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    21 Fitness Products That'll Make Working Out Less Miserable

    It's me, your friendly neighborhood gym guy, here to convince you exercising does not have to suck.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A massage ball if there's no way you're spending $100+ on a massage gun, and there's even less of a chance of you splurging on an *actual* massage therapy session to ease a small case of gym soreness. This handy little thing will help you work out those knots without putting a dent in your wallet.

    A blue massage ball held in a hand resting on bed sheets

    Promising review: "Amazing. Seriously, buy this. It is the best back massage I’ve ever had. I have trouble with my wrists and hands and can’t massage my husband’s back for very long. This is small and easily fits in my hand. I can give him a great massage without pain. He massaged my back with it as well and it’s phenomenal! I would definitely buy this again and I’ve recommended it to my family." —Mifflinpartyofthree

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in purple, pink, green, and blue).

    2. An Under Armour sports mask that's frankly the most comfortable thing I've put around my mouth and nose since the pandemic started — which makes a huge difference considering how *uncomfortable* exercising can be on its own. Multiple BuzzFeed editors swear by this thing, and some of us even wear it outside of the gym as our everyday mask!

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Austin Williams / BuzzFeed

    Type Of Fit: Around the ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Iso-Chill fabric

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Promising review: "This mask has the approval of a *ton* of runners and athletes in its reviews, but also runners IRL. I run in Central Park four days a week and I am constantly seeing other runners in this mask. I have two of them in my own run rotation, and I'm impressed not only by how well they stay in place and don't get over-sweaty and gross on long runs, but by how well they wash up and maintain their shape. The straps are super soft on your ears, too. I've gotten to used to straps chafing on longer runs that I was surprised by what a difference this made. I gifted one of these to my dad for Christmas, too, and it's his go-to for walks and errand running. It's just an overall easier mask to breathe in (while still maintaining a tight fit and keeping the people around you safe!)." —Emma Lord

    Like Emma's dad, I was also gifted this incredible mask for Christmas. My girlfriend bought it for me as a gym gift, but it's so comfortable I now wear it everywhere I go — which is made possible by the fact that's it's extremely sturdy and doesn't get damaged or stretched out of shape in the wash. The soft straps don't pull on the back of your ears like most other masks, so that's certainly been a relief. But if you don't mind harsh yanking, the fabric is flexible enough for you to wear a surgical mask underneath should you ever want to double up.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+.

    3. A jar of O'Keeffe's Working Hands Lotion for anyone whose newfound commitment to the gym has also come with an unexpected commitment to calluses and cracked skin.

    They also make a version for your feet!

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I have dealt with eczema all my life. I've used steroid creams/ointments, lotions, wash, you name it. And then I tried this miracle product! In four days, my hands looks better then it ever has! I can bend my finger without pain! I'm sooo happy with the results. And I have only been using it for four days!" —Kelly

    Get the hand cream from Amazon for $6.98, and the foot cream for $6.41.

    4. And a pair of ventilated workout gloves to give you even more palm protection. Again, no one enjoys coarse hands — especially not the people in your life who have to feel them. My girlfriend can attest to that one.

    a fitness model wearing the gloves
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "These gloves are great. I loved using them for weightlifting, but also I use them when I'm having to cut my lawn because I always get blisters. They worked perfect. There is nothing about the gloves that I don't like. These gloves are super easy to use and put on." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $13.47+ (available in five sizes).

    5. A fitted sports and yoga tank with a padded bra that's as versatile as it is comfortable. You'll look just as good rocking this in the gym as you would wearing it to brunch with some high-waisted pants — but hopefully not on the same day.

    a model wearing the sports and yoga tank underneath an open sweater

    Promising review: "I now live in these tops. They are so versatile and an amazing quality. The yellow top is more of a 'baby poop green' but it’s actually still cute somehow. These are great to go from a bra to a workout top to a cute crop with an open jacket and not change all day!" —Marena VanOrden

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S—XXL and 19 colors)

    6. The most adorable (and affordable) lightweight sneakers you will find on the internet. These comfy kicks come with a stretch fabric and gold trim that'll make you want to become a three-sport athlete just so you can have an excuse to wear them more., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love these shoes for the price! I got them for fashion purposes, and so far they are so lightweight and so cute! Can't beat the price and great quality! Putting another order in today!" —Katlyn Holmes

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and in 14 color options).

    7. A bug bite thing (no, really, that's what it's called) if your "gym" is the great outdoors. This will suck out all the nasty venom and saliva left behind after you inevitably get eaten alive by mosquitos on your summer hikes — that means less swelling and itching!

    a woman's healed skin after using the bug bite thing

    There aren't any creams or chemicals included. All you need to do is place the device over your bug bite and pull the lever to suck out the saliva. It also works to remove splinters.

    Promising review: "This is the absolute best thing I've ever used on mosquito bites in my life. I have a rather large veggie garden and spend lots of time in it, harvesting veggies and getting eaten by mosquitoes. Yesterday, I had 24 bites on my leg. Today I have just a couple of tiny red dots left where they were. The picture (above) shows what the bite looks like right after using the device. It's outstanding! That being said, on my back, where my daughter helped me get to the mosquito bites, my skin is more sensitive. The device gave me a hickey. You don't have to depress the lever as far as it goes. I depress it until it just starts to sting a little, then stop. Don't overdo it! It's not necessary!"—Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. And a foot balm to help avid hikers and runners soothe their chapped feet and prevent blisters.

    someone gliding the foot balm across the side of their left foot

    Promising review: "All, I am proud to post that I had just completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in torrential rain and hurricane winds. It’s like when you walk from your car to your house door and you are soaked from head to toe. One of the absolute worst conditions for a marathon. A friend recommended body and foot glide...I coated my entire foot, between the toes and all. NO BLISTERS after 26.2 miles in the pouring rain. Sneakers soaked at the start. I cannot rave more about this product. Incredible value to save you a lot of pain. Highly recommended for bad weather, breaking in new shoes, etc."—Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    9. High-waisted leggings that come in so many colors you should honestly just factor one pair a month into your budget until you collect 'em all like some sort of a bootylicious Pokémon trainer. Considering the 37,000+ 5-star reviews these leggings have earned thus far, you certainly won't be alone in your obsession.,

    Promising review: "I have continued to purchase these leggings over the past two years. They are my go-to leggings for everyday wear and even throughout my pregnancies. They are soft as butter and I've never had problems with holes and I still have an old pair that I wear regularly. As long as these are available on Amazon, I will always come back to buy them. I'll never wear any other leggings. And I love all the color options." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in one size and plus size; capri or regular lengths; and a variety of colors).

    10. An under-desk pedal machine so you can get a decent workout in while you're *actually* working. This thing is perfect for people who don't have much spare time to devote to exercising — now you can get after your fitness goals while also chasing that money.

    a customer's under-desk peddler

    To me, the best part about this product is people of any age or fitness level can use it to break a sweat. My parents, who are both in their sixties, my 36-year-old brother and my 26-year-old sister all use one just like it, and they absolutely love it! And this peddler happens to be much more affordable than the one they have.

    Promising review: "I've started working from home a lot and need something to get a little blood-flow to my legs. I put it under my desk and use it while working. The digital display works fine and starts automatically when I start pedaling. There is a minimal amount of resistance but I don't need a lot. For the price, it does exactly what I need."—poppanam

    Get it from Amazon for $37.89.

    11. A time-marked water bottle to keep track of your hydration goals throughout your session — #HealthIsWealth.

    Promising review: "Love this bottle. I’ve been slacking on drinking enough water and I’m a total fitness junkie so needed to step up my game. Today is my second day using it and I have drunk 1 gallon and 16 ounces both days. Totally works for me!" —Elina

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in red).

    12. Exercise cards that'll help organize your workout routine. This actually seems more efficient than doing what I do — which is check the notes app on my phone to see what exercise is next before getting distracted and scrolling Twitter.

    three instructional bodyweight exercise cards next to the box the deck comes in

    You get 50 cards that include 10 stretches, seven workouts, and a goals and guide card.

    Promising review: "Like many of us, I know I should warm up and stretch before and exercise and cool down and stretch after exercise. Also like many of us, I don't tend to have a good exercise routine or even the best knowledge of what or how to do it, or even the creativity to be able to mix things up. These cards have helped with that. Each card features a picture of an exercise, a description of how to properly perform it, recommended number of reps, and a rating for level of difficulty." —Lance

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (also available in Spanish).

    13. A size-inclusive bike jumpsuit able to provide ample support for anybody. Running from XXS–6XL, this suit truly embraces the phrase ANY. BODY.

    Girlfriend Collective, Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Granted I'm the type of person who would salivate over owning a bike jumpsuit, but after having it for almost a year, I feel confident that this is a piece that could be beloved for almost anyone. It's made of Girlfriend Collective's signature compressive fabric, which hugs your body but doesn't feel suffocating or restrictive. But the most shocking feature is that it has a built-in bra that...actually works?! I'm a 34DD and this jumpsuit absolutely passes the "bounce test," and keeps my boobs in place really well when jumping and running. (It's not quite as supportive as my favorite Girlfriend Collective sports bra, the Dylan, but that thing goes above-and-beyond in terms of keeping you in place.) If you're tired of leggings and are looking for something new and fun to add to your collection of activewear that you can *actually* use, I highly recommend this!"—Rachel Dunkel

    Get it from Girlfriend Collective for $78.

    14. A pair of super absorbent Thinx boyshorts that'll even make working out during the most miserable time of the month slightly less miserable.

    A model wearing the boyshorts in black

    Promising review: "I can't tell you how much I would've loved having these as a kid. Carrying around bulky pads and wondering whether your tampon has been in too long, just ain't it. I wear my boyshorts with a cup, just for extra insurance on my heavier days. It's a winning combination. Just wash them in cold water (no softener) and lay them flat to dry." —Christine Forbes

    Get it from Thinx for $39.

    15. A pair of lace anti-chafing bands to keep your sensitive thighs nice and comfy as you're sweating your butt off during cardio. Neither "I" in HIIT stands for irritation, so the two shouldn't come as a package deal.

    Amazon / Via, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I have a pair of the lace ones that I've loved wearing underneath my dresses and skirts. I just purchased the non-lace ones to wear when I run, because the seams of my shorts rub in this humid weather! These worked freaking fabulous for my run, and stayed in perfect place (I ordered size C!) They were so much cooler than compression shorts or spandex, and kept the sticky thighs away from each other!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.94+ (available in six sizes and 17 colors).

    16. A pack of mint-flavored energy gum that some reviewers use as an alternative to coffee and other pre-workout supplements.

    fingers holding a small piece of gum above a full pack of gum
    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Read our review of NeuroGum (#2 on the list). These are sugar-free and formulated with green tea caffeine, meaning you won't crash the way you would after drinking coffee (the caffeine content in each tablet is equivalent to half a cup of that stuff, and it won't stain your teeth).

    Promising review: "I normally drink a cup of coffee before I work out in the morning, but found NeuroGum to be a quicker and cheaper alternative. It tastes pretty good, and the caffeine kicks in super fast. I'll definitely be stocking up on this gum from here on out to get me going in the morning." —Dan Scime

    Get nine six-packs from Amazon for $21.

    17. A HIIT board game if a group activity and some friendly competition is the best way to get you up and active.


    This includes a stack of 52 cards that, along with the repetition dice, will create a brutally fun HIIT workout that you can do anywhere (no gear required!). You can play this on your own or compete with others, using the strategy cards to earn extra points, give your opponent extra steps, etc.

    Promising review: "My wife and I use these to change up our workout routine. It is fun to shuffle them up and then pick a card and you just do whatever you pick. It's a nice change from the usual, and there are some really good exercises in there." —Adam M.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    18. A smart ball from DribbleUp that syncs to unlimited interactive training sessions with real trainers. This versatile gadget can help aspiring athletes improve particular soccer or basketball skills, and it also comes as a medicine ball (for the same price!) for people more focused on balance and conditioning.


    Plus, the ball can sync to your smart device so you can practice indoors or outside!

    Get it from DribbleUp for $99.

    19. An Ubarre weight — which is a weight that also functions as minimalistic home decor. A few at-home sessions with this thing and you'll suddenly realize how ugly every piece of equipment in the gym is.


    Equipt is a woman-founded small business known for their pretty and functional exercise equipment. You'll find weighted bars, wrist weights, and more gear that'll help tone your body and look great in your workout space.

    Promising review: "Ubarre is wild! It targets every area of your body. I have been using it daily and have had the best workout in seven years. I cannot believe how quickly it tones your body." —Ubarre Customer

    Get it from Equipt for $129+ (available in two weights).

    20. A hilarious dad bod tee that's sure to be hit whenever your partner or your pops adds it to their gym shirt rotation — and you can order it just in time for Father's Day!

    Gray shirt that says It's Not A Dad Bod It's A Father Figure
    Zazations / Etsy

    Promising review: "This T-shirt came out exactly as it appears online, and it arrived super fast!" —Samantha Norris

    Get it from Zazations on Etsy for $16.10+ (available in S–3XL and eight colors).

    21. And a motivational journal that comes with uplifting quotes for whenever you're in need of a pep talk. Everyone's fitness journey comes with peaks and valleys. Some days you'll wake up with the Rocky theme playing in your head, and other days you'll consider calling your bank and reporting your gym membership as fraud. But what's most important is doing your best! If you crack this journal open each day to track your progress, I bet you'll find an inspirational quote on the opposite page to give you that extra pat on the back you need to keep going!

    journal that says i'm doing my best

    Promising Review: "I love this book for musing when I can't sleep. I like that there's a sleep quote on each left-hand page, and a page for writing on the right. It gives me enough space to write, but not unlimited space like in a typical journal. The paper is good quality, so you can use a juicy pen without it leaking through." —Art Chik

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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