NikkiFitness tested and approved fitness gear for Fall 2015:
1. Ashtanga Yoga Rug $44.95 http://www.ashtanga.net/store/organic-cotton-mysore-practice-rugs-c-21.html
These hand-loomed fully organic cotton practice rugs are currently the only onesin the US. The Mysore Practice Rugs offer a great feel, remind practitioners of the ‘old school’ method when yogis practiced on cotton, they absorb sweat, and work great on top of any sticky mat helping prolong its life. For extra stick on your down dog, I recommend wetting your hands a bit before the sweat kicks in to glue you down. The cotton rugs are sanitary and also easy to clean.
2. Fabb activewear fabbactivewear.com
Match point tennis tank 47.99
This high-performance, breathable, and supportive tank is ideal for tennis but also great for running. Form fitted to go with the natural curve of your body, this top will have you looking sexy while staying classy. It’s made from FABB breezy fabric- a breathable, moisture wicking material for staying dry, while also being shrink and fade -resistant. The built-in bra, odor-free material and fashionable design will leaving you feeling confident to grab lunch with girlfriends, hit the stores, or run errands before or after your workout.
Better basic pilates legging 87.00
This women’s workout legging has the perfect amount of stretch to allow ease of movement while also providing the compression needed to help you feel supported. A staple piece to any wardrobe, this reliable legging is perfect while on-the go and extremely versatile in use. Feel comfortable, stylish, and confident with the extremely flattering fit and soft feel. Definitely a FABB fave!
3. Men’s and Women’s Toe Socks that are ingenious, by Injinji $12-30.00 http://www.injinji.com
I was out running the other day, and got a blister on one foot and had a bleeding tow from a sharp toenail on a nearby toe, on the other foot. Now I know how to avoid limping home. The Injinji socks for men and women (in many bright colors like tangerine and daffodil) offers increased two-way stretch, enabling the material to better stretch across a foot arch and providing compression throughout the foot. The fit of the individual toe-sleeves are redesigned for a better, snugger fit throughout the toes without any excess material. Dreamy durable, light fibers make for cool, dry and bloody and blister-free feet. They have ankle-height for a nice summer run, as well as calf and knee- height for when the weather calls for a legging attached to your sock!
And whether you’re a snow junkie, hiking and outdoor enthusiast, or looking for compression, Injinji has you covered with socks for Hiking and outdoor, Compression, Trail Running, and Snow socks (click on the link).
4. Indoor Swim for Family FItness by FINIS http://www.finisinc.com
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean your kids have to forget how to swim. Take your lessons or family fun time indoors at your local gym, community center, apartment building or hotel vacation with some fun gear that makes your kids want to jump in while you fit in your laps. I love the goggles and cute “animal head” swim caps! They even support education and giving back to the community through the So More Can Swim program.
H2 Jr. Goggle
The H2 Jr Goggles are designed specifically for kids faces and provide the ultimate leak-proof fit. Double silicone straps and easy-to-adjust back clips make these easy to provide a secure fit to any young swimmer’s head. Ideal for swimmers 4 to 12 years old.
Retail Price: $12.99 http://www.finisinc.com/product/801
Mermaid Swim Fin
The Mermaid Fin is a fun, monofin pool toy, ideal for young swimmers, that teaches a balanced dolphin kick while also allowing children to increase their confidence in the water. Ideal for children 12 and under, the Mermaid Fin is great for encouraging imagination and fun in the water while developing swimming skills.
Retail Price: $31.99 http://www.finisinc.com/Mermaid-Swim-Fin
Designed for Ages 6+
Shoe Size: male 1-6, or female 2-7 (Euro sizes 33-39)
Animal Heads Swim Caps
These playful and creative swim caps encourage kids to get in the water and make swimming more fun. Retail Price: $9.99 http://www.finisinc.com/myCarousel
Kids swim Diapers (Solid or with Designs): Required by most swim schools and public pools, reusable swim diapers are great alternatives to disposable diapers. Snug elastic around the waist and legs create a secure fit to contain solid waste. FINIS provides an array of sizes that translate into comfort for the baby and confidence for the parents. A soft woven polyester lining gives the diaper an extra soft layer against the baby’s skin. UPF 50+ keeps harmful UV rays away from sensitive areas. Phthalates and PVC free.Retail Price: $9.99
5. Pack good-for-you-food with Go Stak! 12.99 http://www.blenderbottle.com/all-products/shaker-bottles/blenderbottle-gostak
GoStaks are a smart and sleek advancement in portable nutrition. Durable jars secure tightly to carry powders, vitamins, supplements, snacks, and more. The 150cc jar hold 87% of protein powder servings so whether you pack pre-, intra-, and post-workout supplements to the gym, or simply need a versatile system for snacks and small items, the GoStak has you covered from milk and formula powder for baby, carrots and berries for older kids, nuts and protein powder for adults, and everything in between.
6. Justin’s Snack Packs – dip, scoop, and devour. www.justins.com
Justin’s -the maker of naturally delicious nut butters and organic peanut butter cups debuted- its Snack Packs this summer and my gym bag now has a special pocket for them. One side of the portable container carries Justin’s nut butter, the other side is gluten-free pretzels. I’ve managed to snack on them morning, noon and night, as breakfast on the go, and pre/post workout snacks, and saved the chocolate nut butter for desert. The Snack Pack does not need refrigeration and delivers the great taste and high-quality ingredients one would expect from the brand at just 200-210 calories per pack in 100 percent recycled plastic and provides a portable pick-me-up in three tasty varieties: Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Pretzels; Classic Almond Butter and Pretzels; Maple Almond Butter and Pretzels. They are available online, at Targets and more.
7. MacroBars ($1.99-2.89) https://gomacro.com/shop/
My new favorite bar where it’s happy hour any time of the day! Available in 11 incredible flavors, these are GoMacro’s original and most popular bars that are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and deliver plenty of clean-burning natural energy. All MacroBars are USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten free and vegan certified. There is a different flavor for each day of the week, including granola coconut, sesame butter and dates, banana and almond butter, and apples and walnuts.
Each of the three new THRIVE bar flavors (blueberry lavender, curry apricot and ginger lemon) contain ingredients that have been selected to target specific systems in the body – neurological, digestive and cardiovascular. At only 180 calories, each GoMacro Thrive bar contains 3g of fiber and 4g of protein. Thrive bars are USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, kosher, gluten free and vegan certified.
40% Off Discount For All Readers Lastly, GoMacro is glad to extend a special one-time discount to all my readers, just enter code “BLOGGER” at checkout and get 40% off your first order!
8. Hot read: Inches Aren’t Everything http://steamromance.com/books/ $11.95 paperback, downloads
This fall when you are recovering from sweat sessions and it’s a little cold outside, warm up with a good book… One that puts you IN THE MOOD to go to the gym or turn on that NikkiFItness video instead of skipping your next workout. It might put you in the mood for other “calorie burning activities” as well…with the newest book from Steam Romance. Inches Aren’t Everything by Sarah B. Daniels, is an erotic yet suspenseful tale of the elite trainers of Body Management Corporation (BMC) and the between-the-sheets rival battle against its head trainer, Dean Stoddard, and his colleague, Orlanda Kennedy. I sat down to start reading this with another book as a backup when this failed to get my attention… and lets say that other book remains closed. This page turner takes Shades of Grey for a body sculpting class. Read it, then work out, and repeat.
9. Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator $8.99 http://www.newfebreze.com
Now that this product review article has you all hot and sweaty, time to get “clean” again.
One thing about working out, it often leaves you too tired to do laundry right away…You undress and throw the stinky athletic wear into your hamper. They sit, getting smellier and smellier for the next two days. To help banish these odors, Febreze has created the Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator. It’s an in-wash solution used with your detergent. The odor eliminator targets hard to get odors while your detergent focuses on washing away dirt and stains. Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator is sold at Walmart, Mejier, HEB, Kmart, A&P, Pathmark, Stop&Shop and many other grocery, drug and mass retailers. It’s available in a 50-fl ounce bottle in “Fresh Scent.” And now we’re getting fresh again…
10. Hit it where it hurts: Salonpas pain patches www.salonpas.us (prices vary)
Getting fit sometimes results in aches and pains and reaching for over the counter (OTC) pills is not always the healthiest solution. Doctors agree that topical OTC analgesic products, in the form of creams, gels, sprays and patches, are a healthier solution for pain management because “Acetaminophen has a narrow therapeutic window, meaning the difference between a safe and effective dose and an overdose, which could led to liver toxicity, is a relatively small increment in milligram consumption,” says Dr. Aristotle Economou, author and acclaimed Beverly Hills physician. “Topical pain relievers such as creams, gels and sprays work locally and large reduce, although they do not entirely eliminate the systemic risk, that OTC pain pills can present. The Salonpas patches are the first and only topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSADs) approved through the FDA’s rigorous New Drug Application process which is the same process used to approve prescription medicines.” By putting the medicine right at the site of pain, bypassing the stomach and liver, Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose.
I recently used them for a pulled calf muscle and a sore back, as well as for normal muscle aches from working out after being off on maternity leave for 6 weeks. Try the Salonpas Pain Relief Patch and Arthritis Pain Patch which are the only FDA-approved OTC pain patches, Salonpas Pain Relieving GEL-Patch HOT, and Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray and the Salonpas DEEP Relieving Gel for your sculpting soreness and love your liver!
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NikkiFItness is a 37-year-old fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, and the star of 11 fitness DVDs/Videos/Apps including the new 2015 Anti-aging Walking Workout, 2014 Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout, Hard Core Abs, Fit Travel Workout, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics Workout (Yoga+Plyometrics Fusion), Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor.She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” social media, and in iTunes and Android for the App! More at www.nikkifitness.com