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    23 Problem-Solving Products That Fitness Enthusiasts Actually Swear By

    Exercise in comfort *and* keep soreness at bay with these fitness essentials.

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    1. 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: "Oh my goodness. I absolutely am in love with this deep tissue massage roller no joke and it takes a lot for me to get excited, but this ruler literally massages out the knots in your back your shoulders and your neck. I felt my back cracking and the tighten knots loosening up the moment I started using it. I’m going to incorporate this ruler into my daily yoga and fitness routine. It's calming and has already offered me so much relief after using it just a couple of days." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.82 (available in two colors).

    2. A custom-fit sports bra, because it's been a minute since you've found a good one for your at-home fitness routine. No more digging, tightness, or bouncing.


    Promising review: "Finally a bra that truly is made to fit! There is no spillover, no uni-boob, just pure comfort for whatever sport your doing! I want to wear it everyday!" —SheFit Customer

    Get it from SheFit for $78 (available in sizes XS—5LUXE and six colors).

    3. 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.


    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 $138.97+ (available in sizes 5—12 and 12 colors).

    4. A yoga strap to help you get flexible during yoga poses: Slip it around your feet or knees to stretch and get the most out of your practice.

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    Promising review: "This yoga strap feels strong and well made, and I love the green color. It isn't scratchy at all, and is easy to grip on to during poses. Previously I’d been using a robe belt as a makeshift yoga strap, which worked alright but the belt was stretchy and wasn’t suitable for all poses. This strap has no give, and I’m quite pleased with it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in two colors).

    5. A pair of sculpted leggings, so you can move comfortably during high-intensity circuits and 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!


    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).

    6. 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 $17.54 (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    7. A pair of performance joggers that'll minimize sweat while you hit up the treadmill or do barre in your living room. They're made with a comfy, moisture-wicking fabric to help you stay dry during your fitness routine. Repeat after me: No. More. Sweat. Stains.


    Promising review: "I've worn these joggers several times since I've gotten them and love them so much. Not only do they look good, they are extremely comfortable and soft to the touch. I actually ran a half marathon wearing these instead of running shorts this past weekend in 70-degree weather and there was no chafing and was very breathable. So happy when there was no pilling between the legs from a 13.1-mile run." —REI Customer

    Get them from REI for $84 (available in sizes XS—XL and 11 colors).

    8. A budget-friendly fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate, count steps, and observe calories burned while you exercise. You can even access your health data by week or month, which can help you stick to your fitness goals *and* see your progress in a non-complicated format.

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    Promising review: "If you want to start tracking your workouts, walks, steps, heartbeat, and sleep cycles, this is a great low cost option. It offers some control of music, you can view recent texts, set alarms and timers, and other stuff as well. The magnetic charger (charge it maybe once a week?) charges very fast. It's a solid fitness tracker that looks and feels great with some little bonuses." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three colors).

    9. A breathable and stylish crop top, so you can stay cool while you get movin' on hot days. With a mesh-back panel and comfy shape, you'll be perspiration-free while you walk, cycle, or run outdoors.


    Promising review: "I love this crop! It's great to work out in and use for everyday wear. I can just put on a pair of joggers and my Yeezys and I'm on the go." — Adidas Customer

    Get it from Adidas for $35 (available in sizes XS—XL).

    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 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 $16.95+ (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 non-slip yoga mat you'll want to have on hand for yoga sequences and core work. Shifting from Downward Dog to Chaturanga Dandasana just got easier, thanks to this mat's textured, non-slip surface.

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    Promising review: "I love this mat, the thick padding on our wood flooring gives my body the support it needs. It's not hard to pivot your feet or slide your hands going from one pose to the next, in fact it makes it easier having durability and the stickiness to keep you in place." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 12 colors)

    12. A pair of high-rise bike shorts that won't slip down or ride up while you do bodyweight circuits. These babies hit your waist at the right spot and go with all your fave activewear looks.

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    Promising review: "These are the only biker shorts I’ll ever buy. Other biker shorts look terrible on my frame but these, oh man. Not only that, they are amazing to workout in. I do CrossFit and yoga in these, they don’t slide down and hold sweat well. I absolutely adore these." —Girlfriend Collective Customer

    Get them from Girlfriend Collective for $48 (available in sizes XXS—6XL and 13 colors).

    13. A pack of exercise cards so you can mix up your 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.


    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 calorie burn is accurate, if not a bit conservative. Lifting heavier will burn more, but the suggested burn is near perfect for lighter lift days. 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 without any annoying outdated music or chatting from a trainer, like you'd find on a DVD." —Amazon Customer

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

    And visit 37 Products To Help You Workout At Home Because No One's Going To The Gym Right Now for more workout inspo.

    14. 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.


    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 two colors).

    15. 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).

    16. A mega pack of hair ties that won't pull on your hair and keep strands locked in place. You don't want to deal with a loose pony tail or bun when you're in the middle of a set of squats, lunges, or crunches.

    Free People

    Promising review: "These are good quality, they don't pull my hair and they're durable. The pink color is stylish and I use these everyday for my workouts." —Free People Customer

    Get them from Free People for $20 (available in three colors).

    17. A time-marked water bottle to keep track of your daily H2O intake. Staying hydrated is key during workouts and this container will let you know if you're drinking enough water.

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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 $19.95 (available in two colors).

    18. A sporty visor that'll act like a shield for your eyes and face when you're exercising outside. No more glare or sunburns while you play tennis or jog!


    Promising review: "Love this visor. It's light to wear and is really effective in the sun. I wore it for an outdoor workout and it worked perfectly. It kept the sun out of my eyes and sweat off my face!" —Lululemon Customer

    Get it from Lululemon for $28 (one size fits all, available in five colors).

    19. A pair of ventilated workout gloves, because it's been a minute since your hands didn't have blisters from lifting weights. Slide these on before strength training circuits and your skin will thank you.

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    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 $11.97+ (available in five sizes).

    20. A supportive 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).

    21. A non-slip yoga towel for your hot yoga sessions at home: 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).

    22. A pair of lightweight training shoes for HIIT, weight lifting, dancing, and every workout in between. They also feature easy laces and a flexible shape, so your feet will be free from pain while you get movin' indoors.


    Promising review: "I originally just ordered the shoe because I really adored the style of it. But to my surprise, the shoe was super comfortable! The soft foam is incredible. Makes a perfect shoe when you're on your feet a lot." —Puma Customer

    Get them from Puma for $49.99 (available in sizes 6—10 and eight colors).

    23. An anti-chafe balm to keep your body safe from skin rubbing issues like redness and irritation.

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    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).

    You, after you have a great indoor or outdoor workout:

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