if what you are doing is working or not.
In 30 seconds you will get your weight, body composition and heart rate with the Withings/Nokia Body Cardio – Heart Health & Body Composition Digital Wi-Fi Scale with smartphone app. This scale can track up to 8 people. With the Health Mate app it will automatically appear and track your history.
11. Fitness Tracker
A fitness tracker is a watch that you wear that can track your daily fitness. It will track your walking or running fitness, calories burned and even heart rate.
One of the most popular fitness bands are made from the company Fitbit. They make fitness band that can track your heart rate, steps , exercise and so much more. Some are even smartwatches. They make different bands as well to dress them up or make it just make it your own.
12. Running Shoes
It’s always smart to have a good pair of running shoes. You need a good supportive shoe to keep you from foot and leg injuries. A running shoe should be replaced every three to six months depending on how much you run.
The Clifton 7, by HOKA, is an award winning running shoe. It is the perfect combination of a soft and light running shoe. It has a plush collar that eases Achilles pressure as well. Any HOKA shoe is a good purchase for running.
13. Lifting Weight Shoes
If you are going to lift heavy weight, we suggest that you get a good shoe to lift in. Weightlifting shoes will allow you to safely lift heavy loads. The shoes are sturdier than regular shoe and only has a slight heel lift.
Reebok has created the Nano X. It is a cross training gym shoe. It has support and flexibility that will help you have a good workout. This versatile Nano workout trainer will cushion your feet while you are in the gym or on the street.
14. Hiking Shoes
If hiking is your exercise of choice, then you will need a good pair of hiking shoes. Hiking boots will help prevent any ankle injuries and give you support. It can actually be dangerous to wear regular sneakers because they don’t offer enough support.
One of the best hiking shoes and boots to support you on your next outdoor excursion are the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe. They will keep the moisture out and your feet protected for your next day hike!
15. Weight Lifting Belt
When lifting heavy weights you should always protect your back. It helps reduce stress on your lower back and helps prevent it from hyperextending. If you are a beginner lifter, it can help you learn to squeeze your abs properly when lifting.
The Element 26 Self-Locking Weightlifting belt is the ultimate performance, comfort, and security belt for you. They ensuring that the belt will never come loose during your sets by including the revolutionary Full Metal Self-Locking Technology.
16. Men’s Workout Clothing
Wearing good workout clothing will help with your workout as well. If you are exercising outside and its hot, you can use a loose fitting, breathable fabric that will help you from not getting overheated.
Under Armour makes some great workout clothing. They sell everything from workout shirts to workout shorts. If you are working out in colder weather you can get sweatshirts or sweatpants.
17. Women’s Workout Clothing
Wearing comfortable, breathable clothing is important for your workouts. You will be sweating a lot, so what you put on is important.
Under Armour zip long sleeved pullover is great to wear for your warmups and cool downs. Even in colder sweater it is breathable and moves with your body. In addition, Under Armour makes great leggings. The women’s HeatGear Leggings are just what you are looking for.
18. Good Socks
It is important to wear good socks that give good support for your feet. Good socks can protect your feet from the impact of working out. If you can buy a good pair of Athletic socks, your feet will be able to go on for longer.
Saucony Performance Heel Tab Athletic Socks are great for your workout. They are a combination of comfort and support. They help keep your feet dry and reduce irritation.
19. Weight Lifting Gloves
Some people don’t like weight lifting gloves. If you are comfortable with calluses, then don’t wear them. Although, gloves can protect your hands and wrists while lifting heavy weight, while being supported.
Fit Active Sports have an updated ventilated glove for weight lifting. It has built-in wrist wraps, full palm protection and extra grip. This gloves will help with your pull ups and weight lifting workouts.
20. Resistance Bands
Bands can help you stretch and even build muscle. You can use them to work on upper or lower body. Resistance bands are great to help with joint mobility and flexibility as well.
Intey resistance bands can help train your whole body. Wether you are new to fitness or have this workout thing down, these bands can help you with yoga, Crossfit type workouts or even help you master your pull ups.
To help you build strength, get yourself some dumbbells. Dumbbells are small and take very little space.
CAP Barbell set of 2 Hex Rubber Dumbell with metal handles come in a variety of sizes. Pick your weight from 5lb up to 50lb sets.
22. Yoga Mat
If you would like to work on your yoga skills for relaxation and flexibility you should invest in a Yoga mat. A good Yoga mat helps your hands and feet from slipping like you would be on a regular smooth floor. If you are not interested in Yoga, a good mat will be good to lay on for ab workouts or stretching.
There are a variety of Yoga Mats out there. We like the Gaiam Yoga Mat. It is extra thick and comes in a variety of cute prints. It is perfect for home use and is lightweight for on the go.
You can find a good foam roller at just about any store that sells sports or small workout equipment. A foam roller can help you roll out sore muscles and any knots that you may have in your body.
Foam rollers come in different sizes and firmnesses. There is a great foam roller set from KeShi. It comes with a foam roller, massage roller stick, spiky massage ball, solid ball and stretching strap. All of these will help you stretch and loosen up those stiff muscles.
24. Aerobic Step Platform
Step Aerobics use to be huge. It is a great way to get in some cardio. You can also use an aerobic step to work on many different exercises. You can use it to workout your top or body.
The Step Original Aerobic Platform features a nonslip, comfort top and supports up to 350 pounds. You can create a variety of workouts from heights from 4″ to 7″ using the risers.
In addition to your dumbbells, you should get a couple of kettlebells. They are iron or steel balls with a handle on top of them. You can perform many different exercises with them that are good for strength or cardio exercise.
A set of three kettlebells is a good start. BalanceFrom wide grip 3 piece Kettlebells include a 10, 15 and 20 pound kettlebell. They are a good quality and sturdy set for your money.
26. Swim Belt Bungee
If you have access to a pool that is not ideal for swimming laps then you need a swim belt bungee. Strap the belt around you and tie the other end to a heavy weight and start swimming. You can swim for hours in one spot of the pool. Change up your strokes and get in a great workout.
TYR is known for their swimming equipment. The TYP Aquatic Resistance Belt is made out of the highest, quality materials. It will help boost your water workout. It’s comfortable and convenient that allows you to workout in a smaller pool.
27. Ab Roller
A small piece of equipment that works your abs like you can’t even imagine is the ab roller. Use this to increase your core muscles.
The Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro is an ab roller with built-in resistance. It will help you grow muscles in your abs and more definition. The wider wheel will also help with stability while working on those abs. It is small enough for easy storage.
28. Jump Rope
We’ve all jumped rope as a kid. It’s time to start jumping again. Jumping rope is proven to give you faster fat loss. If you pull in your core during your routine, you will be targeting that area as well.
Jump ropes are affordable and can be bought just about anywhere. The Multifun Speed Skipping Rope will help with your speed jumping and calorie burning. It comes with a timer, counts time, calories burned and the number of circles you jump.
29. Box Jump
If you aren’t a skilled jumper, I suggest working your way up to a box jump. Having a good box jump can help your strength and athletic performance. It is even great to use as a step up to focus on your lower body.
Depending on where you are and your fitness level, the Balance Form Plyometric Box is great. The three in one box simply rotates for a 20, 24 or 30 inch jump. Made out of a foam material you can limit your injuries as well.
If you are in a place where you can’t buy a lot of equipment and weights, get yourself a sandbag with handles. You can use it for a variety of cardio and strength workouts. They even have some that you can travel with and just add water.
The best sandbag out there is made by, Brute Force. It comes with multiple bags that can be filled and guaranteed not to leak. The 8 soft, low profile handles makes for a variety of different exercises that you can do.
31. Pull up Bar
A goal that everyone should have is to do at least one pull up. Start with a modified version and work your way up to doing them on your own.
A pull up and dip bar in one is a great piece of equipment. Sportsroyals Power Tower has been making fitness equipment for over 20 years. The Power Tower will help you develop your upper body and help develop stronger back muscles and abs too!
32. Weight Rack and Bench
If you have the space, a weight rack is beneficial for a variety of weight lifting workouts. Bench press, overhead press and squats.
For a total body workout, the Weider XRS 20 Olympic bench and Squat Rack is what you need. It has an adjustable bench and leg developer which most benches don’t have. With this equipment you can bench and rack you can workout the whole body.
33. Barbell and Weights
A good barbell and assorted weights are a good addition for your bench and squat rack.
The Beast Olympic Bar by CAP Barbell is designed for heavy workouts. It is a top choice if you are looking to lift serious weights. This bar is great for squats, deadlifts and bench pressing.
34. Punching Bag and Gloves
If you want a great workout and have the space, get a punching bag. In addition, purchase a pair of gloves to protect your hands and get to work. It is a great exercise for building strength and endurance. You can work on your upper body, legs and core all with one workout.
You can get a free standing punching bag that you can keep in a corner of a room or the garage. Xsport Pro Freestanding Punching Bag can be used for a cardio session of punching or kickboxing.
A treadmill is a very easy piece of equipment to purchase if you are new to working out. You have the safety and weather protection of getting in your steps and cardio all from home.
Nordic Track T Series Treadmill is one of the best treadmills you can get. The technology, comfort of a gym treadmill with the convenience and comfort of your home.
36. Exercise Bike
The latest cardio craze is working out online on your exercise bike. It is a great workout to lose weight and gain endurance. In addition it is fun competing with others online.
You can bring home an interactive personal trainer with the NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycle. There are thousands of on-demand workouts that you can enjoy.
A rower is a total body workout. Get on the machine and picture yourself rowing along a beautiful lake. All fitness levels can do it as well. It is a low impact workout that gets the job done.
Another home personal training device is the NordicTrack RW Rower. The interactive touchscreen display streams on-demand iFit workouts into your home onto your rowing machine.
38. Elliptical Machine
Another machine that you may want to purchase in an elliptical machine. It is a stationary machine that can decrease the risk of impact injuries.
The Schwinn Compact Elliptical Machine gives you 20 levels of resistance for a variety of workout options. It is a good, low impact machine that will give you a cardio workout and grow muscles at the same time.
39. Stair Master
A stair stepper is another great workout out machine. Great for cardio vascular and lower body workouts with a low risk of injury.
A workout for anyone. If you don’t have access to any stairs, this machine can give your legs a great workout. The Deco Home Exercise Step Machine is affordable and affective.
40. Wireless Earphones
Last, but not least, are wireless headphones. Go ahead and invest in a good pair. Listening to music or a good pad cast will have your workout flying by. It is a lot better dealing with wireless headphones so that you don’t have to deal with any cord getting in your way.
AirPods are like magic. They always stay connected and can sense when you take them out of your ears. You can wear one or both AirPods, play or go forward when listening to music or podcasts.