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5 Fitness Items to Splurge On and 5 Not Worth Your Hard-Earned Bucks

5itemstosplurgeonGetting fit can be a pricey endeavor. From having the proper footwear to the right sweat-wicking apparel to the gadgets, gizmos and equipment that promise to help get you to your fittest and healthiest, you can spend a small fortune on working out. But—and this is a big but—you don’t have to! Whether you’re trying to find the gear you need to hit the gym or are looking to outfit a whole workout room at home, here’s what you need to know about splurging and saving on fitness items.

Splurge: 5 Fitness Items Worth Spending More On

For many, money is tight. But when it comes to these items (assuming you’re in the market for them), skimping for a cheaper model might cost you more in the long run.

1. Shoes. If you’ve ever bought a pair of cheap sneakers and tried to run in them, you know a good pair of workout shoes is worth every cent. The proper footwear isn’t just a matter of comfort—it’s a matter of safety! Wearing shoes that don’t correctly support the activity you’re doing can lead to muscular imbalance, decreased performance and even injury or overuse. If you’re just starting out with your fitness routine and aren’t sure what type of kicks to buy, try on a variety of cross trainers (these are designed for multiple activities like walking, boot camp, lifting weights and being on the elliptical). Stick to the name brands and splurge a little on the pair that feels the best on your foot! Get more sneaker-buying tips here.

2. Sports Bras. I know, ladies, sports bras are almost as expensive as your regular bras! But, they’re actually almost more deserving of the price tag because the difference between a cheap sports bra and a quality one is huge. Most department stores now have a sports section for bras, so try on a variety of options and find one that fully supports you and is comfortable (jumping up and down in the dressing room is encouraged!). It’s worth it to pay a little more for a sports bra with adjustable straps, so that it can size down as you do, too! Find the best fitting sports bra with this shopping guide.

Keep reading for other fitness items that are worth splurging on—and five that aren’t! —Jenn

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