Whether you have already started your fitness journey or are currently in the research phase, we’re sharing some products that will help you stay on track.
1. Water Bottle
It’s true that most of us don’t drink enough water. The recommended daily amount of water varies per person, but the general recommendation from The U.S. National Academies is about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day for women and 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) a day for men.
Experts recommend sipping water consistently throughout the day. Having a water bottle by your side at all times will make it easier to keep track of how much water you’re drinking, and will make you more likely to drink throughout the day.
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Do you remember what you had for lunch last Wednesday? If not, don’t worry. These things are easy to forget. If eating healthier is one of your goals, a great tip is to log your food. Many of us think we are eating healthy when in reality it’s easy to overconsume foods that are tugging us away from our goals.
Whether you want to use a journal to plan your meals in advance, or simply to log what you’re eating throughout the day, this will help keep you accountable. For meal planning tips, be sure to check out our post Become a Meal Planning Expert With These 6 Tips.
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3. Exercise Mat
Exercise is great for physical and mental health. Whatever your preferred form of exercise is, an exercise mat is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for yoga, HIIT, pilates, floorwork, and more. A mat gives you a designated spot to complete your exercise routine, which will help you keep the momentum going. For other pieces of fitness equipment to amp up your exercise regimen, read Basic Fitness Equipment for At-Home Workouts.
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4. Meal Prep Containers
Want to get into the habit of meal prepping? Having premade, home-cooked meals will not only help you eat healthier but also save you money. You’ll need to stock up on food containers of different sizes to portion out your meals, salad dressings, sauces, etc. If you’re new to meal prep, we recommend Meal Prep 101 – Tips & Tricks on Getting Started.
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5. Kitchen Scale
The key to achieving a healthy diet is to eat all types of food in moderation, and controlling your portions is an effective way to avoid overeating. For those who want precise measurements of their food, a kitchen scale can be a handy tool. Check the serving size on a food’s nutrition label, and make a conscious decision about the number of servings you’re going to eat, using the scale to weigh your portions.
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6. Measuring Cups and Spoons
For a quick and easy way to control your food portions, measuring cups and spoons are essential. Not all kitchen utensils are made alike, so one kitchen spoon is not the same as one measuring tablespoon. To keep an accurate log of what you’re eating, if this is part of your strategy, make sure you’re using measuring cups and spoons.
One of the great joys of embarking on a health journey is getting creative in the kitchen. If you’re planning on eating more homemade meals, you should have a blender. Take your home-cooked meals to a new level by preparing your own smoothies, soups, and sauces. You’ll have full control over what ingredients you’re putting into your body and will save money along the way.
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8. Shaker Cup
Falling in love with protein and nutrition shakes? If you don’t want to make your blender dirty for a simple shake, but also don’t want clumps of powder in every sip, we recommend a shaker cup. A shaker cup helps you blend your protein powder with your liquid of choice. It brings a lid and a ball-shaped whisk to help you effortlessly shake up your boost of nutrition.
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We hope that these handy and inexpensive tools will help you reach your health and fitness goals. If you have any other recommendations on helpful tools or tips, share them in the comments below!