We’re sharing our favorite workout tools and tricks today to help you stay fit through eating season!
So the story goes, while everyone else is feeling fit in the summer sunshine, I am playing with my kids, traveling, lagging on my workouts, and eating ice cream.
Needless to say, every fall I discover I’ve gained a few through bathing suit season and need to get back on track.
This is that time.
It’s a sad day when you get on the scale and discover your thirty-something (forty something, fifty something) body doesn’t just coast through missed workouts anymore.
So to inspire myself, and anyone else feeling they need to get back into shape, I’m sharing our workout favorites. Items that we feel help us get motivated to MOVE.
Favorite Running Shoes
Altra Running Shoes have made it possible for me to run without hip or knee pain for the first time in years. They are light weight, spacious in the toe, and offer zero-drop technology that causes you to strike the ground in a more natural foot position. (Closer to the front of your foot, like if you were running barefoot.) That means weight and impact are distributed throughout your body as God intended. Seriously, these are awesome shoes. Dan and Ava have converted as well, and Carson is next in line!
Favorite Workout Headphones
We have been through the gamut of headphones… but JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones – Midnight Black seem to offer the best sound quality and fit for the price. They are sweat resistant and have held up over time. And they are WIRELESS so you can’t accidentally pull them out while you are jumping around.
Favorite Workout Clothing
I’ll admit, there are some really cute fitness lines out there. Yet the workout clothes that seem to fit the best and last the longest for me come from Mountain Hardware. I wear this skort all the time!
Favorite Workout Socks
Socks are socks, right? NO. No, they are not. These Wigwam Sport Socks stay in place, protect your heels from blistering, and guard against debris getting in your shoes. It’s the little things in life, folks.
Favorite Fitness DVD
After grunting through The Bar Method, Pure Barre, P90X, Insanity, T25 and various other Beach Body DVD series, I’m going old-school. Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred is still my favorite workout DVD for short high-impact workouts. It’s 20 minutes of intense exercise that makes a big difference when I do it consistently.
Favorite Home Gym Equipment
We’ve gone through several sets of weights and fitness machines as well, but the most versatile piece of equipment we own is our Bowflex Select Tech Hand Weights. They allow you to have a whole rack of weight options in just one set of weights. We’ve even thrown them in the car to take on trips, just so we stay on top of our workouts.
Favorite Fitness Tracker
I’m a Fitbit Girl! It’s fun to connect with friends around the country through the Fitbit app and cheer each other on. Plus, I notice I move around the house more often when I’m wearing my Fitbit. Instead of the bracelet, I like the small clip that you can attach under your clothes.
Favorite Fitness App
A fitness app can be a very motivating tool. I like Tony Gonzales’ FitStar Personal Training App. It does a great job of personalizing workouts just for you and makes you feel like you have your own celebrity trainer at home. Plus, it’s free!
Favorite Workout Travel Accessory
Loop Bands. I just discovered these on a recent trip and purchased some to take on my next business trip. These wide resistance bands are easy to pack and provide endless resistance options when you don’t have access to weights.
Favorite Running Songs
I like a fast-paced brainless girly song for workouts. Nothing too intense or thought-provoking, just pure fun. Don’t laugh… My favorites are: Girlfriend (Remix) by Avril Lavigne and Hey Ya! by Outkast.