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    Updated on Jul 16, 2020. Posted on Jul 9, 2020

    25 Problem-Solving Products For Your Next Outdoor Workout

    Say buh-bye to sweat, blisters, and dehydration while you get movin' outside.

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    1. Glow-in-the-dark running armbands, so you can stay safe during your a.m. or p.m. workouts. These bands easily slide onto your arms and help make you more visible when it's early in the morning or late at night.

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    Promising review: "I bought these because it's now too dark out to safely run without something making me visible. These do the trick really well. They've got elastic bands on them, so once you get them sized to your arm, they can just be slipped on and off. They're quite comfortable once you get them on, and they don't feel like they're going to fall off." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight colors).

    2. A pair of comfy sneakers you'll want to have on hand for cardio workouts. It comes with a bean bag-like cushioning system that'll help you get the most out of your run sans pain.

    Model wears Nike Joyride Run Flyknit Shoes in a blue and green shade

    Promising review: "I have been wearing them for HIIT workouts and I love them for that! I like the idea that I can run in them and then still use them for lifting or other workouts. Not all running shoes can do that. I love how they are snug on the foot, but still allow movement in the toe area." —Nike Customer

    Get them from Nike for $129.97+ (available in sizes 5—12 and 12 colors).

    3. A sturdy foam roller that'll help soothe tight muscles after kickboxing, running, and cycling. It has triple grid massage zones that'll get to work on all sore areas, so you can enjoy your post-workout recovery time.

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    Promising review: "From running to walking uphill both ways to work (yes, this is possible), to wearing heels all day, my calves were tight. Nothing has been working. This roller was a godsend. I actually have more mobility after using it than traditional stretching, and I think there was a knot in each calf that it worked out. This is a must-have." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in six colors).

    4. A sporty baseball cap, because you need a little shade and protection from the sun on long hikes, jogs, and runs. It also doubles up as a great accessory and will go with all your activewear outfits.

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    Promising review: "I love this hat! It’s so comfortable, has a great fit, and it's flexible. It’s definitely on trend. I wear it for my morning walks, goes great with anything from your extra-cute workout outfit, to relaxed and comfy." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.54+ (one size fits all, available in 32 colors).

    5. A pair of workout shorts that'll hit your waist at the right spot, stay in place, and keep you dry during cardio exercise. With moisture-wicking fabric and a gorgeous print, you'll be ~working up a sweat~ in style.

    Model wears blue and yellow-patterned bike shorts with pink sneakers
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    Get them from PRU Apparel for $40 (available in sizes S—XL).

    6. A hydration pack, because you'll have plenty of room for water and hiking essentials. It comes with a two-liter hydration bladder and secure large pocket to hold your phone, sunglasses, and a jacket. You won't need to carry a bulky backpack anymore on outdoor adventures.

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    Promising review: "I took this to Hawaii and I am in love. There are two straps for you to use so the backpack is secure to your body. I am obsessed with the different amount of compartments you have: four zippers and two mesh pouches on each side. I love the 2-liter bladder. Plus, *it's BPA-free.* I recommend this to anyone who loves the outdoors and lives an active lifestyle." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $30.37+ (available in five colors).

    7. A pack of exercise cards so you can mix up your outdoor fitness routine with planks, push-ups, and burpees galore. Whenever you find yourself in a debate about whether to work your core, arms, or back, let these cards determine your next sweat sesh.

    Model uses pack of exercise cards before going into push-up position

    Promising review: "These cards are *amazing.* I love that I can schedule my workout week sensibly and safely, I really appreciate the tips on the backs of the cards! The HIIT and Core cards are such a nice bonus, too! My favorite part of this item is that I can do my workout at my pace." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two volumes).

    8. Compression socks, because you want to keep leg swelling at bay and run comfortably for long periods of time. They're also made with a breathable material to prevent moisture from getting in the way of your sweat session.

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    Promising review: "You guys I love these! I'm a runner and for the past year, I have been suffering from shin splint pain not during my 5-mile runs, but right after, so I decided to buy a couple of these and give it a try! I started to wear a pair during my runs and a pair to sleep, man did this make a huge difference! The swelling has gone down and I feel amazing! I really do recommend these for runners!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $10.39+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    9. A pair of sculpted leggings, so you can move comfortably outdoors not think twice about them slipping down during squats, jumping jacks, or burpees. And did we mention there are also pockets for your phone and keys!

    Model wears navy and blue high-rise sculpted leggings with sneakers

    Promising review: "These leggings are amazing! They have side pockets that are deep enough for your phone and really convenient. They stay up and do not roll down and pass the squat test! I recommend these." —Target Customer

    Get them from Target for $32 (available in sizes 1X—4X and two colors).

    10. Anti-chafing thigh bands to wear during high-intensity exercises. These lil' helpers are made to reduce sweat and chafing, and easily slip under activewear bottoms. Raise your hand if you're done dealing with irritated thighs after working out.

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    Promising review: "I just purchased the nonlace 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. 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 $18.95+ (available in six sizes and 17 colors).

    And check out If You’re New To Running, Here Are 30 Things You’ll Probably Find Helpful for more workout tips.

    11. A nonslip yoga towel for your hot yoga sessions outdoors: It not only comes in cute colors, but helps absorb sweat and prevents sliding. Flowing from one pose to the next will be a breeze with this workout essential.

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    Promising review: "I practice hot yoga approximately two times per week. I bought this towel because beach towels just weren't working. They didn't fit correctly and they would always bunch up. Then I tried this towel and I'm in love! It absorbs all of the sweat, it fits my mat perfectly, I love the color, and it's actually affordable. Get this towel, you won't be disappointed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in seven colors).

    12. A time-marked water bottle, so you can keep track of your daily H2O intake while you soak up the sun. Staying hydrated is key during exercise and this container will let you know if you're drinking enough water or need more.

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    Promising review: "I work out often and drink a lot of water during exercise. This bottle really hold the perfect amount of water for workouts. This bottle is great because it has little time labels on the side that says how much water you should drink at each hour of the day to stay hydrated correctly. I couldn't be more pleased." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    13. A lightweight jacket to keep you cool and dry when you go on solo runs, hikes, and walks. With four-way stretch and water-repellent material, you'll be comfy and not have to worry about rain getting you wet.

    Model wears white lightweight zip jacket with a hood and pockets

    Promising review: "I truly love the style of this jacket. It is light in weight and fits comfortably. My favorite features are the drawstring waistband, and it is water-repellent. The material is so soft and it is made with 80% recycled polyester. It is a great jacket that is decent for year-round wear depending on the nature of the weather." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $40 (available in sizes 1X—4X and also in black).

    14. A ventilated top with moisture-wicking fabric *and* UPF 50+ protection, so you can stay cool and sunburn-free while you enjoy warm weather workouts. If your activewear is making you feel too hot, it may be time to wear more breathable pieces.


    Promising review: "I’m that person who typically can’t buy clothes online due to the fear of buying clothes that won’t fit my form. I was also nervous that the bra wouldn’t offer enough support. This tank fit me just right! It didn’t hug my torso, it’s super light and breathable, and enough support for a simple jog." —Athleta Customer

    Get it from Athleta for $48.99+ (available in sizes XS—XL and three colors).

    15. A Fitbit Inspire HR that'll make it easy to monitor your heart rate, calories burned, and fitness activity whenever you're running or doing a HIIT circuit in the park.

    Model wears black Fitbit Inspire HR on their wrist while running on a track

    This tiny wearable fits comfortably on your wrist and syncs up with your smartphone with an app, where you can access daily stats and keep track of your goals.

    Promising review: "My doc recommended that I get a fitness tracker with heart rate capabilities to monitor my pulse throughout the day and night, as well as during activity/exercise and rest. I love all the different features and that I can track not only runs and walks, but also swimming, biking and weights.This item is super comfortable and doesn't irritate my wrist while I sleep or when I'm running." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in three colors).

    16. Portable deodorant, so you can keep sweat and stinky underarms at bay during low-impact and high-impact activities. The temperature may be rising outside, but not having the right antiperspirant on hand is ~the pits.~

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    Promising review: "I live in hot and humid environment and despite the fact it’s December it’s hot and sweaty outside snd we have the AC running. I put this after the shower last night which was 24 hours ago and I don’t stink 😂 it works great helping to reduce both sweat and the stench." —Amazon Customer

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. An anti-chafe balm to keep your body safe from skin rubbing issues like redness and irritation. Rock those compression shorts and crush your a.m. or p.m. run without discomfort.

    Reviewer holds a blue anti-chafe balm container that says "body The Original Anti-Chafe Balm"

    Promising review: "This stuff really is awesome. It really works and I don't know where it has been all my life. I started looking for something for thigh chafing after running into a few issues (not fun). It is super easy to use, just slide it on like you'd use deodorant." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in a two-pack).

    18. And anti-blister balm, so you can give your feet some sweet relief from oozing and irritated areas. This stick goes smoothly over your toes and heels, whether you're wearing hiking sandals or athletic sneakers.

    Model applies BodyGlide Foot Anti-Blister Balm on their heel

    Promising review: "I love this product! Typically when I run more than two to three miles I get some hot spots, irritation, or a blister and this made my whole run enjoyable! I got one of my best times during a 5K while using this product. I could focus on doing a great job rather than worrying about my feet." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    19. A running belt you'll want to wear if you're training for a race or taking a long stroll when it's hot outdoors: There's a vertical water bottle spot, a zippered pocket for your phone and keys, and an adjustable waistband. You won't get thirsty or lose anything along the way.

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    Promising review: "This product was exactly what I was looking for. It is comfortable to wear and super light! The material has a good quality as well. It is Ideal for walks, hikes, and running. I bought one for me and my mother!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six colors).

    20. A sunscreen stick to apply to your face and bod before you go play soccer or volleyball on a sunny day. It has Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ and acts as a shield from UVA/UVB rays. No sunburns will stop your workout today. 👏

    Model applies Neutrogena Beach Defense 50+ Sunscreen Stick to their face

    Promising review: "My husband and I have been on the hunt for the perfect face sunscreen, and we've finally found it! It applies nicely, provides great protection, doesn't feel sticky/uncomfortable on your face, and leaves your face completely blemish free even after daily use! I know we'll stick with this sunscreen for the long run." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    21. A jaw-dropping mesh sports bra you can wear for cycling, running, and jogging. It has interlocking seams that help reduce chafing and removable cups for extra comfort, so you won't have to worry about perspiration or irritation after workouts.

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    Promising review: "This sports bra is amazing! I have ordered two different colors, the white and the pink. It's comfortable, breathable and very sexy. It stays in place even when doing high-intensity workouts!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 30B–40B and 35 colors).

    22. Wireless earbuds, because wearing bulky headphones during your next outdoor yoga or cardio session isn't fun. These headphones are super light, sweat-proof, and will block out annoying noise while you're on the move.

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    Promising review: "They stay fully charged through many lifts for me. They have great color options. The best part is they drown out all the excess noise and they don’t get ruined due to sweat buildup in the ears. I highly encourage you to get these headphones for the gym, or running, or hiking, or anything." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.95 (available in six colors).

    23. A pair of polarized sunglasses that won't slide down your nose and block annoying sun glare. Wear these babies on your next trail run or bike ride.

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    Promising review: "I was looking for glasses to wear for my first half marathon. These were great! Didn't slip at all, they were very lightweight, and very comfortable to wear. So glad I have these because I can wear them when I'm not running too." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 20 colors).

    24. A pair of running insoles for long walks, jogs, and sprints: These are designed to minimize shock by 40% and help keep your feet smelling fresh. Buh-bye shin splints and stinky feet.

    Reviewer shows pink Dr. Dr. Scholl’s running insoles in their purple athletic sneakers
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    Promising review: "I noticed a difference on the first use. I didn't get shin splints while jogging so now I can just focus on going farther. I am thankful I tried these first before buying new shoes. Thank you so much for providing an affordable relief option for runners!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pair from Amazon for $8.75+(available in three sizes).

    25. Spiral hair ties that'll hold your hair up in a bun, braid, or ponytail while you ~work up a sweat~ outside and won't hurt when you take 'em out.

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    Promising review: "These hair ties are magic! They never leave a kink in my hair and everything stays in place whether I'm going for a ponytail or a bun. I love them for working out because I can toss my hair up for the workout and take it out to go run errands afterward. I have both the clear set and this colored set and like how these blend in with my hair." —Amazon Customer

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

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