By Daisy Shaw
There’s always a new workout to try, new trails to run, new poses to perfect, and all in the same tank and cropped pants. It’s the little add-ons that can inspire you to up your yoga game or become more comfortable in your stride. Here are 10 of the best fitness accessories out there.
I can’t vouch that every runner will want these, but I know Jaclyn and I (both avid runners) do. The bright blue and pink are just as alluring as the cushion to absorb impact and help stabilize feet. Not a runner? Wear them to and from your workout of choice for style points. —D.S.
Nike Air Zoom Structure+ 17 Sneakers, $115
SIGG WATER BOTTLE
Be an environmentalist and a health advocate with this Sigg water bottle. The lightweight aluminum ensure that you avoid B.P.A., and the polka-dot print is just as cute in the office as it is in the gym. —J.C.
Sigg IL water bottle, $25
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I, for one, cannot imagine any workout without music—loud, base-thumping music. Wires, however, are the bane of my fitness existence. Enter Yurbuds: an ingenious wireless-headphone set that connects to your iPod via Bluetooth. —D.S.
Yurbuds Inspired limited-edition wireless headphones, $129.99
If using a gym towel doesn’t appeal to you, grab one of your own from this stack of fresh, fluffy Frette options. The name itself implies luxury, which is sometimes just what you need when powering through an evening class. —J.C.
Frette Superb Bath Towel, $75
Ballet, barre, pilates: they all call for socks with grip. This Lucy pair is a fabulous combination of sock and ballet slipper to stop you from accidentally sliding into a split in your pile, or flying off the megaformer. —D.S.
Lucy Ballet Grip Socks, $14
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These “Walkman” headphones from Sony are a little bit nostalgic, and a whole lot functional. Wire-free and hands-free, they have a built in MP3 player, and change in only three minutes for 60 minutes of play time! —J.C.
Sony “Walkman” Sports MP3 player headphones, $99.99
MANDUKA TRAVEL MAT
Yogis know that downward dog on a mat without grip is like running in shoes without tread: near impossible. Manduka’s mat is super-grippy, lightweight, and made of biodegradable rubber. —D.S.
Manduka eKO SuperLite travel mat, $40
UNDER ARMOR HEADBAND
If you’re a pre-dawn runner like me, reflective gear is essential. These skinny headbands will not only help wake you up with a fun pop of color, but add an extra element of safety to your running look. —J.C.
Under Armor reflective mini headband, $14.99/set of 4
There’s nothing worse than leaving a class supremely sweaty and sticking to the seats of a car, taxi, or subway. A sweater may work for some, but I like the idea of bundling up (probably even more so in a month or two) in this wrap for my ride home. —D.S.
SoulCycle throw, $288
ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY BAG
Gym bags can be uninspiring—this adidas by Stella McCartney is anything but. Subtle in color, it doesn’t scream workout bag and can work just as well as an extra tote for work as it can for hauling your stuff to and from the fitness studio. The zip pouch underneath is designed to stow any sweaty post-workout gym attire.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Iconic Bag, $150