If you’re thinking of starting an exercise programme this year, one of the first tasks is to get your ‘fit kit’ together.  The good news is that you don’t need a big budget.    Just a few inexpensive, well-chosen items are will make your work-out more comfortable and enjoyable.


Whether you’re exercising indoors or outdoors and whatever exercise you’re undertaking, the single most important factor is to be able to move and breathe freely. So, avoid flapping or baggy items if they could catch or get tangled. And try ‘technical’ (non-cotton) fabrics for particularly vigorous activities, to help you stay dry and to prevent chafing.

The main items you will need are as follows:


Tops – simple t-shirts will do for most activities


Legs – fitted or baggy shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, according to body confidence levels and whatever is most suitable for the exercise environment.


Sports bra – ladies, these are vital for exercise.  The dreaded ‘bounce’ is very uncomfortable and will stretch supportive ligaments, which can cause sagging.


Shoes – getting the right footwear for your activity is key. A good  sports shop will advise on the appropriate level and type of support.

That’s all it takes to get started – enjoy  your exercising this year!

This is the sixth of Jenny’s fitness columns for The Edinburgh Reporter. We hope it helps you to achieve your fitness goals!

You can contact EnergyWise by email or you will find them here:-

EnergyWise Health & Fitness

Holyrood Business Park

146 Duddingston Road West

Edinburgh EH16 4AP

Tel: 07775 621465