(BPT) - Summer is a great time to ramp up your physical fitness routine and get in shape for beach season. You’re probably looking for ways to improve not only your workout, but achieve your fitness goals as well. To maximize the effectiveness of your fitness routine, you’ll need some summer fitness gear to kick off your workout and keep going strong. Be sure you’ve updated your workout gear to include the following:
Proper footwear – A pair of sneakers designed for one sporting activity won’t necessarily work for another. If you’re an active person who likes to vary your workout with different activities, you should select the appropriate sneaker style for each. For example, if you run, the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends you find shoes that properly fit your arches. Or if you play basketball frequently, different shoes are recommended for different positions in the game. Players who tend to play a small forward or post position have to frequently adjust their position, and having shoes with better support on the outside of the foot helps to prevent those players from turning or twisting their ankles.
Gym bag – Any time you take your fitness routine out of the house, a gym bag is necessary for carrying all your essentials to make your workout mobile. From yoga clothes and an extra pair of shoes, to a baseball glove and ball, a proper gym bag makes it easier to travel and also provides you with an incentive to workout. Gym bags have the tendency to pick up odors, though, so be sure to air the bag out as quickly as possible by removing all clothing and shoes once you get home, or invest in a bag that has an antimicrobial lining. If the smell is still too strong, use an odor ball or dryer sheets in the bag to help reduce the smell.
Activity monitor – Fitness activity trackers are great tools for those who want to monitor their workouts to help track progress. The LG Lifeband Touch sends real-time fitness information such as calories burned, steps taken, speed and other data directly to the wristband’s touch display. It also has a built-in triple accelerometer and altimeter, which measure not just steps, but forward, backward and side-to-side motion along with ascent and decent data, making it a great tool for measuring different types of fitness activities. To help you monitor and advance your fitness routines, you can wirelessly sync the Lifeband Touch to your phone via Bluetooth with the LG Fitness App or other popular fitness apps. You can also use the Bluetooth capabilities to receive incoming call or text notifications that are displayed on the OLED touch screen to keep you connected during your workout.
Sunscreen – Outdoor fitness can expose you to plenty of harmful UV rays, so be sure to keep some sporting sunscreen available in your car, gym bag, at home and at work so it’s always handy. Although there are many sweat-proof sunscreens available, try to apply the lotion at least half an hour prior to your workout so it can soak into your skin for maximum sun protection. If you’re going to be active for several hours, be sure to reapply as directed by the sunscreen maker.
Water bottles – Hydration is key before, during and after a workout, so keep a water bottle on hand. If you’re planning your activity in an area where water refills are unavailable, put several full refillable BPA-free water bottles or sports drinks in the freezer the night before and bring with you to keep hydrated with ice cold drinks throughout the duration of your workout. For bikers and runners planning a long-distance workout, be sure to plan your route through areas where you can refill a water bottle or purchase a sports drink.
With your workout gear updated, you’re ready to hit the gym, the road, the trail or the court. Remember to report back to your friends online or even your co-workers to share how successful you are with your fitness program, as support or even friendly competition can also be a great motivator.