6 Best Workout & Fitness Accessories
Small accessories can make a big difference in your workout. When a helpful bag or hat lets you enjoy your workout longer, it’s a great thing!
Here are a few accessories to add to your fitness wardrobe that I think you’ll find value in.
It’s time to level up your workouts!
Let me be clear: you don’t need a bunch of fancy gadgets of name-brand activewear to lead a healthy lifestyle. But if investing in some accessories makes exercise more accessible, more effective, or more fun, I say that might be worth the cost!
I hope something on this list inspires you to make your fitness journey more enjoyable!
QiShang Workout Sweatbands
- Non-slip grip
- Breathable mesh fabric
- Contains some latex
Working out is hard enough without strands of hair slicked to your forehead and beads of sweat dripping from your nose. A good sweatband can help keep those distractions out of your face and your eyes on the prize.
Thirty48 Plantar Fasciitis Compression Socks
- Additional arch support
- Moisture-wicking fabric
- Improves circulation
- No toe coverage
Heavy exercise is hard on the feet, resulting in pain and swelling. Even if your feet fare well, one wrong step can lead to a bad sprain. The Thirty48 compression socks are thin but remarkably supportive, alleviating plantar fasciitis, swelling, heel spur pain, and more. They can even help reduce the risk of injuries due to a rolled ankle.
Ozaiic Yoga Non-Slip Grips & Straps Socks
- Silicone grip
- Padded for comfort
- Breathable combed cotton
- 1 universal size
Speaking of sock options, many sports like Pilates and yoga require the grip of bare feet. But what if your studio has a policy against bare feet, or you’re uncomfortable going shoeless? These pretty and practical socks are designed to give you grip, security, and support for indoor activities.
Running Belt Waist Pack Bag
- Soft fabric prevents chafing
- Adjustable phone pocket
- Fits waists between 27 & 44 inches
Activewear is finally starting to feature more pockets, but sometimes you just need more storage space! This running belt gives you room to carry more with you, including your smartphone. This slim pack is low-profile enough that you can even wear it under some relaxed-fit clothes.
Vibrelli Hydration Pack & Hydration Water Bladder
- Includes safety whistle, reflective safety tab, & light attachment
- Locking high-flow bite valve
- Breathable shoulder straps
- Some users found bladder challenging to remove & reinsert
Hydration is too important to settle for a small water bottle. This hydration pack carries up to 2 liters of liquid and still has enough space to carry your jacket and smaller items like keys and a wallet. Plus, small safety features like a whistle make this pack indispensable for any outdoor adventurer.
Funky Junque Criss Cross Hat
- 100% cotton fabric panels
- Adjustable velcro closure
- Mesh panels for additional airflow
- Some users found color varied on delivery
Sun protection is essential—particularly for your eyes and face. This hat shades you from the sun without messing up your ponytail. The criss-cross back is specially designed to keep your hair out of your face and comfortably up in your hat.
What to Look for when Buying Workout Accessories
There are 2 significant factors to look for when buying workout and fitness accessories: construction and materials.
Digital marketplaces make it far too easy to buy sub-par products accidentally. When purchasing accessories online, learn what you can discover about the construction.
Most quality activewear and wearable accessories employ flatlock seams. This technique ensures seams don’t have any excess fabric brushing against your skin, but instead, seams lay flat with a strong overlock stitch holding the pieces together.
If you’re not sure about the construction quality of a product, always look at the reviews. If the reviews are 4-4.5 stars out 5, it’s probably a genuine product that’s made well enough to stand up to scrutiny.
Non-Toxic & Comfortable Materials
There are a few materials you should generally avoid, like BPAs, phthalates, and latex. At best, these substances can irritate your system. At worst, they can be toxic to you or the environment. Most products will clearly say if they are BPA, phthalate, and latex-free on the packaging or the product listing.
If you don’t see it listed anywhere, either move on or contact the manufacturer for details.
In terms of textiles, your wearable accessories should be lightweight, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking. Generally, that’s going to mean primarily synthetic fibers. While natural fibers like cotton breathe well, they also absorb sweat and bacteria. Sticking to synthetic fibers is generally the safer bet for exercise accessories.