Loose earphones, slippery yoga mats? Your top gym pet peeves solved
By Brittany Anas
You’re hitting a stride in your workout when your left earbud drops out, dangling at your side slowing down your running time. Or, your goggles fog up when your midway through your set of laps. Maybe, your hair tie snaps and you’ve got 40 minutes remaining in that hot yoga class with a mop of hair covering your face and you don’t want to interrupt anybody’s zen to ask if they have a spare.
We can’t under-estimate the accessories we pack in our gym bags. They are the supporting cast members that help us power through our workouts.When they are at their best, so too are we.
Here are some of the best workout gadgets and accessories on the market — so that you don’t slip around on your yoga mat like it’s a game of Twister, spend the better half of your workout adjusting your headphones or worrying about your iPhone battery draining midway through your “Ludacris” station on Pandora. (Hey, we know hip hop makes you run faster).
- Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats, $149.99. Fitness studies have shown that listening to music — especially songs with a fast-pace — can help keep you motivated and keep your pace up. But fiddling with ear buds while trying to hit your perfect stride can be a huge pet peeve. We love these headphones because they come with bendable ear hooks to keep the buds in place your entire workout. They’re also sweat resistant. A built-in microphone with remote allows you to easily make hands-free phone calls, skip songs and adjust the volume without fiddling with your music player or phone. (Get 2.5 percent Cash Back on your Best Buy purchases with ShopAtHome.com).
- Gaiam sol thin grip yoga mat, $39.98. Find yourself having a hard time perfecting yoga poses because you’re slip-sliding all over your mat. Buy a mat specially made for hot yoga classes — even if you don’t do hot yoga. The high-tack textured surface provides excellent traction on these mats. The natural rubber will keep you from slipping.
- Anti-fog goggles, $35. Meet our new favorite swim goggles: the Polarized Special Ops Goggles by Tyr Sport. An embedded anti-fog treatment retains clarity without the need for anti-fog sprays. Also, the polarized lenses make them great for outdoor swimming too.
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