10 Things That Make Working Out More Fun and Less Stressful

Having fun while working out
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Multiple studies conducted over the years have come to a similar conclusion: If you have fun while exercising, you are more likely to actually do it. Therefore, it is in your best interest to find ways to make your workouts and healthy habits more fun and less stressful, which you can achieve in a variety of ways. One of them? Investing in yourself. “The key is making your fitness routine intentional and splurging on accessories that enhance the experience,” Felicia Shields, COO of Fitnessmith suggests.

Since we are all motivated in different ways, there are a variety of things you can do to positively transform your health and wellness approach-whether in the form of superior sounding speakers or Bluetooth headphones, a fitness tracker to take the guesswork out of your exercise goals, anything that will help up your healthy eating ante or adding a little kid-like fun to your fitness routine.

Here are some fun exercise gadgets and home workout ideas that will help you boost your strength, stay motivated, reach your fitness goals and make you eager to get in your cardio -- all while having a good time doing it.

The Best Smartwatch for Home Workouts

The Best Smartwatch for Home Workouts

Dan Bowen, personal trainer and owner of Hit Fitness, maintains that an activity tracker—like a watch or an app on your phone—will make reaching your workout goals less stressful. The latest Apple Watch keeps track of your movement, steps and calories burned, works as a heart rate monitor with an ECG app, and enables you to listen to your music and take phone calls without having to lug your iPhone around.
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cell)
$500 $450 AT AMAZON

A Zen-Inspiring Yoga Set

A Zen-Inspiring Yoga Set

Shields is a big fan of restorative movement and recovery right now, and more specifically, self care. This all-inclusive yoga kit from Lululemon has everything you need to embark on a zen workout adventure.
The Yoga Kit
$108 AT LULULEMON

A Fitness-Inspiring Nintendo Game

A Fitness-Inspiring Nintendo Game

Have you ever wished that working out could be as enjoyable as playing a video game? It can, with Ring Fit Adventure available on Nintendo Switch. Whether you want to go on a good workout adventure and battle dragons or just want to get a simple workout in, everything needed for a calorie blasting sweat session is in the box, including the Ring-Con and Leg Strap.
Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure
$70 AT AMAZON

A Smart Water Bottle That Glows

A Smart Water Bottle That Glows

Not sure how much water to drink? Consider this super smart water bottle and app your personal trainer for hydration. It calculates your personal daily water intake needs, keeps track of your water consumption and reminds you to keep chugging away. Plus, it glows!
Hidrate Smart Water Bottle
$60 AT AMAZON

The Best Speaker for Outdoor Workouts

The Best Speaker for Outdoor Workouts

It is scientifically proven that music can make exercise "easier and more beneficial." This powerful-sounding, weather- and drop-proof speaker from Sonos is the perfect workout companion, as you can easily move it between your indoor and outdoor workout spaces. Plus, Alexa and Google Assistant are built in.
Sonos Move
$400 AT BEST BUY

A Creative Cardio Workout

A Creative Cardio Workout

Jumping on a trampoline is always fun, no matter your age. This collapsible trampoline will liven up your cardio routine, and put a little bounce in your home workout!
Stamina 36-Inch Folding Trampoline
$70 $48 AT AMAZON

A Portable Blender for Smoothies Anytime

A Portable Blender for Smoothies Anytime

Make your favorite green smoothies and Acai bowls on the go-even in your car-with the help of PopBabies Personal Blender, which charges via an included USB cord.
PopBabies Portable Blender
$37 $35 AT AMAZON

An Adjustable Cell Phone Stand

An Adjustable Cell Phone Stand

Streaming a home workout can be tricky on your smartphone, especially when it comes to propping it up. Never again will you have to ponder where you should put your cell phone during your workout with this clever contraption, recommended by Onyx trainer and Head of Fitness and Programming Katy Neville. “I love a stand that supports portrait and landscape mode for various workout styles,” she says.
Adjustable Cell Phone Stand
$18 $16 AT AMAZON

A Foolproof Yoga Mat

A Foolproof Yoga Mat

If you have trouble staying in alignment while executing yoga moves, this yoga mat with alignment lines -- the next best thing to having a yoga instructor there with you. "It's fun for me to challenge myself to be more balanced in the body," says Neville. "This mat helps me compete with myself to stay in alignment while working out."
Ewedoos Eco Friendly Yoga Mat
$50 $29 AT AMAZON

Delicious Peanut Butter Powder for Extra Protein

Delicious Peanut Butter Powder for Extra Protein

Carrying around a jar of peanut butter can be messy, but you can still reap the delicious benefits of plant-based, lean protein in powder form with Naked PB, a perfect addition to your smoothie or baked goods for a pre-workout boost.
Naked PB Powdered Peanut Butter, 2lb
$19 AT AMAZON