Workout Accessories That Motivate Me

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This post on workout accessories has been inspired by a product provided for review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

I try to workout regularly. Some days I am seriously lacking in motivation.  I look at my athletic shoes. I look at my exercise bike. That’s about as far as it goes. I know I need to workout and I have great intentions for some reason an excuse always comes up.  I have been looking for workout accessories that motivate me to become more active. The more motivated I am to work out, the more likely I am to actually get up and do it on a regular basis.

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Workout Accessories That Motivate Me

  • Workout Apps – I am addicted to my iPhone. I love workout and fitness apps.  Every time I grab my iPhone to play Candy Crush, I see the My Fitness Pal app sitting there staring at me. OK, it’s not staring at me but some days it feels that way.
  • Great Music – I need music that is loud, energetic and bouncy when I exercise. The more bounce, the better.  I absolutely cannot exercise to slow music. It makes me want to sleep.
  • Stylish Workout Clothes – If I am going to workout, I am at least going to look good (or pretty good) while I do it.  At least I’ll start out looking pretty good, after walking two miles uphill both ways, I won’t end up that way.
  • Good Athletic Shoes – I want support, comfort and style all in one shoe. If my feet ache or my plantars fasciitis is acting up, I’m not going to exercise that day. Plus, I’m convinced that new shoes make you run faster.
  • A Good Scale – There is nothing that motivates me more than stepping on my scale and seeing the number go up.  I’m out the door in a heartbeat.

Since my workout apps and my music both come from my iPhone, it’s no surprise that my iPhone comes along with me when I workout.  It’s honestly a bit of a pain some days because I like to workout hands free. I don’t want to have to carry my iPhone and it doesn’t fit comfortably in my pocket and it’s too far for my headphones to reach that way. I’ve discovered a really cool solution.  The Armpocket is The Ultimate Armband. Basically, the Armpocket is an armband that holds your smart phone, ID, cash, credit cards, keys, energy gels, etc.

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The Armpocket is made from water resistant recycled plastic (PET) fabric and offers a barrier against water, sweat, dust and dirt which protects my iPhone. there is a Touch-Thru window that lets me access the touch screen even when it’s in the Armpocket.  Other “stuff” is zippered safely in the three interior pockets of the Armpocket.  There are low profile audio ports that let me connect my headphones. It has memory foam padding that contours to my arm and the soft, bamboo-rayon mesh wicks away moisture and it’s water resistant.

The Armpocket is available in a variety of different sizes, styles and colors depending on your size, your type of smartphone and the amount of extra storage you want.  I received the i-10 which is a low profile, aerodynamic armband that fits the iPhone 5 and most popular smartphones and their thin cases.  It’s available in both medium and small strap sizes and comes in eight different colors.  Also available is the i-25 (more storage) and the i-30 (for larger smartphones).

I’m definitely in love with the Armpocket. It’s eco-friendly which is a huge plus for me and it’s also super comfortable.  It’s extremely well made and has the added benefit that it can be machine washed.  Anything that you wear while working out really needs to be able to be cleaned easily for me. The Armpocket is definitely making it easier for me to stay motivated. As a note, you will probably have to remove your iPhone from its case to put it in the Armpocket unless you go with the i-30 which has more room.  The size medium was a perfect fit for me.

This post on workout accessories has been inspired by a product provided for review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine and mine alone.


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  1. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
    I'm gonna have to ask my daughter if this is what she uses when she runs. I know she uses something but I can't remember what. This seems like a really good option.And you're right...two miles of running and style no longer matters. lol
  2. Thanks a lot, I am supposed to be headed to the gym right now, but here I am typing away! thanks! Mitch
  3. That arm pocket looks awesome! I loathe running, but I can make it bearable if I listen to some tunes while I do it. I also never know where to put my ID and keys while I run, so this would be a great option. Thanks for sharing!
  4. As soon as I have this baby, I'm looking forward to getting back to my more active lifestyle. Having some new and fun gear definitely helps motivate me!
  5. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom says
    I totally agree with everything on your list!  Workout apps and music are definite musts - I'm most competitive against myself!
  6. My sister actually signed up for a gym membership yesterday and that somehow motivated me to work out even though I don't go to the gym with her haha. I love the My Fitness Pal app and I also have an app I use to track my water intake because I easily forget that. I like making "work out" playlists on my phone so I can listen to my favorite songs while I exercise. I love the arm pocket you have, it's so convenient! I'm going to look into buying one soon.
  7. I totally agree... great music is necessary for me to exercise... must have it. Unable to workout with silence. I also like to take a buddy with me when I workout.

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