5 Gym Essentials For 2016

January 13, 2016 6:00 AM

It’s a new year and that means more people are hitting the gym. Here are five things to add to your workout that will leave you not only feeling good but looking good, too. By Carly Petrone.

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(credit: Instagram/fabletics)

(credit: Instagram/fabletics)

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Looking for some new gym gear but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for it? Try Fabletics, the new subscription service by actress and fitness enthusiast Kate Hudson. Sign up online, fill out a quick lifestyle quiz and let Fabletics suggest looks just for you. Browse your personalized picks every month and get ready to take on that spin class, yoga retreat, or long run that you’ve been wanting to master. These curated looks are fun, functional, and best of all, affordable. VIP members can even buy an entire outfit for just $49.95. Choose from camo capris for light workouts to waterproof hoodies to keep you active when rain or snow is in the forecast. You can also shop for foundation essentials like sports bras, socks, underwear, and hair ties. If you like to switch up your look for the gym (and beyond) this is the service for you.

Infuser Water Bottles

(credit: Facebook/DefineBottle)

(credit: Facebook/DefineBottle)

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All hail the infuser water bottle! Now you don’t have to wait for that spa day to come around to enjoy fresh fruit-infused water. With brands like bobble, Define, and Chilaqua out there, now you can get excited about drinking more water (and ultimately lose more weight). Add in your favorite fruits like lemons, strawberries, or blueberries but don’t forget about those little extras like mint leaves or even your morning bag of tea. These bottles are inexpensive – prices range from as low as $9.99 up to $39.95 – and they’re designed to be reused throughout the day. Less waste. More flavor. Who can resist that? If you need some inspiration for recipes, click here.

(credit: treStiQue)

(credit: treStiQue)

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Make sure to throw your favorite treStiQue products into your gym bag because they’ll save you time getting ready after your workout. Co-founders Jennifer Kapahi and Jack Bensason have created an awesome new beauty line that caters to the gal on the go with light, crease-free formulas and built-in tools that are multi-functional so you can “put your face on” within minutes. These 2-in-1 products are portable and lightweight (their Essential 8 Set weighs only .5 lbs!), so you don’t have to lug your entire makeup collection to the gym. Sweet! Our favorites include the Blush Stick, Mini Trios (perfect for traveling), and Tinted Face Stick. Their pencil collection is also versatile — users can simply twist on and off to switch or refresh their tool at any time. Talk about inventive! Learn more here.

(credit: Graze)

(credit: Graze)

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Is snacking the death of your diet? Don’t worry because Graze, the snack subscription service that delivers nutritious and delicious snack boxes straight to your door, has arrived. The best thing to eat after an intense workout is protein. Thankfully, Graze makes a protein box filled with eight, individually packaged protein-packed snacks ranging from items like Super Kale & Edamame to Zesty Chili Lime Cashews. Each box is catered to your taste and dietary preferences so your snack options will never get dull or boring. All you have to do is sign up online, choose your snacks, and choose your delivery frequency (every week or every two weeks). Choose from a four snack variety box ($6.99), eight snack variety box ($11.99), or a sharing box ($25). Watching your calorie or carb intake this new year? Try their special wholesome nutrition boxes like the Calorie Count Box (all snacks are under 150 calories) or the Carb Count Box (tasty, low-carb options). There’s even a snack option for those with a sweet tooth – did someone say Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookies? Yum. Get on board and start snacking happily. Learn more here.

The Flex, an "electronic coach" device by Fitbit (Credit: Getty Images)

The Flex, an “electronic coach” device by Fitbit (Credit: Getty Images)

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Get to understand how your body works and how your workout affects it with the help of Fitbit. This innovative and wireless device not only tracks your time at the gym but it makes note of the number of steps you take per day, your quality of sleep, and other personal metrics. You can easily sync it to your computer or phone so you can chart your progress and achieve your goals. Fitbit even makes it fun by sending notifications and celebrating milestones with achievement badges. Plus, you can encourage friends and family to get on board with group challenges, cheers, and taunts. Choose from everyday products like the Fitbit Zip, Flex, or Charge all the way up to performance products like the Surge Fitness Super Watch. It’s a new year so get out there and make the best of it! Learn more about Fitbit here.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.