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3 exercise must haves you truly don't need

It’s easy to think you have to have all the latest gear. That’s what the marketing bods want us to think. But are these exercise must haves really don't needs?
Expensive trainers and expensive headphones

What experience has taught me: The exercise must haves you really don't need. Ever.

If you’d like to know what things I think you should invest in, have a look at my top 10 exercise essentials.

If, on the other hand, you want to waste your money, get shopping for this lot.

1

Branded sports clothing

Comfortable clothing’s great. Sometimes it is actually essential.  I spend a lot of time cross country skiing in cold temperatures and I’ve learned the hard way to choose stuff made by companies that understand the conditions.

I have also learned the hard way that branded clothing isn’t necessarily on my list of must haves even in harsh weather conditions.  There’s a hypermarket chain around these parts that does perfectly good technical clothing and doesn’t break the bank. If I do use a known brand, it’s a cross country skiing specialist. I plan for these purchases – I do my research and I’ve been known to miles out of my way to check the sales or find an outlet shop.

If you’re going to splash out on the expensive stuff, make sure you’re paying for quality (not looks or names) and for something that makes you feel good. Think about the whole process: will you be able to change straight out of it when you’ve finished exercising, or do you have a walk to the car and a commute home afterwards first? You might be OK putting up with discomfort on a night out so you can wear those killer heels, but is sitting in cold sweat really worth putting fashion before comfort when you’re exercising?

This also applies to branded shoes.  My husband uses a pair of running shoes that cost him £4.  He doesn’t run very often or regularly, but those shoes are perfectly comfortable and supportive for him and for the (very small) amount of running he does do.  He was really, really lucky to find good shoes at that price and they are wearing out at a quicker rate than more expensive ones, but they have got him off the sofa more than once.

Bear in mind that shoe models are updated about once every 6 months and quite often the difference is cosmetic, so discounted models are always worth considering.  

2

The latest sports watch

Being a nerd, I’ve found having something on my wrist that gives me an Excel spreadsheet to pore over after I’ve showered is quite motivating when I don’t feel like going out.  

However, if you’re not a competitive triathlete, something from the cheaper end of the range can give you plenty to think about even if you love your data.  What’s more, since I started out the app stores have filled up with free measurement apps and phones come with GPS as standard. I’ve actually decided to downgrade next time I get a wearable.  

No need to break the bank on kit that’s aimed at professional athletes and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

3

Dedicated home gym equipment

If you find yourself reaching for the phone when the home shopping channel is on, back away! You really don’t need a lot of stuff to exercise with, even if you’re (trying to) exercise indoors.  Steppers, rowing machines and the like can stay in the warehouse where they belong instead of under your bed gathering dust. And don’t get me started on those contraptions that only exercise a single muscle group.

If you’re itching to do this kind of training at home, invest in a set of resistance bands instead.  These won’t break the bank and take up no storage space.

You really, really don’t need this stuff!

So unless you’ve got a major shopping habit that needs feeding (and even then), I suggest you steer clear of this lot, which will just clutter up your closet and gather dust.


Kate

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