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    23 Things You'll Need Now That Gyms Are Gloriously Open Again

    I have a lot of lounging around to make up for.

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    1. This popular gym bag, which has been designed with a separate pocket for shoes or wet clothes.


    With over 1,500 five-star ratings on Amazon (and that price!), this buy is probably the easiest purchase you've made in a long time. Wet gear or shoes are separated from the rest of your belongings, while a snug bottle holder prevents spills. A padded shoulder strap and dual handles make for easy transport to and from the gym.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.

    2. These silicone heel protectors, which will soften shocks to your feet and prevent cracked heels.


    These one-size-fits-most heel protectors are made from medical grade silicone, cushioning and support your feet as you move. Wear under your socks and in your shoes for hidden relief from the pressure that walking, running and standing puts on feet and heels.

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    3. This maternity drop crotch pant, because having a baby on-board doesn't have to mean the end of yoga.

    Cotton On Body

    For anyone whose tights aren't accomodating of a baby bump, there are these soft, jersey pants with an extended waistband β€” perfect for support as you (and baby!) grows. Full-length to the ankle, you needn't worry about pulling or adjusting your clothes while you exercise.

    Buy from Cotton On Body for $24.99 (available in sizes XS-L).

    4. This motivational water bottle, which will remind you to hydrate β€” not just at the gym β€” but throughout the day as well.


    Dehydration is the enemy of energy and concentration, so level-up your workout with all the water. This litre bottle is marked with times, so when you glance at your bottle and realise its past the hour, you know it's time to take another swig. It helpfully lets you know just what a certain amount of liquid is doing for you, including, "3 p.m. β€” Reduce Fatigue" and "5 p.m. β€” Hydrate Skin".

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99 (available in three colours).

    5. This Nike crop-like bra, which proves I needn't have been wary of putting my D-cup sized breasts into a sports bra with such thin straps in the past.

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    The Nike Indy bra is this brilliant combination of flexible support and looks β€” which you might say doesn't matter, but if I'm going to live in my activewear, it might as well look cute. Featuring a figure-hugging fit (no falling out during downwards-facing dog!), a flattering low-cut-design, thin, adjustable straps, padding and a breathable mesh insert to back, it's ideal for all the pretzels you put your body through during barre.

    Stupidly popular, you can now only get it in white, neon blue or pale pink (which, considering how cute they are, isn't really a loss).

    Buy it from Nike for $40 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    6. This body fat scale that you can connect to your phone and track your fitness levels throughout a new exercise regime.


    With changes to all of our routines, diet and exercise, it's easy for our health to fall by the wayside. Keep your health on track with this scale that calculates all of the things β€” including BMI, body weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.49.

    7. This long sleeved crop top, which will keep your limbs warm while you activate (and check out) your abs during crunches.


    This gorgeous top is constructed from light, performance fabric, in a silhouette designed to hug your body as it moves. A zipper detail to the front allows you to change the neckline depending on your mood or the weather, and its high contrast stitching makes it aesthetic enough that you won't mind walking back home from the gym in it.

    Buy from Missguided for $27.99 (available in sizes 8-16).

    8. These armpit pads, which will keep your sweat from staining your shirts after Body Pump class.


    Apply these self-adhesive underarm pads directly to your skin for some easy, all-natural, soaking up of sweat. Go forth and go hard on your workouts!

    Buy a pack of 30 from Amazon Australia for $24.90.

    9. And this antiperspirant for your hands, so you don't have to worry about sweaty palms losing grip on heavy barbells.


    Basically, it's deodorant for your hands. This 50ml can provides about 200 pumps worth, which is more than enough for weeks of workouts.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.90.

    10. This waterproof phone case, which is easily mounted to the handlebars of your bike during spin class.


    Stay connected on during spin class (though honestly, if you're texting during class, you could probably go harder) with this case that allows you to operate your phone through a plastic shield. Velcro straps easily fix the case to your handlebars β€” which also has enough space to contain your keys and ear buds!

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $39+.

    11. These odour-absorbing bamboo bags that will suck all the stench out of your dirty things.


    Filled with organic bamboo charcoal, these little linen-cotton pouches trap musty smells without emitting synthetic fragrances or toxic chemicals. They come in different sizes, but this one is ideal for tucking into your sneakers after a sweaty HIIT class.

    Buy a set of two from Amazon Australia for $21.11+.

    12. These kilo ankle weights, because I know you've been slacking on your leg lifts.


    I know there's a temptation to just kick your legs when you should be using your stomach muscles to lift them. These here will ensure you can't get lazy and with soft, neoprene casing, will make certain that your skin is well-protected as you do your repetitions.

    Buy them from Amazon Australia for $32.

    13. This foam roller to stretch muscles and improve flexibility after every workout.


    Use it to massage upper back, lower back, hamstrings, all the things. Plus, this one comes with a free carry bag for easy transport.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $31.99+.

    14. These high-waisted workout leggings, which will solve the problem of where to put your phone during lifting sessions.


    These tights are made of ultra-fine fibres that mimic the softness and durability of silk β€” so whether you're working out or sitting on the couch all day, your tush will remain comfy. The fabric is also super stretchy, so you'll be able to move in any direction you please without feeling any discomfort. Plus, it features a side pocket for your phone β€” so, you'll no longer need to stick it in your bra and let it get all sweaty.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.98+ (available in 30 colours).

    15. These Sound PEATS wireless earbuds, so you can blast your music without cords interfering with your workout.

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    With just a touch of a single earbud, you have access to excellent sound quality to take calls and listen to music for around four hours per charge. Plus, it has over 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "I've been dragging my heels to make the move to wireless earbuds β€” I thought for sure I'd lose one and that having to charge them would be a massive inconvenience. My husband bought these as a gift and now I love the convenience of not having to hold my phone when out and about, should I want to listen to my music. Their holder has magnetic properties, so when charging or just being stored, you don't have to worry about the earbuds falling out and getting lost."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $44.99.

    16. This Berlei sports bra, which promises to support larger-sized cups, no matter how gruelling the activity.


    Promising review: "Most of the sports bras that live in my wardrobe are longer crop-top styles because jiu jitsu has me bending and contorting my body. However, since my training now consists of building up to 10km fun runs, I've been in need of something more heavy duty in the breast department.

    This high-impact bra has worked wonders for me, as not only does it significantly reduce bounce, but its adjustable design means that I get to cross it on my back β€” making me feel extra strapped in and ready to hit the pavement."

    β€”Natalia Krslovic

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.15+ (available in sizes 10C-30F and in two colours).

    17. This dry shampoo, without which I refuse to leave the gym for fear of the shine from my hair blinding people.

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    Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we just can't fit a hair wash in with our shower after gym class. For those moments when you simply must run (or otherwise risk being late to work) this dry shampoo is a life saver. Simply spray into the roots of you hair, brush away excess and your hair will look and feel clean and full of body again.

    Buy it from RY for $10.50.

    18. These anti-chafing sweat control bra liners, which will help keep the boob sweat under control.


    This bra liner is not only made from moisture management fibre, but it also just generally makes wearing a bra more pleasant because it adds a little extra padding between you and your underwire. It’s alright to use with sensitive skin and is super lightweight, so you’ll forget you even have it on.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $27.99+.

    19. This sweat headband, which will keep your hair and sweat out of your eyes so you can focus on your reps.


    This moisture-wicking headband keeps hair and sweat out of eyes during even the most strenuous of activities. Cut from hues of grey, it will fit perfectly into any atheleisure get-up with ease.

    Buy a pack of four from Amazon Australia for $15.98.

    20. This Fitbit Versa, which can go four entire days without a charge.

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    This is the lightest Fitbit yet β€” plus, it's water resistant (can use in the pool!), accommodates wallet-free payments, GPS, sleep and period tracking, call and calendar alerts and all the fitness tracking for which the brand first became famous.

    Buy it for $198 (available in four colours).

    21. This microfibre towel, which is designed to cool your body down in an instant.


    Eco-friendly and anti-bacterial, this wonder of a towel creates a cooling sensation simply by being run under water. Wring excess water out, then use as a bandana, neck wrap or towel.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $6.74.

    22. This decedent, sweetly-scented Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream from The Body Shop, because lifting weights have left your hands drier than the Sahara.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This gel-cream is made from Community Trade shea from Ghana and pink grapefruit oil β€” both super soft and absorbs quickly into your skin.

    Promising Review: "This hand cream lives on my desk. I have naturally dry skin, so need to moisturise them throughout the day. This cream is not only thick and so hydrating, but it smells DIVINE. Instantly soothes my nerves in the middle of a hectic working day."

    β€”Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from The Body Shop for $7.

    23. And finally, this foot powder that will eliminate the odour emanating from your feet after a run.


    This 100% naturally-derived powder uses minerals and oils to eliminate sweat and stink, preventing fungus and bacteria from growing. Simply sprinkle this New Zealand-made powder into your shoes after your post-workout shower.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.

    Me, after months of the gym being closed:

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