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2018 was one of the first years that I really stuck to my recurring fitness resolutions of getting more active. Starting since last February, I’ve regularly been working out at least four times a week… sometimes up to seven! I’ve been at the gym with hubby, hiking new trails in Vegas and Arizona, as well as joined a bootcamp which has really pushed me physically. Even though I haven’t lost weight, I can feel my body becoming stronger and have actually found enjoyment in being active. I don’t feel dead after workouts anymore— they invigorate me and I can’t wait for the next.
So for 2019, I’m continuing my goals and will keep moving toward a more fit version of myself. To help jumpstart the year and as a little encouragement to keep “moving” forward, I’ve got a few new additions to my fitness must-haves when it comes to apparel, accessories and energy & recovery products.
I may be going a little backwards here, but one of the most interesting products I’ve added to my fitness routine is this Athlete Recovery Sleepwear Jumpsuit from Under Armour. What? Pajamas as part of my fitness routine? YES. Getting good sleep is such an integral part of recovering from your workout and renewing your body for your next one, and this jumpsuit is designed to actually help you restore muscle while catching Zs. It’s a loose fitting one-piece and has a pattern inside the fabric powered by Celliant that returns infrared energy to your body, determined by the FDA to increase localized blood circulation. This increases the amount of oxygen reaching your muscles to restore your muscles faster.
So what does all this mean? It means that there can be less mornings of waking up sore so you can get back to your routine ASAP. Personally, I don’t really push myself in workouts if I’m feeling super sore from the previous one. I’m hoping that this helps me become more consistent with my sessions so I can avoid the common one step forward, two steps back.
Also from Under Armour, I’m wearing one of their Seamless Longline sports bras during workouts and I’m loving it. It’s super comfortable and I love the wide band for smoothing and comfort. This one is more of a low-impact sports bra and has a skinny pull-over strap design, and it’s been perfect for hiking days, strength training and the elliptical.
To get ready for my workout, a little boost never hurts. The CELSIUS On-The-Go Powder Sticks have been super convenient to throw in my bag or keep in my car for a fast DIY energy drink. There are a ton of flavors available, but I’m loving Cranberry Lemon… it basically tastes like lemonade. One box comes with fourteen sticks that deliver the same benefits of the CELSIUS proven-to-function canned energy drinks. They’re clinically proven to accelerate metabolism and burn calories & body fat while providing healthy energy. Plus, zero sugar and low in sodium means it doesn’t screw with my diet goals (and it’s only 10 calories!). The caffeine level is equivalent to 2 cups of coffee, derived from green tea leaves, ginger and guarana seeds for sustained energy vs. a spike and crash. I’ve added this to my water bottle before my workouts and I can really feel a difference in my energy levels and stamina. I also like that it’s not carbonated, so I don’t get bloated. You can find the mix on Amazon, or in stores like Target and GNC.
Something new I’m trying to incorporate into my workouts is outdoor running. Adam and I have talked about doing a few races this year, so I’ve started to train for those. Now usually when I’m at the gym, I have earbuds in with my pump up music playing. However, they’re a little scary to use outside since they’re so noise-cancelling. When I’m running in the park or on the streets, being able to hear my surroundings is super important for safety reasons. I never even knew about open-ear headphones until I tried out the AfterShokz Trekz Open-Ear Headphones.
They use bone conduction technology that delivers sound through your cheekbones. I know— sounds crazy, but the music really is loud and clear when I’m wearing these, but I can still hear my surroundings! They sit comfortably around my ear and loop around the base of my head, and the best part is they stay in place while I’m running. I don’t have to constantly adjust them, which is a huge dealbreaker for me when it comes to active headphones. I also like these for travel because I’ve definitely almost missed boarding a flight because I was watching videos on my phone with headphones, unable to hear the overhead announcements in my terminal.
If you’re interested in trying them out, you can get $55 off the “Endurance Bundle” for AfterShokz Trekz Air and AfterShokz Trekz Titanium with code BABBLEBOXX on their site.
Now, back to recovery: if I have a particularly rough (or great, depending on how you look at it) workout that leaves me sore the same day, Tiger Balm comes to the rescue. I like using the Tiger Balm Ultra Ointment, which contains the strongest concentration of Tiger Balm’s herbal ingredients that sends heat to the muscles. It works fast and the warmth really helps sore and stiff or strained muscles. There are also Tiger Balm Patches available that are easy to just peel and stick right onto the area you want to target. You can find Tiger Balm ointment at drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.
I am totally ready to take on another year of getting stronger, fitter and happier as I move more!