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    29 Products That May Trick You Into Loving Exercise

    It turns out cardio *can* be fun, believe it or not.

    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 pair of sinfully chic high-waisted leggings that'll have you lookin' DANG fine while lifting. If you're feeling cute in your 'fit, those weights won't seem like such a drag.

    Alo Yoga

    Promising review: "The thickness of these leggings is just perfect — they're not too thin where you can see lumps and bumps but thin enough not to be bulky and hot. I recommend sizing down in Alo generally, I'm usually a small in all other workout brands, but got an XS for this. I always keep coming back to these!" —Luma B.

    Get them from Alo Yoga for $118 (available in sizes XXS–L and 13 colors).

    2. A pair of sweat-resistant Bose sport wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you can get hyped to "Jingle Bell Rock" when running through your neighborhood this holiday season. Or any season.

    Model running with the earbuds securely in her ears

    Promising review: "I give 5 Stars! My husband LOVED these! He says they stay in place while he does his workouts, and the sound in incredible! Would definitely recommend!" —Leslie Sparkles

    Get them on sale from Target for $149.99 (originally $179.99; available in three colors). 

    3. HIIT The Game — a blast of a "board game" for folks who know some friendly competition is the best way to up your rep game.


    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.

    4. A pair of roller skates sure to get you on a ~roll~ if spending more time outside is your goal.

    a model wearing bright yellow roller blades while sitting on a chair
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I love these skates! I’m a newbie and thought that these would be a good pair to begin with. They arrived two months ago and I have been skating regularly ever since. I mostly practice outside, but these are great for both indoor and outdoor skating!" —Amanda Marie 

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $139 (available in women's sizes 6–11, men's sizes 5–10, and four colors). 

    5. A pair of weighted bangles that'll cause resistance and help strengthen your arms and legs, even if you just wear them around the house or while on a walk.

    Free People

    When you have the ability to forget that you're exercising *while* exercising? That's when you've become the master, little grasshopper.

    Promising review: "These are so worth it! I’d been waiting for these to restock for so long! They are by far the comfiest and prettiest ankle weights out there! I got the latte color and it’s the perfect nude. So chic!" —Banannarama

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $49 (available in eight colors).

    6. An indoor cycling unit that's gonna be easy to store and move around when you need it. If you spend your weekends binge-watching Ted Lasso (as you SHOULD), throw this in front of the TV and enjoy some cardio while you're at it!

    model using the small wheels on the standing bike to move it somewhere else
    Academy Sports

    Promising review: "I bought this for my son to rehab his leg and he was impressed. WOW is all I can say!!!" —JayOne

    Get it from Academy Sports for $299.99.

    7. A two-seater inflatable kayak sure to pack easily and make spontaneous lake adventures more manageable. Have you been stuck in the city so long you think you might blow up? Blow off some steam with this inflatable gem instead.,

    Promising review: "I took this to a lake in northern Maine for a five-day trip. I fished, and fished, and fished, and fished. I had my 60-lb. dog with me, and this held up beautifully! After blowing it up at the car, I walked it about 100 yards to the shore of the lake and used it. It was PHENOMENAL!!! I love this kayak! LOVE IT! I love the bright colors. I love how easy it was to blow up. I loved that I was able to sit so comfortably. There was plenty of space behind the seat and in the front to stow gear/lunch/camera. I could sit with my legs totally extended (great for the tan!) or cross-legged.

    "There was plenty of room for my dog and she was comfy as well. I imagine she felt like she was spending her days on an air mattress. She's never been on any type of personal watercraft before, and it was stable enough she was comfortable after a few minutes. There were rocks and downed trees (as you would expect along a northern lake) and I had no worries about a puncture. I would totally recommend this to ANYONE!

    "While at the lake, we had the option of hard side kayaks, a few canoes, and this inflatable kayak. Without fail, this was the first choice for everyone there. I just love this thing!" —T.M. Lord

    Get it from Amazon for $152.70 or grab a one-seater for $161.42.

    8. An Apple Fitness+ subscription full of *tons* of classes that'll give you guidance and encouragement when starting up your fitness journey. If you love the idea of working out in a class but have no intention of walking into a gym...Apple has got you covered.

    person stretching into a yoga pose with the logo for apple fitness plus in front of them

    If you already own an Apple Watch Series 3 or later you'll still get one month free and you can use Apple Fitness+ with up to five family members. If you're getting yourself a brand spankin' new Apple Watch, you'll get three free months of Apple Fitness+. 

    Get it from Apple for $9.99/month or $79.99 annually. 

    9. A fab fleece jacket from FP Movement designed with a slightly cropped, slouchy fit for keeping you toasty warm when your friends finally convince you to go on a hike. Thanks a lot, you leaf-peepers.

    Free People

    Promising review: "Absolutely love, so comfy and got so many compliments! Amazing color selection, going back to buy more. Got a large to wear layers underneath, perfect size for that and even by itself, doesn’t feel too big. It doesn’t come down too far, which is hard for a petite body type, so perfect if you’re short!" —Molly G

    Get it from Free People for $148 (available in sizes XS–XL and 23 colors).

    10. An illustrated yoga mat is gonna give you something empowering AND pretty (two things can be true!) to stare at while you bend your body in ways you may feel like it ought not be bent.

    person lifting up entire body with their hands while on a yoga mat with an collection of women illustrated on it
    EmpowHer Prints

    This small biz is full of positive energy *and* home goods! You can find ornaments, prints, outfits, and gifts if you browse around. BTW, the shop is located in NYC. 

    Promising review: "Awesome design. Good sized. My wife loves it." —Steven Moore

    Get it from EmpowHer Prints on Etsy for $69.99.

    11. A set of five exercise bands for beginners who want an intense workout without having to fill their spare bedroom with bulky equipment. These versatile bands are great for making simple workouts exhausting, fun, and effective.


    Promising review: "I never knew that elastic bands could help me feel so much burn! I was very surprised by how durable and elastic these bands are. Even after prolonged and rigorous workout sessions, I have noticed absolutely no wear or tear whatsoever! These are extremely good quality for the price. I love the strength ladder too. Each band has a different weight estimate. There are online videos for you to watch, too! I 100% recommend this product to any fitness enthusiast — beginner or expert! I would give these 10 stars if I could! Purchase this product! You won’t regret it!" —Matthew C.

    Get them from Amazon for $11.95 (available in three colors).

    12. A cardio trampoline that'll give you an endorphin high with every single jump.

    Person jumping on small trampoline with springs covered

    Promising review: "I love this trampoline. I have lymphedema and I use it daily to help my circulation. Before I started jumping I had daily leg pain and some sleepless nights. I now have no more leg pain...I was expecting it to get better but I wasn't expecting it to go away. I'm very pleased. Ten minutes a day or more and it's wonderful and fun!! I bought a cheap version to keep at my daughter's for when I visit but there is no comparison. The cheap one is so hard, doesn't have nearly the bounce or comfort that this one has." —C.J. Clowers

    Get it from Amazon for $199+ (available in three styles). 

    13. A pair of dance pads connected to some *fun* YouTube classes — step onto these portable pads and get your core and lower-body workout in with a truly unique ~twist~ to regular workouts.


    The DIPDA classes online are fitness and flexibility training courses designed to help improve balance, body control, strength, and coordination. The unique twisting system helps tone both your core and lower body without having excessive pressure your bones or joints.

    Promising review: "These are so much better than sliders or twisters. And they are so much fun! I'm a runner, and I own a treadmill and a water rower, but these are my new favorite because I can place them in front of the TV and get a good workout. Depending on how hard I go at it, I can log a mile in anywhere from 10 to 14 minutes. My actually running pace is closer to 10 minutes. I love this enough to buy one for home and one for work." —Shelliep

    Get them from Amazon for $49.50.

    14. A balance board for working on your snowboarding, skateboarding, and general coordination while inside. Sure, it's good to social distance while you exercise, but the truth is you've gotta finish Succession before your siblings spoil it. You're not leaving the TV anytime soon., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is by far my FAVORITE Christmas gift this year! This is super fun — a great workout. Did I say SOOO FUN!? I may spend the whole weekend (and beyond!) 'playing' with this." —azure_mouse

    Get it from Amazon for $64.97.

    15. A medicine ball that'll guarantee you have a ~ball~ during your daily workouts. This is designed with dimples for an easy grip, making it the perfect multiuse weight if you're looking for one tool to use in several ways.

    Two people sitting on the floor throwing a medicine ball to each other

    Promising review: "This is perfect. It's just like the ball my trainer has. He recommended it, in fact. I love using it for resistance training and power training by slamming it. I imagine I'm destroying all negativity in my life when I slam it down." —Prosperous Writer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in two weights).

    16. A desk peddle for anyone who believes in the beauty of multitasking. Who says you can't put the pedal to the metal while working through your 9-to-5?


    Promising review: "This is easy to put together. It fits nicely under my desk and allows me to pedal while I'm working." —Patty Pixley

    Get it from Amazon for $44.

    17. A reflex ball you can throw on whenever you don't mind looking a little dopey in front of your roommates during your workout. You're the funny one in the house for a reason. Gotta keep that title going strong!

    Person wearing headband with reflex ball attached, hitting it with boxing braces on. Four different ball options are shown in the front of the image.

    Promising review: "This is a lot of fun. I find it addictive, like playing a good video game. For developing good focus, this is excellent! I wear bag gloves, which offer a nice squared-off surface that seems to make it easier to control the ball. I found the black ball hard to see so I put some yellow paint on it." —Saki

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four styles). 

    18. An FP Movement square-neck sports bra with wide, extra-supportive straps and a super-soft fabric. Honestly? I just might be buying these in every color.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I adore this bra. I keep pulling it out of the hamper to wear it over and over again because it is so comfortable. It feels like butter on my skin and I often forget I’m wearing it at all. I’m a 34DDD and I wanted something ultra comfy to wear around the house. LOVE." —andrea

    Get it from Free People for $48 (available in sizes XS–L and 25 colors). 

    19. A pair of Beatnik Shoes from Reebok for fashion ICONS who dig the unforgivingly comfy aesthetic of the plush slip-on shoe. If you basically refuse to take off your warm slippers all winter long, these are here to help you get outside and movin' every once in a while.

    cushy yellow sandal with buckle ankle strap and large, grippy sole

    Promising review: "This sandal is so comfortable and it is unbelievably cool. I just love, love, love this sandal. I want all of them!" —Anonymous

    Get them from Reebok for $120 (available in women's sizes 5.5–14.5, men's sizes 4–13, and 14 colors). 

    20. A portable gym bar to get in some spontaneous pull-ups every time you pass your doorway. This is also great for sit-ups, push-ups, and dips.


    Promising review: "Highly recommend. Well constructed, clever design for a home gym. There are several options to assemble the device that depend on the width and shape of the door frame. Pads keep the device from scratching or marring the door frame. Easily mounted and removed from door." —dj

    Get it from Target for $44.99.

    21. A weighted fitness hoop that'll comfortably target your abs while improving your posture, all while tricking you into an intense core workout that only feels fun!

    Person in workout clothes holding weighted hoola hoop across shoulder

    This hula hoop is two pounds and designed with padding for comfort.

    Promising review: "While my stomach has always been flat, I've struggled sculpting my waist. This hoop changed my body within weeks of heavy use. Who needs a waist trainer when you can just use this hoop! I don't go anywhere without mine." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two weights).

    22. A Stealth core trainer that's really and truly gonna trick you into loving exercise. This video game balancing board is gonna be your favorite entertainment when you're lying around and looking for something to do.


    Getting a Stealth board was the very best thing that has happened to me during quarantine. Mixing the fun of games on your phone with the natural endorphins you get from exercising is, to put it lightly, genius. I have two in my home and my husband and I compete daily to see who can last the longest. My favorite game is the paragliding challenge, he's into the planet-blasting space adventure. Nerd.

    Promising review: "I believe any money invested in health and fitness is worth it when utilized. This is a great purchase and integrates gaming with fitness. It's a fun way to build a strong core and expose the abs. No assembly is required, just a quick app download and you'll be ready to break your friends' record and at the same time sculpt your abs." —Makisan

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    23. An adjustable weighted jump rope for the cardio curious who are ready to ~jump~ on a daily workout routine.

    Person jumping rope

    Promising review: "I am totally satisfied with this jump rope, both its performance and its price. The handles are the right weight, shape, and texture. The rope has a 'springy' feel to it, which facilitates whipping or fast revolutions. This rope has put the fun back in my jump rope workouts."ATD

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in six weights).

    24. An ab wheel that's gonna absolutely crush your crunches and make your abs ache in the most satisfying way possible. This is a really intense tool, but it's gonna make your workouts ~wheely~ fun from the start.


    Promising review: "This was easy to put together and very sturdy. I like the rubber traction on it. The rubber makes it easier to use the roller anywhere, especially with the foam knee pad. I took it to work and can use it on the tile floors in the office without a problem. The knee pad is great, even on tile. It came with two comprehensive e-books — one on nutrition and one instruction guide. It has great instructions on proper use so you don't hurt yourself." —Applebreeze

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    25. A Spikeball set you can play at home or take with you on vacation. Don't let this blast of a party game fool you, it can give you a workout your heart can hardly handle!,

    This has foldable legs, an adjustable net, and comes with three balls.

    Promising review: "I heard about this game from a teen I know (I am 37) so I purchased it for my family. It is sooooo much fun!!! Be warned however that it is an aerobic workout! I have not had so much with my kids (16, 17, 19) for a very long time. It's very easy to learn (takes about five minutes) and the game is fast paced with lots of ball time (not waiting around like in volleyball). I highly recommend this game!!!" —Tort

    Get it from Amazon for $69.96.

    26. A deck of gorgeous yoga pose cards with 60 yoga poses and five themed sequences to give beginners a grasp of what they're getting themselves into on their yoga the most artistic way possible.

    Illustrated cards with yoga poses, names, and info on back

    These also teach key breathing techniques to help with mindfulness while you exercise. This small business is owned by Heather Garcia. Be sure to check out the shop's Instagram account for inspiration and beginner-friendly guidance! 

    Promising review: "These cards were SO beautiful and even more than I was hoping for. The quality is perfect! I really loved the descriptions on the back of each card. They’re very sturdy and easy to follow for anyone new to yoga. 10/10!" —Jair W-c

    Get them from HighDesertYogi on Etsy for $39.95.

    27. An exercise ball with resistance bands that'll probably be the most practical piece of furniture you could put in your home. A "chair" that works abs just by sitting on it? Sign me up for 12!

    Four images of people working out with the large ball and straps in different ways

    Promising review: "I am totally happy with the exercise ball, ring, and resistant bands. It's sturdy, easy to put together, and allows a great workout. I recommend this to anyone who really wants to work out at home. If one does not workout regularly at a gym, I would suggest starting slowly until your body gets adjusted to it. Do it every other day or two days. You can do it in front of television. I have used this on carpet as well as hardwood floors, it's very stable." —Katrina Nolder

    Get it from Amazon for $35.97+ (available in three styles).

    28. A hiking scratch-off poster that just might encourage homebodies to tell their couch potato lifestyle to take a hike...and start sightseeing in every state.

    Color poster with gold scratch off material hiding images of one hike from each state
    Scratch Off Works

    Scratch Off Works is a small business in Cleveland, Ohio, offering customers a handful of darling scratch-off posters for things like must-try whiskies, saltwater game fish, hikes, food from around the globe, and more. 

    Get it from Scratch Off Works on Etsy for $29.95.

    29. And finally, a box of activity dice available in fitness and yoga moves, so you won't have to bend over backward to find a fun way to work out (unless the dice tell you to).


    Each box comes with a dice for each chakra, seven in all!

    Promising review: "This is a great gift for someone who wants to get into yoga but doesn’t know anything about it. It kind of turns it into a game and makes it fun! Great for beginners." —Chrissy Becker

    Get them from Amazon for $15.10+ (available in two styles).

    When you use one of these just to keep yourself entertained and end up having the workout of your life:


    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.