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21 Best Running Accessories of 2021

So you’ve just started running as a hobby and have decided to get more serious and kit yourself out with some of the best running accessories you can find, or maybe you’re a running pro and just want to treat yourself with something new.

Either way, you should definitely take a look at OriGym’s top 21 running accessories to see what you’re missing out on!

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GPS Watch

Whether you’re running through the vast green countryside or a busy city, a GPS watch is one of those running accessories that will quickly become your favourite tool. They can provide you with real time statistics that measure your heart rate, distance, calories burned, time, and pace, all vital information if you want to beat those PBs!

#1 - Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch 

Price: £149.00

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The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is one of the best Garmin running accessories we found as it has a huge amount of amazing features built in that you never realised you’d need for a great run. It has:

  • Heart rate monitor
  • All day stress monitor
  • Relaxation-based breathing timer
  • Sports apps (including running, swimming, yoga, and more)
  • Garmin Pay
  • Activity timer
  • Smart notifications

The battery life can last up to 7 days and the watch itself is highly durable and waterproof. This GPS smartwatch can connect to both Apple and Android devices via bluetooth and the Garmin app is available to download to enhance your user experience. Definitely one of the best running accessories for iPhone and android devices!

Hydration Backpack or Vest

Keeping hydrated is one of the most important aspects of running that all participants need to remember, but admittedly running around with a heavy handheld water bottle doesn’t sound like fun. The solution to this comes in the form of a Hydration Backpack, or a Hydration Vest. These provide a hands-free and easy way to keep your water intake at a safe level.

#2 - UTOBEST Lightweight Hydration Pack 

Price: £23.90 (in red)

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The UTOBEST Hydration Pack, is an ultra-lightweight, durable backpack with a rear compartment that can hold up to 1.5 litres of water and has 2 water bottle pockets on the front, making it one of the best running accessories for water bottle holders and hydration out there. 

This hydration vest doesn’t stop at great hydration, as there are 6 multi-functional pockets including a snack pocket and a phone pocket. It’s made out of breathable high density mesh meaning you shouldn’t overheat and the durability means this high functioning backpack should remain one of your top running accessories for a long time!

Foam Rollers

Although running has a huge list of benefits, it can also cause muscle discomfort and joint stiffness after long periods of running. Recommended as one of the more useful running accessories for women and men by personal trainers and sports massage therapists, foam rollers are designed to massage deep tissue, provide relief from aches and pains, and aid in muscle recovery. If you happen to be interested in learning more about this topic, check out our Sports Massage Therapy Diploma here

 

#3 - Supportiback Foam Roller

Price: £15.97

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One of the best foam rolling accessories for running is definitely the Supportiback Foam Roller: with a multi-dimensional grid texture, reinforced hollow core, durable EVA foam, and lightweight design this foam roller is best equipped to unknot those muscles, increase circulation, and remove lactic acid buildup. It's compact enough to take with you to the gym, to the office, even on holiday, but still big enough to work the larger muscle groups as well.

Resistance Bands

Whilst resistance bands may not be the first product to come to mind when you think of the best running accessories, they have a lot of benefits that will undoubtedly improve your running performance in the long term. Using resistance bands regularly will help to strengthen your glutes, core, and back whilst also helping to protect your joints. 

#4 - Gritin Resistance Bands

Price: £8.99

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Gritin Resistance Bands are a great brand that provide cheap running accessories on Amazon with great features: 

  • 5 different resistance levels
  • High quality material that is recyclable and durable
  • Portable set with carrying case
  • Suitable for men and women

These brightly coloured, reliable bands will make warming up or cooling down a joy with all the added benefits included. If you’re into other types of exercise as well then these bands are one of the more suitable and adaptable sports running accessories out there.

If you're interested in learning more about the different types of bands out there, OriGym do have an article on the 13 best resistance bands that you can take a look through. You may prefer pull-up bands or those with handles, for example! 

Wireless Earphones 

If running or working out without music sounds like a hellish nightmare to you then you’re probably not the only one! That’s why any list of the best running accessories for men and women should feature the best earphones, right? However, if you’re a little dubious as to the pros and cons of working out with music then check out OriGym’s post about running with music here and find out all the info for yourself. 

Wireless earphones are a much better option compared to traditional wired earphones for obvious reasons. The lack of wire allows more freedom of movement - a factor that is especially crucial when running. We’ve picked 2 products here, a high end pair of earphones and also a cheaper option.

#5 - Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones 

Price: £219.00

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The Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones are the best wireless earphones on the market at the minute and make great running accessories. This is some seriously high-tech kit that will definitely get you running that little bit faster, and is one of the best iPhone accessories for running. These features are exceptional:

  • Sweat and water resistant
  • Adjustable, secure-fit ear hook design
  • Dual audio controls
  • Voice capability
  • Compatible with IOS and Android devices
  • Up to 9 hours listening time
  • Apple H1 headphone chip - means better connectivity and extended bluetooth range
  • Fast fuel - a 5 minute charge gives 1.5 hours of playback

Is there anything else you could want in workout earphones? How about a range of colours? These come in black, cloud pink, glacier blue, ivory, lava red, moss, spring yellow, and navy. Incredible sound and a colour for everyone makes these some of the best phone running accessories for men and women. 

#6 - Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earphones 

Price: £49.99

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Looking to get great earphones for your run but don’t want to pay extortionate prices? Take a look at the Anker Soundcore wireless earphones, an iPhone running accessory with great quality but a lot less money. These small but mighty earphones boast 43% increased bass due to their incredible BassUp technology, GripFit technology to ensure a snug fit to your ears and little chance of them dropping out, and SweatGuard technology which ensures the buds are completely sweat-proof and rainproof. 

If this abundance in extraordinary technology hasn’t grabbed you, then the expert noise cancellation, unbreakable connectivity, 4 colour range should. Available in black, blue, red, and white, these earphones pack a musical punch making them a great option for discount running accessories for android phones and for iPhones.

Bluetooth Item Finder

Know a passionate runner that’s constantly losing their keys or phone on their runs? We’ve all experienced the annoyance of tiny pockets on workout gear that allow your possessions to drop out, a problem that is only exacerbated by the up and down motion of running. That’s where a bluetooth finding device can mean the difference between losing your phone or keys forever, or locating them with the push of a button! Definitely one of the more thoughtful running accessories gifts on the market.

#7 - Tile Mate (2020)

Price: £48.29

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The Tile Mate is one of the best bluetooth item finders that you attach to your personal items and use the Tile app to locate those items. This small but powerful keyring measures 3.5cm by 3.5cm and easily attaches to keys or running backpacks. The battery lasts up to 1 year and can be replaced, and the range reaches up to 200ft of distance. The Tile app is easy to use and with just a push of a button the tile emits a loud ringing sound, or if you’ve lost your phone then pressing the button on the Tile will cause your phone to ring, meaning you’ll easily be able to find it again.

Tile also supplies more advanced features which requires a monthly subscription, but this is optional. There are a range of Tile bluetooth finder products including:

  • Tile Mate 
  • Tile Pro - 400ft range and louder ring
  • Tile Slim - credit card shape, 200ft range, 3 year battery
  • Tile Sticker - adhesive, 150ft range, 3 year battery

This impressive technology will ease any anxieties you have about losing your stuff on runs, so in terms of cool running accessories this is certainly one of the top products on the market. 

Energy Gels

For those of you looking for marathon running accessories or trail running accessories for men and women, energy gels are a definite essential. These are designed to replenish carbohydrate levels from extensive running workouts in an easily consumable, easily digestible format. Their compact packaging means they’ll fit into the smallest of pockets. 

#8 - HIGH5 Energy Gel Quick Release Energy 

Price: £11.75

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HIGH5 Energy Gels are some of the top energy gels on the market at an affordable price and with a great variety of flavours: 

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Berry
  • Citrus
  • Mixed
  • Orange
  • Orange Caffeine
  • Raspberry Caffeine

Each box comes with 20 sachets and each sachet delivers 23g of carbohydrate in an artificial sweetener-free formula, with a light and smooth consistency. These gels are also vegan friendly. With over 1000 reviews and an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 these HIGH5 gels are one of the best accessories for running, cycling, and other long distance workouts.  

Sunglasses 

Sunglasses are an obvious essential when it comes to outdoor running, so we’ve listed one of the best, but if this accessory doesn’t grab your attention then OriGym have a whole other list of the best running sunglasses that you can check out to find the right pair for you! 

UV rays from the sun can cause a lot of damage to your skin and your eyes: this UV damage is cumulative which means protecting your eyes with sunglasses as much as possible will help slow this down.

#9 - ZILLERATE Polarised Sports Sunglasses 

Price: £22.99

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The Zillerate Polarised Sports Sunglasses made it to this list for a number of reasons: suitable as running accessories for women and men, great for a range of sports and workouts, affordable but durable, with UV400 lenses that block all UVA and UVB light, built with polycarbonate frames that are lightweight and impact resistant. 

The sunglasses also come with a hard shell case and clip, retainer cord, and microfiber cloth to ensure your efficient sunglasses stay in top condition. The design is simple and sleek, one of the few running accessories for women and men that will easily match with any workout gear.  

Cap 

As far as running accessories go, a cap is one of most simple but also most effective. Wearing one whilst running helps keep your head cool in the summer, but also provides an extra layer of warmth in the winter. The materials are often light and help dry sweat quickly, whilst also providing a visor to keep the sun out of your eyes.

#10 - Nike Unisex Metal Swoosh H86 Cap

Price: £9.48

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As far as Nike running accessories for men and women go, there are hundreds to choose from that are all great quality and on trend. We’ve chosen the Nike H86 cap to feature on this list due to its slick, functional 6 panel design and comfortable style. Running is an uncomplicated, stress-relieving exercise and we believe that your Nike running accessories should be as well.

This superior cap comes in a range of colours:

  • Black
  • Gym red
  • Obsidian
  • Signal blue
  • White
  • Dark grey

The fastening is also high quality and easily adjustable, and features embroidered eyelets for a breathable fit. 

Easily adjustable, comfortable and attractive, this Nike cap is one of the most worthwhile accessories on our list. OriGym also have a full list dedicated to the best running caps if this one hasn't grabbed your attention!

Visibility Running Accessories

So running itself has a huge list of benefits, but did you know that there’s also benefits to running at night? If you often feel tired after running then doing this at nighttime will help improve your sleep. For more details and safety tips check out OriGym’s informative guide on running at night. One crucial factor for running at night (and also during the day!) is being visible, whether that's with reflective running accessories or light-up running accessories. We’ve found 2 different products that will both have you lighting up the night!

#11 - Illumiseen USB Rechargeable LED Reflective Belt

Price: £17.99

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The Illumiseen LED Reflective Belt is one of the best high visibility running accessories. This belt gives 360° visibility that’s both reflective and illuminating from the LEDs in a lightweight and durable design. 

The lights are interchangeable from ‘flash’ to ‘glow’, the belt is easily rechargeable and comes with a micro USB charging cable. It provides up to 20 hours of LED illumination, and the straps are elastic and easily adjustable. 

As far as visible and reflective running accessories go, this one really shines, and if these features haven’t quite convinced you then perhaps the option of different colours might: the Illumiseen is available in green, blue, and red. 

One of the best simple yet highly effective night running accessories that every keen runner needs in their running kit. 

#12 - SAFETY SKIN Reflective Skin Spread

Price: £14.00

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For night running accessories that won’t weigh you down or make your run uncomfortable, take a look at the Safety Skin Reflective Skin Spread. This one of the more productive and cheap running accessories for men and women that increases your roadside safety in a simple yet efficient way. 

The Safety Skin Reflective Skin Spread is formulated with safe ingredients and a hypoallergenic wax base which still allows your skin to sweat and perspire naturally. The natural ingredients include skin-conditioning agents, antimicrobial binders, viscosity increasing agents, and reflectant, which are all safe for your skin. The brightness of the spread is designed to match the level of reflectivity on normal high visibility clothing.

This is one of the easiest high visibility running accessories to use: just swipe it on your arms or legs until the grey colour can be seen on your skin. That’s it. Easy and quick reflective stripes that you can make as thick or as fancy as you like! It’s sweat-proof and rainproof so there shouldn’t be any need to reapply throughout your run, but it does come off in the shower with a good dose of soap. 

Running Shoe Accessories

One of the most common injuries sustained from regular running is tears and inflammation of the ligaments that extend from your heel to your toes, often felt as an ache along the bottom of the foot: Plantar Fasciitis. Attempting to just continue running through the pain can actually inhibit healing, meaning that this can be a long term and nagging issue. One way to combat foot problems can be to improve your core strength (using the resistance bands mentioned above will help!), wearing compression socks or tights, or wearing insoles within your shoes. 

#13 - FIT NATION Plantar Fasciitis Running Socks

Price: £9.95 

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Try Fit Nation’s Plantar Fasciitis Running Socks: with over 3000 reviews with an average of 4.3 out of 5 these socks will ease those aches in no time.

These socks are professionally designed with 7 pressure zones to reduce inflammation, support your ankle, and increase blood flow. Made from professionally woven nylon and spandex, the quality is durable and reliable. With Fit Nation you receive 2 pairs of high quality support socks and they also offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you find that they don’t ease your Plantar Fasciitis. Many reviews have also praised their exceptional customer service and after sales care. 

If running has become more of a pain than a joy for you recently give these running shoe accessories a try and regain your confidence in running.  

#14 - PRO 11 WELLBEING Orthotic Insoles 

Price: £7.75

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Another one the most impressive running shoe accessories that are also a great price are the Pro 11 Wellbeing Insoles which provide a range of advantages to the health of your feet. 

However, these insoles have great benefits: they are designed to contour around the shape of the foot which removes any excess stress. They help to absorb the pressure that would ordinarily be placed on the feet, they have arch supports, metatarsal and heel cushioning, and are full length insoles which you can trim to the size of your shoe. This brand of insole are also recommended and used by the NHS, so clearly they have proven health properties! 

Orthotic insoles specifically have specific benefits:

  • Realigns the feet and ankles
  • Raises and supports arches
  • Redistributes weight more evenly
  • Relieves pressure on sensitive areas of the foot
  • Improves balance 

However, be sure to consult your doctor if you already have diagnosed feet problems as orthotic insoles are not suitable for all foot concerns. 

Another example of great running shoe accessories that won’t break your bank and is bound to put that spring back in your step.

Running Belt

Phone, keys, wallet, water bottle, snack, sunglasses, ipod... the list of stuff you might need to take with you on your run could go on and on. But how can you carry all this stuff while trying to run? OriGym has the answer: running belts. Belts are a more comfortable way to carry your items than a backpack as they are much less cumbersome and won’t increase your sweating. For a full list of the best running belts on the market have a quick read of our article here. Make sure you check the measurements of the products before you purchase.


#15 - MYCARBON Running Belt 

Price: £10.95

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This belt has it all: a unique water bottle holder, dedicated sunglasses pocket, small compartment suitable for your wallet, phone, and keys, exclusive headphone wire opening, adjustable strap, and reflective strips to increase visibility. The compartment is large enough to fit an Iphone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or a Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the secure zip fastening will ensure your phone stays put even during the most energetic of runs. It has 3 smaller pockets inside which will hold your wallet or money or any other running accessories you might need during your run.

Whilst the strap isn’t elasticated it is adjustable, and the material is good quality, durable, and waterproof. 

This running accessory belt has over 1500 reviews with an average of 4.4 out of 5, with many commenting on its lightweight and comfortable design, how easily accessible everything is, and the impressive details including the pockets and the headphone wire opening that make it one of the better phone and iPod running accessories. 

Running Armband

Running without your phone just isn’t an option for many any more, but most running shorts or pants have such tiny pockets that you may as well just hold your phone in your hand! That doesn’t seem efficient. That’s why many runners find it easier to carry their essential accessories for running in an armband as these are more compact and lightweight. We’ve found some cheap running accessories designed for carrying your phone that will definitely grab your attention, but it you're not a fan of these then check out our full list dedicated to the best running armbands accessories here.

#16 - JETech Cell Phone Armband Case 

Price: £6.77

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The JETech Armband Case is one of the top running accessories for phones due to its universal compatibility: at 6.2inches it can fit some of the larger phones such as the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 8 Plus, and it fits the larger Samsung phones, like the S10 or Note 10. 

The band is fully adjustable and made from sweat-proof material, and the back is cushioned with an anti-slip design. Technological features such as Face ID are still usable through the waterproof TPU screen as well so quick access to your phone is still readily available.

There is also a designated card slot and pocket for your key - you can carry all your essentials in this agile running accessory. Reflective strips also feature around the band which is great for increasing your visibility while you run. For such a simple accessory the JETech Armband case has fantastic additional features that make it one of the better running accessories for phones, and will make your running session a breeze. 

#17 - E-tronic Edge Phone Armband Sleeve

Price: £12.97

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If the design of the previous armband wasn’t quite to your taste then perhaps the Etronic Edge Armband will catch your eye. This armband is designed more like a pouch than a case like the previous one, which gives this accessory a much sleeker design that won’t impede on your workout. 

The material is a stretchy spandex which means any size phone will fit in the pouch, which is great if your phone is bigger than the 6.2 inches that the previous armband holds. The pouch is closed with a strong zip that keeps your phone secure while you run.

If you’re looking for some iPod classic accessories for running, iPod nano accessories for running, or any other kind of music-playing accessory then this armband is the one for you. Not only does it hold any size device it also has a headphone wire opening so you can listen to those 27 best rap workout songs to really get your blood pumping.

The armband comes in a range of sizes and also a variety of colours:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Pink
  • Fluorescent yellow

So there will no doubt be a colour to match your favourite workout outfit, and it would also be one of the more colourful running accessory gifts.

Dog Running Accessories

Want to go for a run but don’t want to leave your best furry friend at home? Taking your dog on regular runs with you is a great way to exercise both you and your pet. Usually that could be a bit of a challenge, with leads and legs flying everywhere, and just as there are risks of injuries and aches with humans there are also potential dangers to your dog. We’ve found some great running accessories for dogs that mean these problems are solved and you can both get back on the trail! 

#18 - LANNEY Hands Free Dog Lead 

Price: £16.99

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The Lanney Hands Free Dog Lead is one of the most functional dog running accessories giving you and your pet the freedom to run comfortably together. 

The lead comes with an adjustable waist belt fitted with strong dual D-rings for attaching either one leash or two, and a hands free pouch for storing your phone and your dog’s favourite snacks. The lead itself is a shock-absorbing bungee design made of durable nylon that extends up to 69” and has 2 handles for quick and easy control of your dog. The leash is strong and features reflective stitching which means night time runs will be safe.

Multi-tasking, hands free running has never been so easy! And if you want to match your running accessories for dogs with your own running outfit then it comes in a number of colours:

  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Teal

With over 1000 reviews and an average of 4.6 out of 5 the Lanney Hands Free Lead is one of the best running dog accessories to get both you and your pet running happily!

#19 - Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax

Price: £16.99 (for 60g)

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So whilst you protect your own feet with running accessories like insoles or compression socks don’t forget to protect their paws with their own running dog accessories like Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax. 

This wax is an essential part of keeping your dog’s paws healthy as not only does it help protect them from snow, heat, sand, and chemicals, but it also soothes dry and cracked pads. Cracked pads are often caused by wear and tear on your dog’s paws which means regular running will exacerbate this, and even if you’re running over regular terrain this wax will be advantageous to keep their paws in the best condition.

Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax is safe for use on the paws, nose, and ears of your pet, is made from 100% natural waxes and has added vitamin E, and if your pet licks it off it is  non-toxic, non GMO, gluten-free and does not contain any nut, flax or soy oils, so no need to worry. Definitely one of the best dog running accessories to keep them in top condition for every run.

Anti Chafe Solution

The repetitive movements and skin-to-skin contact experienced when running can cause painful friction and chafing, which could understandably put you off from running any further. Wet weather and moisture increase the probability of experiencing chafing, and while longer running shorts or full length pants could help, they also increase the likelihood of sweating and loss of comfort. Luckily for you we’ve found a more creative and easy solution!

#20 - Bodyglide Anti Chafe Balm Stick

Price: £22.99

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This is where the Bodyglide Anti Chafe Balm comes in handy: it’s an easy, long lasting, and flexible way of preventing the dreaded chafe. This is great for those looking for cross country running accessories or marathon running accessories for women and men.

Bodyglide’s formula is made from allergen free and plant-derived ingredients, is sweat and moisture resistant, and it won’t clog up your pores. The consistency isn’t wet or greasy and easily washes off with mild soap. The balm works by forming an invisible barrier that stops skin-to-skin rubbing, meaning you can swipe it on and set off with no worries about mid run chafing.

This is a lifesaving product for anyone running long distances that will prevent painful chafing and blisters, and with over 500 reviews with an average 4.5 out 5 rating this is definitely one of the most worthwhile running accessories out there. 

Winter Running Accessories

Winter is coming. As the colder months are approaching you’ll need to be thinking about adapting your running workouts to ensure you’re prepared for harsher weather conditions. If the thought of this makes you shiver with concern don't worry! OriGym have an informative article on the essentials for running in winter if you want to get clued up before the colder weather and darker nights arrive.

One of the first parts of your body to be seriously affected by extreme cold temperatures are your extremities, meaning your fingers and toes. Gloves or mittens are an obvious answer, but what if you forget to take them with you? Or what if you don’t like the restrictive nature of mittens? OriGym has a solution for that too!

#21 - The Heat Company Handwarmers

Price: £6.99

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The Heat Company Handwarmers are great winter running accessories. They’re small packets of air that when activated stay warm for up to 12 hours, and easily fit inside your gloves or pockets. These are a simple and effortless way to make sure your fingers stay warm through the winter months, whether you’re doing your usual running workout or just walking to work. 

At such a reasonable price, and the fact that they can last several years if unopened, these Handwarmers definitely deserve a place on our list of best running accessories for men and women.  

Before you go!

There’s a massive range of running accessories (UK) out there and it can be overwhelming when you’re not sure what you’re looking for! But we have no doubt that you’ve looked through this list and found some great products that you can’t wait to order and try out.

Remember to stay hydrated and visible wherever and however you run!

If you’re interested in a career in fitness why not have a look at our level 4 advanced nutrition course, or download our latest prospectus before you go. 

Written by Dee Hammond-Blackburn

Fitness Content Executive, OriGym

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Dee holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and is currently finishing her MA in Marketing Communications and Branding from Edge Hill University. Her passion for fitness and content writing brought her to OriGym, and she has since become a qualified Personal Trainer and a Sports Nutrition Specialist. Combining her skills in fitness and writing, Dee has a professional interest in fitness blogging, content creation, and social media. Outside of her writing role Dee enjoys reading, healthy cooking, and playing football with her dalmation.

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