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    10 Jun 2020

    31 Fitness Items That Will Prevent You From Turning Into Mush This Winter

    I'm calling time on my couch potato tendencies.

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    1. This 2kg Reebok medicine ball — perfect for ensuring you don't cheat on your squats.

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    This medicine ball is the perfect foundation for your home gym — a soft, moisture-resistant surface aids grip during workouts and its weighted core is perfect for making your squats that much deeper.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $40.67.

    2. This resistance tube, which is keeping our resident fitness addict, Ev, fit and healthy in quarantine.

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    Promising review: "This is your entire gym for under $20. With lockdown and no gyms available, the idea of spending hundreds of dollars on gym equipment that would take up my entire living room — and cost as much as the membership money I am saving for the 3 + months of iso — was not ideal.

    This bad boy filled a gap I never thought was possible with one item. Attach it to your door, a tree, your bench or just use your body — this is the epic strength and cardio workout that is as adaptable as anything."

    —Evelyn Bevans

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.39.

    3. This body fat scale that you can connect to your phone, because we all need to be aware of our health in this new reality.

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    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 — including BMI, body weight, bone mass, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, water weight and skeletal muscle.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $38.99.

    4. 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.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    The Nike Indy bra is this brilliant combination of flexible support and looks — 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 a pale pink (which, considering how cute it is, isn't really a loss).

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

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

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

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    6. This waterproof phone case, which is easily mounted to the handlebars of your bike.

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    Stay connected on your bike rides with this case that allows you to operate your phone through a plastic shield. Velcro straps easily fix the case to your handlebars — which also has enough space to contain your keys and ear buds!

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $32.89.

    7. These armpit pads, which will keep your sweat from staining your shirts.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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 $14.95.

    10. These Skechers leggings, which gives me all the support and flexibility I could ever ask for in activewear

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    Without even looking for them, these have become my absolute favourite leggings to wear when working out in cold weather. The thick, elasticised performance material is flexible without being thin (perfect for barre!) — and the supportive but unrestrictive, high waistband fits perfectly over my post-babies tum. Not a very tall woman, I prefer to wear my leggings full-length, so I don't look cut off mid-calve.

    Read about how my colleague, Nat, and I are working out in iso here.

    Buy it in pink from Skechers for $49.99.

    11. These dumbbell exercise cards, because motivating yourself to work out is hard — so these will do it for you.

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    This 52-card pack was created by a military fitness expert, who received a medal from the US Army for the exercise programs he designed for the troops (imagine having that on your CV). Workouts are only 5-15 minutes a day, and get progressively harder, so people of any fitness level can benefit. Plus, a scan of the cards brings up video demonstrations of each exercise, so you don't have to worry about poor form.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.97.

    12. This comfy workout tee — with a keyhole detail to the back that's so cute, you'll no doubt wear it with your trusty denim on weekends.

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    The times when I know I'm about to get real sweaty (hello, HIIT videos), I prefer something loose-fitting. This lightweight, grey marle tee — designed especially for sizes AU 16-24 — will give you room to move freely and, thanks to its gorgeous drawstring keyhole design, it'll still look cute if you decide to go for a walk instead.

    Buy from Cotton On Body for $24.99 (available in size 16-24).

    13. This exercise stability ball, which over 3,600 people loved so much, they gave it a five-star review.

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    Designed to improve your core strength and balance, this exercise stability ball is a good alternative to a desk chair, now that we're all stuck at home for the foreseeable future. No need to shop around for a compatible pump — this particular model comes with a complimentary one and an exercise guide if you don't know where to start. It comes in several different sizes to suit your height — and if you're not keen on the black — four other colours.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $29.31+.

    14. This yoga mat, because working in just a few minutes of stretching every morning will do you good.

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    I didn't want to drop a fortune on a yoga mat — the day when we are safely able to re-enter gyms is fast approaching and you can bet I'm just going to use whatever is stocked there, rather than lug my own to class. Unfortunately, it seems everyone had the same idea as me and it was a chore to find just one that didn't break the bank. Fortunately, I found it and I've put it here so you can buy it, too. Thick and soft so that it protects your joints, its low price point makes it a no-brainer buy.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.80.

    15. This set of push-up bars, which help you perfect your form and get the most out of your moves.

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    I have the weakest upper body strength of anyone I know — there is not a jar in my kitchen that I have not held out to my husband to unscrew for me. These here would help me strengthen my muscles and regain some dignity. Featuring padded handles for a comfortable and secure grip, these push-up bars will help improve posture and form, since you have no trainer to spot you.

    Buy them from Amazon Australia for $30.99.

    16. This dual-grip medicine ball, which will ensure you never have to fear about weights falling on your face during reps again.

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    I mean, bless the person who designed this piece of equipment. So many times have I held weight discs in hand and feared for my life as I swung them around me. This dual grip medicine ball (with weighted core) is designed with easy-grip handles, so you can go about your upper body exercises without worrying about losing your handle on it. Choose from weights between 2.7kg to 11.4kg.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $56.79+.

    17. This motivational water bottle, which will remind you to hydrate, not only while working out, but all day long.

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    Dehydration is the enemy of energy, so fix your levels 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. — Reduce Fatigue" and "5 p.m. — Hydrate Skin".

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.19.

    18. Alternatively, this collapsible water bottle, that won't take up unnecessary space when you've finished your daily water intake.

    Cotton On

    Water bottles can so often take up the space that snacks should, if you ask me. Fortunately, the good people at Cotton On have come up with this collapsible water bottle, which can be elongated when you need to stay hydrated and flattened when you need to store it in your bag. Still not enough space? It can be hung on the outside, thanks to a handy carabina hook.

    Buy it from Cotton On for $19.99 (available in eight colours).

    19. This Maternity Seamfree Active Crop, because breastfeeding is tricky enough without having to squeeze in and out of a sports bra whenever bubs is hungry.

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    A cross-back design gives added support, whilst clasps on each shoulder strap allows for easy access when its time to feed your baby. Reviewers advise against use during strenuous exercise activities, but for walks with bubs and everyday wear, it's just the thing for feeding mums.

    Buy it from Cotton On Body for $12.48 (available in sizes XS-XL).

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

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    Now that there's no fitness instructor around to correct your form, 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 weights can be taken out or added to suit your fitness levels. Choose from 4.5kg or 9kg models.

    Buy them from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    21. This ab roller, which will work every inch of the core muscles you didn't know you had.

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    My abs hurt, just looking at this — in the best, fat-burning, muscle-toning way, that is. Featuring a dual wheel design for stability, this brilliant abdominal and core trainer can hold up to 200kgs and is made with anti-slip foam-covered handles. Compact and portable, you can use it just as easily in your living room or in your backyard.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $27.99.

    22. These high-waisted activewear leggings, which solves the problem of where to put your phone during lifting sessions.

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    These high-waisted, full-length leggings (with over 2,300 five-star reviews!) have a hidden pocket sewn into its waistband, allowing you to go hands-free during your squats. Its wide waistband offers tummy support and it is available in 22 colours — so will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.99+.

    23. 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 — 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."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $36.89.

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

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    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 $33.99+.

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

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    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 — making me feel extra strapped in and ready to hit the pavement."

    Natalia Krslovic

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.80+ (available in sizes 10C-30F and in two colours).

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

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    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+.

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

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    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 three from Amazon Australia for $13.98.

    28. This travel come gym bag, which separates your clean clothes from the wet and from your shoes.

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    This bag has a ventilated compartment for shoes and a waterproof one for your used gym towels and clothes. Fitted with an adjustable shoulder strap and two short handles, you can carry it in hand or across your back. Better than stuffing it all in a canvas tote bag like you currently are.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.88.

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

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    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.

    30. 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 — 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."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from The Body Shop for $7.

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

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    This 100% naturally derived powder contains corn starch and tea tree oil — ideal for eliminating sweat and stink. Simply sprinkle on feet and between toes after your post-workout shower.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    You, getting back into your exercise routine.

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