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Friday, March 22, 2013

Workout Gear && a Giveaway!!

I've realized over time that there are products out there to make working out more comfortable and sustainable in our lives.  There are items I use in my workouts that simply keep me cool, dry, or cushioned throughout my workout, whatever it may be that day.  I've compiled a list of my Top 5 and you have the opportunity to win some of them today!

Workout Gear




1. Sport Band: Even before I had the iPhone, I used an armband for my iPod.  If you are still carrying your phone/iPod while running, you need to invest in one of these.  Freeing up your hands allows you to transition between circuits, HIITs, and run with ease.  It is unnatural to carry something in your hand while you work out (unless its weight.)

2.  Running Socks:  I purchased my first pair of running socks at a half marathon health fair (the day before running the race) and wore them, for the first time, the day of the race.  Wow.  I had never considered these a necessity, but I will say that there is a reason people pay big bucks for them.  They compress and cushion where runners need it most and most are made of wool to wick away the sweat.  Great investment for all runners.

3.  Compression Capris:  I also love compression shorts, but my personal favorite workout attire is the compression capri.  You can spend a lot of money on a pair like these Nike ones or you can hit up TJ Maxx and Marshalls and get great pairs for less than $20.  I enjoy them because they compress my legs allowing blood to circulate better and they don't ride up like shorts do when running.

4.  Cooling Towel: You have the opportunity to win one of these this week!  I LOVE this.  My husband got me one for Christmas one year and my girlfriend recently gifted me one for my birthday (which was necessary since my old one was clearly ready to be tossed).  This will help you stay cool when you're out in the heat and they absorb moisture.  Perfect for any outdoor workout: kayaking, hiking, golfing, running, etc.

5.  Running Shoes:  I prefer Mizuno or Aasics for running.  A lot of people swear by Nike.  I've also used Saucony and liked them.  Fact of the matter is you need to invest in a good quality running shoe that is fit for you and is made simply for running.  Do NOT run in cross trainers.  Private sports stores can professionally fit you for the type of shoe you need based on how you land and use your foot as you walk/run, and even places like Dicks Sporting Goods now have a tool in store so you can see what type of shoe you need.  I highly encourage you to get fitted and invest in a good pair.  I paid just over $100 for mine last year and I've just had to replace the insoles because the outer shoe is still in great shape. (And I run a lot.)

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9 comments:

  1. Love this post! I am a big fan of Ascis for running too. They are my fav so far, but I haven't splurged on Brooks and I hear they are great too. My fitness goals are to be happy with my body for summer! I want to keep a regular workout schedule that is fun and challenges me.

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  2. I love this post. I have the arm band and the special socks too! I love asics, especially my new hot pink ones! I'm definitely going to look into that cooling towel! Thanks for the ideas!

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  3. I really need a sports band! I carry my iphone when I run and that would be super amazing :) I'm also addicted to running clothes, so some new pants would rock!
    joodlesdoodles.wordpress.com

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  4. My fitness goals are pretty simple, at least 20 push ups in 2 mins, 60 sit ups in 2 minutes, run 2 miles under 20 minutes. I'd also like to be able to do 1 unassisted pull-up and chin by the end of the year and 25 consecutive double unders.

    This was actually really helpful to write out. I hope I can get there by Dec 27th of this year (my one year crossfit-aversary)

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  5. I lost my arm band. Time to look for a new one!

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  6. To be healthy and stop eating so much junk food!

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  7. I love my Saucony shoes...and the more colorful the better! My fitness goal is to run a half marathon this year!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  8. I've been following your blog for a while now, but I've recently realized how terrible I've been about commenting! I'm currently training for a marathon, so this post especially perked up my ears - I'm getting ready to order my first pair of compression running socks so I was encouraged by your review of them!

    Heather

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