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Whether you make a formal resolution or not, the new year is a time for change. And for many, that means a change in lifestyle and fitness.
Starting a new workout routine or finding ways to exercise more often can feel difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting new workout gear or finding an exercise class you love can help motivate you to move. For fitness inspiration in the new year, check out these health and wellness products.
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A fitness tracker to help you set and reach goals
When your resolution is to move more, it helps to have a way to track your activity levels and celebrate your gains. A great way to keep tabs on your workouts and monitor your progress is with our favorite fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 5. In addition to the expected step counting and reminders to move, the Charge 5 makes it easy to record workouts right from your wrist using built-in GPS for outdoor activities as well as to view stats like heart rate or calories burned while exercising.
To successfully up your step count or time spent exercising, start by gauging your current activity levels. Wear a tracker for a week without changing any habits and see what your average is. Once you have your starting point, you can aim to increase your steps or workouts by 10% each week as an achievable goal.
A workout app to help you find exercise you love
If you’re not sure how to start exercising regularly or are struggling to find fun workouts, try downloading a workout app that gives you access to a variety of sessions so you can find some new favorites.
For starters, check out Nike Training Club, our favorite of the slew we tested. This free workout app offers various exercise styles such as strength training, yoga and HIIT, and we found the instruction to be challenging, fun and motivational. For those who find it hard to stick with taking virtual workout classes at random, NTC may be able to help. The app customizes your experience with a short quiz about what types of workouts you enjoy and recommends multi-week programs to help you stay consistent with your goals.
If a yoga flow is more your speed and you want to elevate your home practice, Alo Moves is our favorite yoga app. Like NTC, it gives you a quick quiz to get to know your exercise habits to recommend classes accordingly. With Alo Moves, you’ll get access to yoga, pilates, barre workouts and more, including meditation and breathwork sessions. Its instructors provide great guidance to help you improve your yoga form.