7 Summer Survival Products

 Shades

 

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

Shakes

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/

Shots

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

Shoes

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)

Shape

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.

Stories

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

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From My Fox & Friends Segment: Products That Will Help You Spring Into Shape

Products that will help you spring into shape this year. Tested by Nikki and approved for you.

Listen

http://​www​.fitmixpro​.com — (Pictured above, middle) Get the workout music that fitness class instructors like me use, from the largest music site for pro fitness. Fit Mix Pro has custom mixes for fitness professionals with original artist music. You can select your favorite genres, artists, songs, EVEN music speed, or make is slow to fast to slow as your workout builds then cools down. All the songs blend into one another and the BPM (beats per minute) selection ranges from warm-​​up and zumba to the fastest spin cycle you can imagine! It’s like having a DJ in your headphones! When I feel sluggish about my morning run, I throw on my fastest mix and I am done before I know it. Price depends on length of the playlist.

Earbuds: www.Aerial7.com These are the lightest and best-looking earbuds I have found. Comfortable enough for jogging and even plometric intervals, but classy enough to wear on your commute to work. My favorites are the Neo style in “Chino” – the beige, white and gold mean you don’t even need earings to get a little bling.

 

Fuel

www​.bearnaked​.com – I like my nutrition bars, cereals and trail mixes to be natural, low in fat, and low in additives. I like to see the nuts, grains and fruit. That is why Bear Naked brand makes my palpitations Faves list. They “thoughtfully craft unique recipes by considering what each ingredient bring to the party – unlocking the natural energy you need and real nutrition, to strip away the clutter and let mother nature shine.”

There is nothing on the ingredient list that you can’t pronounce and they add lots of great ingredients like flax seeds. I especially love their Bear Naked Fit Granola, low in fat and high in goodness, protein and fiber. Try the Vanilla Almond Crunch! They are so nature-​​friendly that you can even return the bags once they are used!

Energize

www​.Get24K​.com – I gave up drinking coffee because it gave me hot flashes and heart palpatations., but I miss the focus it provides and the energy for workouts. I would never use “4 hour energy” for fear of the same bad side effects. So when I heard about a drink that is natural and gives you sustained energy and focus, without the highs and the crashes, I tried it. They call it 24k “Healthy Energy” You can either refrigerate it or try it room temperature. They say it has a “tropical flavor with a bit of a spicy finish” but to me it tastes like medicine. Luckily there is not much to drink, and I don’t mind the taste because it works. Each mini is 2 servings (1 oz per serving). I take 1 oz mid morning and sometimes another shot before my workout. With no caffeine or other stimulants or sugars, you won’t get any jolt or crash. I’ve noticed my energy is sustained throughout the day and my mental clarity is sharp, with lots of energy for exercise. See website for pricing.

Hydrate

www​.evamor​.com – Dr. Oz’s favorite water is now on my shopping list as well — it even claims to help fight acid reflux! The western diet has become more acidic over the years as packaged and processed foods use chemicals that create more acidity in foods. Acidic foods also increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other illnesses. mostr Alkaline water has a naturally high PH of 8.8. Water PH goes from acidic to neutral to alkaline, so this puts Evamor water at the other end of the spectrum, where mosts waters fall either neutral or naturally acidic.

To that end, Evamor water supports HealthCorps who, along with Dr. Mehmet Oz, spends time and money mentoring kids around the country about nutrition, diet and exercise. One of their goals is to remove all soda from schools. A healthy lifestyle starts at youth, and I like the idea that by hydrating, I help Evamore and HelathCorps teach this in our schools… while doing something good for my own health as well.

Inspire

www​.shopviewsport​.com and www​.viewsport​.us – I love the quote that “sweat is fat crying,” and jumped at the chance for me to see what those tears had to say. Luckilyt clothes are “Motivation as Perspiration” because when you sweat, a message is created on the back of your shirt, like “I am the competition” or “follow me.” Granted, I don’t sweat as much during a workout as a lot of my friends do, so I didn’t get the whole message when I ran 4 miles in 84 degree heat on a beach in Mexico, but maybe you can get the message. If you want to give it a try, I recommend the “beast mode” shirt because of its military color. $25.00

Protect

www​.​g​-form​.com Price: $39.99  (Last photo above) G-​​Form elbow, shin and knee pads make you look as fierce as your workout! They offer the “first flexible, molded impact pad designed specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact.” The Reactive Protection Technology™ provides a flexible fit while still guaranteeing the ultimate impact absorption. I love that they make you look like a superhero, in yellow or black. If your workout is extreme enough to need body armor, you must be doing something right.

Slim

wwwMPGsport.com – (First photo above) Aside from working out with NikkiFitness DVDs, you can get a slimmer look by wearing a new brand of workout clothes. I discovered these at an NYC Fashion event and had to get them. The “color blocking” slims your arms, thighs and waist, and I love their bright colors for spring. The orange pull-over, purple pullover jacket with thumb holes, and stripped tank with color blocked sides and built-in bra are my new go-to for teaching class, jogging or making TV appearances. Check out the sports bras as well for a comfortable, stylish fit with some “lightly padded coverage” for those cold spring days.

Stretch

www​.tomuno​.com – I recently had to get a new yoga mat, because my beloved purple and white flowered friend was worn out and getting dirty after years of support. Luckilly, I discovered an eco-​​friendly yoga mat company called Tomuno. These this, solid-​​colored mats are sold in places like Sports Club/​LA and leading yoga studios around the country. Best of all, they are ‘green.’ I like the idea of switching from plastic yoga mats to natural rubber (the rubber is harvested from actual rubber trees). Best of all, the grip is fantastic and help my warrior poses strong! Tell them Nikki sent you. $69.00

Tighten

www​.closetomagic​.com – The “ultimate body applicator that wraps your way to a better body” has come to my attention as a way to tighten your shin after having a baby, or losing weight. It’s called “It Works” and I have seen people who try it get good results when belly and thigh skin was loose and droopy. If you’ve worked hard to lose weight but feel like your skin isn’t shaping up like it should, you might want to try these wraps made with natural ingredients like seaweed, ivy, green tea rosemary and B5 to name a few.

Fitness – fit it in to listen, fuel, tighten, energize, hydrate, stretch, protect and inspire! — Nikki