- 1.Join the “March Your Way to Fitness” Challenge Today!
- 2.Overcoming the Struggle of Committing to Fitness for the Long Haul
- 3.Keep the Fitness Momentum Going While Traveling
- 4.Five Fitness Programs for Small Spaces and All Ages
- 5.Fitness Products to Try Before, During and After Workouts
- 6.Wearable Fitness Products to Enhance Your Workout Routine
I’ve curated some fitness products that I think you might enjoy using before, during and after your workouts so you can make the most of them.
Aquasana Filter Bottle
Stay hydrated with clean, healthy water whether you’re indoors or out. You can fill the Aquasana Filter Bottle anywhere you have access to water and the built-in filter will reduce lead and chlorine plus 99% of bacteria and cysts. Filters last for 80 gallons, which is the equivalent to 640 disposable plastic bottles! They run $29-$39 and are available in shatter-resistant borosilicate glass or BPA-Free Tritan™ plastic +, a premium silicone sleeve for a nonslip grip and protection against breakage.
If you prefer to hit the hiking trail, carrying the Hydro Flask can be the thirst quencher you need. Since it’s made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel and is double wall vacuum insulated, it will keep your water ice cold for 24 hours even if it’s been sitting in the sun all day. If you aren’t tossing it in your backpack, it’s a good option for your lunch bag at work so you can measure how much water you are drinking daily. They’re available in multiple colors, sizes and in both standard and wide-mouth options ranging from $21.95-$36.95.
Ankle Foot maXimizer
If you haven’t been active for a long time and want to get back into the habit of moving more, it might make sense for you to warm up your feet and ankles as they support so many movements. The last thing you want is plantar fasciitis, heel pain, shin splints or an ankle sprain to derail your efforts. Before you begin a full workout plan, consider trying what many professional athletes use – the Ankle Foot maXimizer (AFX), a strengthening device you can use while watching TV! It requires only 10 minutes per foot every second day and it comes with a DVD that takes you rep-by-rep through the program. You can also access free one-on-one video training sessions via Skype. There’s a basic version for $99 and a pro version for $129.
NBA players and Olympians use Zamst’s lightweight braces to prevent injury, so if you’ve had a past injury or just need additional support, you might want to use them too. Their anatomically correct systems provide support for joints, stabilization, and proper cooling and ventilation while moving, acting like a second skin and not interrupting movements. All products on the site are under $100 with many less than $50.
This is not your typical stability ball. Best Ball is designed to gradually build resistance throughout each exercise. It features eight air-filled resistance wings that add stability, while still letting the ball roll during workouts. Because the wings build resistance as the ball rolls, exercise intensity increases throughout each movement. The system offers training programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced users allowing leg curls, crunches, arm push-ups and more to be done with low impact. It is $39.99 and includes an instructional DVD along with workout routines, foot pump and adapter for inflation.
Simple foam mats can be flimsy and lack support, especially when you’re engaging in yoga, pilates or warm-up and cool-down stretching. If you want a durable alternative, WellnessMats MobileMat folds in half, suspends body weight so it’s more comfortable than what you’re used to experiencing on the floor, is non-slip and anti-microbial. With a hinged seam and carrying handles for easy portability, you can take it wherever you prefer to exercise. It certainly made planks on my tiled floor much more endurable! At $199.95, it’s a worthwhile investment if you have hardwood floors or prefer more padding and support when relying on your own strength.
FXP Hula Hoop
Feel like a kid again and burn around 800 calories in an hour with the FXP Hula Hoop. The two-pound hoop and accompanying workout program combines cardio exercise and strength training as well as elements of yoga, pilates and barre to help you whittle your waist and have fun doing it. There are different kits available starting at $44.95. Many states have trainers who host classes so you can bring your hoop and join others in the fun.
If you’re looking for a way to intensify common floor exercises like squats, lunges and push-ups, the StrongBoard Balance might be just what you’re looking for. With its multi-spring technology, you’ll activate more muscle as you use your own body weight for resistance during full-motion exercises. There’s also a video to get an idea of some of the ways you can use it. It’s available for $269 and if you live near an LA Fitness gym, you can test it out to see if it’s something you’d like to have in your own home.
While you’ve likely seen the Ab Carver, from Perfect Fitness®, you might not have realized they created a way to make pushups more enjoyable too. Enter the Perfect Pushup. I personally tend to avoid pushups because I don’t like the feeling my wrists have when I exert my body, but with this tool I was able to do them without stress because the handles allowed me to rotate my wrists as I moved up and down. It retails for $19.95.
If you’re looking for a new resistance band, try the Theraband CLX, which is different from typical bands because it’s designed with a series of loops, which helps provide different levels of resistance. I was able to successfully execute lunges, squats, arm raises and leg extensions thanks to the library of videos on their website illustrating how to use the band with proper form. Bands are available in beginner, intermediate and advanced, and range from $19.99 – $24.99.
It’s important to make sure that you’re allowing your body to recover after working out so you can perform better or reduce the likelihood of injury. The Marc Pro is an electrical muscle stimulation machine designed to improve muscle performance by decreasing recovery time, soreness and fatigue. It does so by providing unique and strong muscle contractions that are not taxing to your body. You can watch videos and click an interactive body diagram to determine the best areas to place the electrodes to work specific muscle groups. The device and starter kit is $649.95 and there’s a plus version for $949.95, which includes additional modes for pain relief.
MB5 Massage Ball
TriggerPoint provides a range of products that promote therapeutic relief for muscles, but one that is especially useful is the MB5 Massage Ball. It is constructed from different densities so there are varying levels of pressure you can apply to your calves, hip or shoulders. Sometimes after exercising hard or even sitting at my desk, I can really feel it in my lower back and hips, so this is something that can help get the kinks out. At $24.99, it’s like a portable massage therapist!
Ever Bamboo Sports Kit Deodorizer + Dehumidifier
Tired of the sweaty sock smell emanating from your gym bag? Try Ever Bamboo’s Sports Kit Deodorizer + Dehumidifier as an unscented alternative to toxic sprays or harsh scents that are currently on the market. Microscopic holes naturally found in bamboo absorb odor and moisture making bamboo charcoal reusable and recyclable. You can add a pouch to your shoes, skates, gloves or other equipment and it will last up to a year if you leave the pouches in direct sunlight for two hours on each side every month or two. After a year, you can cut the pouches open and mix the charcoal granules into your gardening soil to regulate moisture. A win for your nose; a win for the environment! The kit contains a four pack and retails for $14.99.
As always, you should consult your doctor or a professional trainer about the right products for you. What are your favorite products to use before, during or after a workout? Let us know in the comments!
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