7 Summer Survival Products



Oakley is combining the comfortable aspects of comfort and performance sports sunglasses with the chic look of designer glasses. You can save your eyes while jogging and still look hot too! They are lightweight, with special hidden padding and slip protection around the nose and ears. I like the overtime and urgency lines for women and the scalpel or blender for men. ($130) http://​www​.oakley​.com/​s​t​o​r​e​/​p​r​o​d​u​c​t​s​/​w​o​m​e​n​/​s​u​n​g​l​a​s​s​e​s​/​a​c​tive


I would make shakes more often if I didn’t have to clean the mixer by hand. Now I’m having them every morning with my new find! BlenderBottle SportMixer, the number one selling shaker cup in the market, invented the portable mixer. Fitness buffs love the product because they can easily mix up an after-​​workout shake or healthy snack without having to use an electric blender. The BlenderBottle’s secret is in its patented BlenderBall wire whisk ball, which can whip up ingredients like peanut butter, yogurt, apple sauce, fruit juice, milk, and powder supplements. It not only works as a portable mixer, but doubles as a leak-​​proof water bottle for hydration on-​​the-​​go. It comes in tons of fun colors, its BPA-​​free, and dishwasher safe ($14.99) http://​www​.blenderbottle​.com/


Hero Energy Shot was created to honor the millions of heroes that dedicate their lives to making our country safe. The drink is vitamin fortified, long lasting, sugar free, and doesn’t result in a sugar crash. I love the extra vitamin B, so I don’t need my supplement. I am a tea drinker, so I took half of a tasty berry shot in the morning and half in the afternoon. If you drink coffee, one full 2 oz shot will definitely energize you in the morning! A minimum of 10% from every purchase results in a donation to nonprofit organizations that support the armed forces, police, firefighters, and EMTs. (You can get a free sample, or order a 12-​​pack for $24) www​.heroenergyshot​.com


When you are not hiking, running or biking this summer, you should take care of your feet. Sneakers are not enough if you are creating fallen arches and blisters the rest of your day! I was never a huge Birkenstock fan even though the rest of my family all swears by them… until I was introduced to their fashionable new line of colors at the Fitness Magazine blogger event. Now my toenails are painted turquoise (scuba blue they call it) to match my new supportive shoes, and my feet get to breathe on hot days! They also have a new super comfort line (men will love this) that is the traditional shoe but with padding on the sole! Be “naturally good” to your feet with every color in the rainbow, even metallics and strappy options for women at http://​www​.birkenstockusa​.com/ (Birko style pictured, $59.95)


Have you lost weight through hard work and exercise, or had a baby, but your skin has not bounced back to it’s original tight shape? I have looked for skin tightening belly and body creams for a while, many readers ask about them, and I myself know about the baby belly skin stretch. Most of the products out there are for cellulite or stretch marks. Finally I found Vichy Destock Stomach. With Pure caffeine, Yerba Mate and Green Coffee Extract it refines and firms your skin. ($36.50 for a large bottle) Available at Duane Reade, CVS, Walgreen’s and at www​.vichyusa​.com

Sports Sac

When I run a race or work out at the gym, I shower fast but do the laundry slow. I often leave clothes in a bag and go out to celebrate or head to work. Tide has created some ingenious bags to keep the funk of running and working out away. Tide created the Tide Odor-​​Absorbing Sports Bag (in gray and black) – so you won’t leave a trail of odors as you leave the gym or the track! They also have a travel laundry bag (light and dark blue) that I use when I pack my Fit Travel Workout DVD (The 30– minute no-​​equipment workout that was shot around the world! www​.nikkifitness​.com ) and work out on the road! http://​tidecare​.com/​p​r​o​d​u​c​ts/ Available at Target.


I can’t work out without some distraction, either fast music, a great view, or a book! Not in my hands but in my ears. Either read fiction, non-​​fiction or, a new find, ameditation audiobook by Andy Puddicombe called GET SOME HEADSPACE: ($29.99) http://​us​.macmillan​.com/​b​o​o​k​.​a​s​p​x​?​i​s​b​n​=​9​7​8​1​4​2​7​2​2​1​933

It’s a really great way to “zen” yourself before heading out to the beach and throwing your cares away!

Fitness – fit it in this summer! Nikki


Don’t Get Sick While Sculpting

I admit it, two years ago I got what I think was MRSA (bacteria called methicillin-​​resistant staphylococcus aureus, often seen on the news and pronounced like “Mersa”) on my shoulder after using a dirty gym mat or machine.

Ever since then, I have been super careful with using towels on top of my mats, cleaning gym equipment before I use it and showering immediately afterwards. If gym germs gross you out as well, I found a solution. SilverSport towels, hot yoga mats and fitness rollers let you take your mind off of bugs and bacterial and let you focus on your form instead.

Hall of Fame football player Franco Harris and consumer product expert Thomas Davis founded SilverSport with one goal in mind: to make exercise as clean as possible. The two saw a need in the market after hearing the multitude of stories about the prevalence of germs in fitness environments, such as gyms and yoga classes, and even when working out at home.

The grey towels are super-​​soft, made from bamboo are anti-microbial…elminating odor-​​causing bacteria. The black yoga mats might be the thickest I’ve practiced on, making yoga poses comfy on the knees and intense crunch sessions easy on the back.

Earth-​​friendly and manufactured in the USA, Eco Product Group created the SilverSport line — the nanoscale silver additives are registered by the EPA and leverage silver¹s long established antimicrobial properties to release ions that keep your equipment clean during use. Even when you sweat is out in a hot yoga class or drip while pumping iron.

So if you are a germ-​​a-​​phobe like me, use silver to fit in your fitness and keep it clean.


The SilverSport anti-​​microbial line includes:

The SilverSport SilverMat™ Hot Fitness Mat provides total comfort and style – along with a specially textured surface that helps to resist slippage. ($49.99)
Turn your ordinary fitness roller into a massaging experience with the SilverSport SilverShaper™ Massaging Fitness Roller Cover. The textured ‘bumps’ on the SilverShaper help increase circulation and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite while revitalizing your everyday workout. ($39.99)
The SilverSport Silver Towel™ is made with super soft bamboo, which is three times more absorbent than cotton. (Silver, 20” x 30”: $19.99; Black, 20” x 60”: $34.99)
The SilverSport Silver Prenatal Fit Kit provides the lumbar and abdominal support you need for a well-​​rounded fitness routine during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Includes fitness mat and foam comfort support wedge. ($49.99)