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    25 Pieces Of Workout Gear People Are Swearing By In Quarantine

    Everything from beginner-friendly resistance band loops to bike shorts you'll wanna live in.

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    1. A pair of high-waist biker shorts that are the true MVP — not only will they prevent thigh chafing, but they come with deep pockets.

    Also, I bought a pair of these a few weeks ago for at-home workouts and runs around my neighborhood, and I love them so much that I may never wear real pants again. They're compressive, comfy, and wash really well.

    Promising review: "I love these shorts. They are my stay-at-home everything shorts right now. They are comfortable and soft, being cotton spandex not lycra spandex. They still have decent hold but not compression. The side pockets are perfect for my phone." —Tara C.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 15 styles and sizes XS-3XL).

    2. A pair of Nike's super breathable, long-lasting Tempo running shorts, which also happen to come in a tooooon of colors.


    Promising review: "I wear these day in and day out, literally during the day and to sleep, and for short runs and yoga. Especially during lockdown these have gotten a lot of use, haha. I have pairs from years ago that are still holding up well. In Southern California these are nice for warm weather and go with any T shirts or tanks." —MarisaC599779020

    Get it from Nike for $22.97 (originally $30; available in sizes XS-3X and 13 colors).

    3. A pair of lightweight joggers (with pockets!!) perfect for that yoga-to-Netflix transition you make every night.

    A reviewer in the black joggers

    Promising review: "These are the perfect pants for quarantine. They look nice for walks in the neighborhood, are comfortable to wear at home and look sleek." —Tessa

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in 22 colors and sizes XS-3XL).

    4. A popular set of tangle-free jump rope cables you can adjust the length on for your perfect fit, with comfy handles designed not to slip out of your hands.

    A reviewer holding the handles of the jump rope

    Psst — try Toni Mitchell's ten-minute jump rope workout if you're looking for some inspo!

    Promising review: "I needed some exercise equipment do to the COVID-19 quarantine, and this was the perfect addition to my workout room! It came with two sets of jump ropes (red and blue) that have lengthy cables. The jump rope handles are easy to grip and are made out of a soft material that does not make your hands sore after jumping for 10 minutes. Overall, I am satisfied with these jump ropes! Perfect for me and a partner." —Joes Page

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.99.

    5. A set of lightweight workout tanks with deep arm holes for extra breathability that will make those stuffy, sweat-inducing at-home workouts feel breezy as heck.,

    Promising review: "Perfect quarantine shirts. Whether you are lazing around or working out, these are great basics. I’m back to order another three pack in different colors (got the gray/dark green/pink combo last time). They are super light, don’t really shrink in the wash. Not sure if they are durable for the long run but I am so comfy in these. I used to cut the arms of my tee shirts or tanks to make them wide armed, but I won’t anymore once now that I’ve found these." —Ginny France

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.79+ (available in 10 color combos and sizes XS-XL).

    6. A set of popular wickaway sweatbands to stop the sweat from stinging your eyes (or worse, from leaking sunscreen into your eyes).,

    Promising review: "Works well. I've been doing lots of home workouts during COVID times, and even with all my jumps the headband stays in place. I feel like I don't sweat much during the 40 min workouts, but upon removing my headband, it is absolutely drenched. So it does well in keeping sweat off my face. For the price I paid, the amount of headbands I received, and the nice colors — I am impressed. They are also comfortable to wear." —Amy Ross

    Get a set of ten from Amazon for $18.99.

    7. A pair of cuffed joggers for a vibe that expertly straddles the fragile line between sporty and cozy.

    The bottom half of a person wearing a pair of light grey cuffed joggers with a drawstring waist

    Promising review: "I sized up because I wanted them to be baggy. Sizing up was about the perfect fit in the end but they weren’t baggy. They were the perfect size. They’re super comfy and soft. With this quarantine life I’ll be ordering many more pairs to live in for the next few weeks." —Hayley

    Get it from Amazon for $22.75+ (available in five colors and sizes 1X-6X).

    8. A set of moisture-wicking exercise socks to prevent blisters now that the heat is creating all that sweaty friction for your unsuspecting feet.

    Six feet all wearing the same white socks

    Promising review: "These are great socks. During this COVID-19 crisis, I've spent a LOT of time on my treadmill, in cheap sneakers. The socks feel great!" —jay

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in four color combos and sizes S-L).

    9. A set of five face masks from Athleta that reviewers are praising for being lightweight and functional, and may be a good solution for people struggling to find masks they can exercise in without overheating.

    A model in athletic gear and a face mask

    Athleta is also donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization.

    Promising review: "Really comfortable and I feel I can breathe in these and can use while working out without struggling for air or hyperventilating because the shape and construction keeps the fabric from sucking back to your mouth on inhale. Love the way they enabled adjustable ear straps so it will stay on if running or doing something really active." —BossLadybc

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Polyester/spandex with cotton liner

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship July 4

    Get a five-pack from Athleta for $30.

    10. Or a summer-friendly, breathable sleeve face covering that won't chafe on long bike rides, walks, and runs.

    A model on a bike with a face covering on under their helmet

    Just a heads-up — as far as face mask and coverings go, this is only one layer (the CDC recommends two to three layers for full coverage). Some barrier is better than no barrier, though — just be particularly mindful about maintaining social distancing while wearing this (as you should with all mask types). You can check out BuzzFeed's rundown of the CDC's face mask guidelines for more details.

    Promising review: "At first I thought was too small but I stretched it out a bit with my hands and while I rode my bike with it on it stretched to be awesome! I can breath with it on and not fog up my glasses! I don’t feel like I’m suffocating in it! Best summer mask! Got three more." —Petunia

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in seven colors).

    11. A pair of seamless ribbed bike shorts so easy to shimmy into that you'll be tempted to cancel all the other bottoms in your wardrobe.

    Free People

    Promising review: "These shorts are amazing! It cinches my waist perfectly, but it doesn’t squeeze. There are so many matching bramis, bralettes, and camis for these shorts, the shorts have become an everyday quarantine staple! Please come out with new colors! I will buy up every bright color you make!" —diamondberries

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in sizes XS-L and 11 colors).

    12. A cooling towel that gets chilly when you soak it in water and wring it out — a godsend for when you're looking for quick ways to cool down when you get inside.

    A model wringing out the towel

    It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

    Promising review: "Stuck at home and your neglected exercise equipment is staring you down? So you hop on and realize you sweat buckets? You need a gym towel. Not one of your bath towels. These are designed to wick moisture away and easily drape over your neck to keep it handy. This four pack is great because each is a different color. So each family member you are are quarantined with can have their own and you don't have to worry about accidentally picking up someone else's gross sweaty towel." —Enealio

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    13. A set of seamless hipster underpants from Reebok made with a performance fabric that wicks away sweat *and* keeps your undies locked in place.

    A reviewer image of the underwear in blue, orange, black, and space-dye gray

    Promising review: "Great order, super comfy, perfect for sitting out coronavirus and also going for jogs." —Lauren DuFresne

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.89+ (available in sizes S-XL and 11 color combinations).

    14. A set of light, compact core sliders you can put on your feet to maximize the impact of your core and balance exercises indoors, whether you're on hardwood or carpet.


    If you're new to these, here's a quick video of 26 core slider exercises you can try!

    Promising review: "Perfect addition for these at home workouts during quarantine! The sliders look exactly as advertised and were nicely packaged and they glide on hardwood floors easily." —Amber G

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    15. A compressive Free People crop top designed to be worn with or without a sports bra, depending on what kind of vibe you're feeling for your workout.

    A model in a gray cropped form-fitting tank with racerback spaghetti straps
    Free People

    Promising review: "I bought this crop in the hopes I could find comfy shirts to wear without a bra to lounge in and maybe do some soft exercise. I was happy as soon as I put this crop on, it's so soft and fits me so well. I do feel a light support but won't be running or doing HIIT in it anytime soon. It's perfect for quarantine wear and for the fact that I truly never want to wear a bra again when we can go out." —lduke

    Get it from Free People for $30 (available in sizes XS-L and three colors).

    16. A pair of noise-cancelling, sweat-proof wireless headphones built to endure your sweatiest workouts without popping out.

    A model wearing wireless in-ear headphones connected to each other during a workout

    Plus, these babies have a built-in mic for calls and punch 16 hours of battery life before they need to recharge, so they'll get you through the whole day if you need 'em.

    Promising review: "These wireless headphones are exactly what I was looking for. With COVID-19, I’ve started running outside in the mornings and I wanted wireless headphones to keep me motivated. They came with a nice little mesh case and extra little ear buds/hooks in case they fall off or anything happens. I love that they’re magnetic so the two earbuds can stick together when not in use! I’m seriously impressed and excited." —Alli

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    17. A set of beginner-friendly resistance loop bands that range from least to most resistant, so you can challenge yourself with different exercises over time — perfect for anything ranging from light stretching to full-body workouts.

    A set of resistance bands in blue, green, pink, red, and purple

    These come with a free e-book full of exercises, but Sandra Okeke also has a resistance loop band video for beginners with 20 exercises to get started!

    Promising review: "This product is worth the money. It is durable and beginner friendly. The seller is very courteous and emailed me a workout ebook which will come in handy during this quarantine." —T Crosby

    Get a set of five bands from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two color sets).

    18. Plus a complete set of five resistance bands with handles, ankle straps, a door anchor, and a resistance band guide, so you can basically recreate the entire gym in your bedroom.

    A reviewer image of everything in the set

    Promising review: "I bought another set and returned them when I found this because the connections between the bands and anchors was so much better. These are durable and perfect for workouts in my tiny apartment while the quarantine keeps the gyms closed, will definitely be using them regularly from now on!" —Krista McCullough

    Get it from Amazon for $48.68.

    19. A set of four stretchy wireless bras with removable padding and adjustable straps you can use for low-impact workouts., Amazon

    Y'all, I have made very few "nonessential" purchases since we started sheltering in place, but this was one that was worth every penny. I pulled the pads out and they are the *chef's kiss* perfect combination of supportive without being constricting. For some reason I hate not wearing a bra during the day and also simultaneously hate wearing bras, and this very comfy wireless version is the only one that I can stand right now.

    Promising review: "I wanted some comfortable bralettes to wear during quarantine, since I need some support as a full C cup. These are PERFECT. You can’t necessarily do jumping jacks with them but they’re great for walking, going downstairs, yoga, etc. They’re soft, comfortable, and I even sleep in them because I keep forgetting I’m wearing one." —Holly Jackson

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 10 styles and sizes S-XL with options for "Busty").

    20. Or a lightweight, wire-free, high-impact athletic bra designed specifically for people with larger chests to mitigate some of the HARD YIKES of chafing from underwire in the heat. This also wicks away sweat to keep you nice and cool.

    A reviewer in the black bra

    Promising review: "Being in quarantine has me working out two to three times a day just to keep me sane. I've had to wear three pull over sports bras to attempt to get the support this one sports bra gives me! I'm so impressed I'm buying a second bra! I was able to do a low-impact weight exercise on the first hooks and tightened it up to the second hooks so I could take my dog on our morning run." —Brandi

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors and sizes 34C-50H).

    21. A pair of high-waisted performance leggings that stay the heck put, whether you're doing squats with an Instagram Live workout or running on the treadmill.,

    Promising review: "I love it! Going to order more. Fits my body so well. Perfect for quarantine or working out, fits exactly as described." —Strauss Designs

    Get a pair from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in 26 colors and sizes XS-XXXL).

    22. A UPF 50+ protective running hat for shielding your face from sunburns and keeping the sweat out of your unsuspecting eyeballs.,

    Promising review: "I have almost never worn a hat while running, but I cut my hair short during the stay-at-home COVID-19 lockdown so I wouldn't have to deal with it. I started feeling the sun on the my scalp and decided to look for a running hat. I chose this one due to the favorable reviews and price. I've worn it for about five runs (about 40 miles) at this point, and I'm happy with my decision. It's very light, it blocks the sun, and I barely notice it's there. The bill is long enough to provide more shade for my eyes as well. I wear a pair of sunglasses at the same time without problem." —bbshanny

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

    23. A stability ball to help you delve into a whole range of exercises and activate muscles you'd usually only engage with machines at the gym.

    A purple stability ball

    TBH, a lot of people find that this is a good chair for working from home to help with posture and back pain!

    Promising review: "I purchased this ball since my gym is closed due to the COVID virus. It is wonderful. Using it for sit-ups, push-ups, and leg work. It is very sturdy and was easy to blow up. I would recommend." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $14.99 (available in three sizes).

    (Psst — the 55 cm ball is recommended for heights 5-foot to 5-foot-5, the 65 cm ball for heights 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-11, and the 75 cm ball for heights 6-foot to 6-foot-5.)

    24. A pair of elastic yoga socks with grippers at the bottom that are firm and durable, but will still give your feet some much-needed ventilation.

    A reviewer image of feet wearing the gray socks with two crossover elastic straps on the top of the foot

    Promising review: "I can’t take these off. Comfortable, great tread. Being in the house all day with coronavirus quarantine these are my go-to footwear every day." —Denise M. Burns

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five color combinations).

    25. A lightweight hoodie with thumb holes designed for breathable workouts (but also cozy enough that reviewers mention chilling in it all day long).

    A model in a gray hoodie
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "Perfect for this quarantine, so soft and cozy. Liked it so much, I got it in the dark grey and light grey." —Robyn

    Get it from Old Navy for $15 (originally $29.99; available in sizes XS-XL and three colors).

    All of us breaking a sweat during quarantine like:

    Grover from Sesame Street doing cardio

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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