Hey. Hi. Hello!
New Year, Same Me! I hope everyone rang in the New Year well! I did the same thing I do every year which is watch New Years Eve the movie with some pizza and then fall asleep way before midnight. It was my first New Years in the city, and I don’t really know if it was any different because I stayed in my apartment all day hiding from everyone!
I felt like continuing off of my post from Monday and sharing my fitness favorites for 2018. I may be a personal trainer and nutrition coach (I forget this all the time because that’s just who I am), but I also just really like working out and fitness stuff. As much as I like to complain about it, it really does make me feel good. So, here are the things that made getting out of bed to workout just that much more bearable this past year.
This thing is my favorite gadget ever It’s a wearable fitness tracker, but it’s a ring. A lot of people will compliment me on this, and then I get the added joy of watching their confusion when I say it’s also a fitness tracker. It tracks your steps, calories burned, active minutes, heart rate, sleep time, and can even be used as a added security measure for your devices.
Motiv Ring Fitness Tracker ($199.99)
This should come as no surprise. These shoes will continue to top my favorites lists as long as Adidas continues to make them. They have really great arch support, without being overbearing on my flat feet. I’ve never experienced a breaking in period, because they’re designed to be worn comfortably right out of the box. Adidas has found their niche, if only they would make half as many designs for women as they do for men.
Adidas Ultraboost ($180.00 – $230.00)
Everlywell At-Home Health Tests
The Everlywell tests really speak to the nutrition coach in me. While most of their tests do have a hefty price-tag, it’s pretty comparable to actual allergy tests. They offer a wide range of tests, from nutrional information, to STD’s to vitamin levels. You really just have to get past the whole pricking your finger yourself part, but the information it gives you is really helpful!
Everlywell At-Home Health Tests ($49.00 – $399.00)
There are days when I have to wake up early for work and my gym isn’t open yet (because the gym in my building is run my entitled assholes who suck). Ab gliders are great for at-home workouts because there are so many different exercises you can do with them. From abs to legs, it’s a great way to engage some deeper muscles you might not normally target while being in the comfort of your own home.
Double Sided Ab Gliders ($10.00)
Renpho Bluetooth Smart Scale
Scales are a dicey subject for a lot of people. Truthfully I don’t use my scale everyday, or really at all throughout the year. However, 2018 was a year of trying out different diets and exercise programs. While I was trying all of these things out, I wanted to see how my body was reacting, which is why I have this scale. It measures everything from body fat percentage to water weight to muscle mass. It’s allowed me to understand my body better and see if I was really gaining fat or muscle or whatnot.
Renpho Bluetooth Smart Scale ($27.99)
LNDR Active Wear
Like diets and workout routines, I also tried a lot of workout clothes during the year. LNDR is the one that I fell in love with the quickest. It’s not the cheapest exericse clothes out there, but I 100% think they’re worth it. They all repel water and are laced with silver so they’re antimicrobial. They fit SO well and have just the right amount of compression to make me feel comfortable while doing any sort of workout.
LNDR Active Wear ($16.00 – $345.00)
I mentioned earlier that my gym is run by entitled assholes. We have like 8 pieces of equiptment and like 200 medicine balls, but none of the essentials for working out. So, I invested in a barbell pad, and it changed my life. This little baby allows me to do barbell hip thrusts with no problem, which has improved my glute game tremendously. Like I do hip thrusts once a week now and cannot stop staring at my butt. Revolutionary.
Body Force Barbell Pad ($19.98)
Gymbandit Resistance Bands
Another great investment because my gym sucks. Of all the resistance bands these ones are my favorite because they range from light to extra extra heavy, so you have a range to choose from. You can incorporate them into warm-ups or into your actual workout, and they fit compactly into any gym bag. Plus, they’re great to have around for at-home workout days, too.
Gymbandit Set of 5 Resistance Bands ($18.99)
I used to refuse to wear gloves in the gym, because I thought I was too cool for school. But, the weights and barbells at my gym hurt like hell. Like I swear they were made extra spikey or something. So, I invested in these. They’re a cross between wrist grips like cross-fitters use, and actual lifting gloves. I don’t feel constricted wearing them, and love the gripped palms that really help me hold onto things.
Are we shocked about this? NO. Literally everyone and their mother got Airpods in 2018. I don’t want to sound like a broken record so I’ll make this quick. You may not think they’d be good to workout in, but they are. I never realized how restricting corded headphones are until I started using these. They stay in during any workout, and give the ability to do circuits without being forced to carry your phone around in your pants.
Apple Airpods ($159.00)
Kate Spade Tumbler
Gotta stay hydrated right?! They have water fountains up in my gym, but like most things there they suck. This tumbler is 22 ounces, so it’s the right amount of water to last me through all of my sessions. It breaks pretty easily though, since I went through about 10 of them in college, but just be gentle with it. I love that it has the straw so that I won’t have to worry about missing my mouth when trying to drink.
Nutribullet Balance Smart Blender
2018 was the year of smoothie bowls for breakfast. I swear at least twice a week I was making a smoothie bowl. But, I never was careful with measuring out proportions, which got annoying having to sit down and figure out macros to track them. The Nutribullet Balance got rid of that problem for me. It breaks down everything you put in, so it takes the guess work out of everything. It’s also great for making sauces and vegan parmesean cheese, fun facts.
Nutribullet Balance Smart Blender ($179.99)
I hope if any of you have resolutions to start working out or getting in shape that some of these were useful for you! I’m always here to answer your questions too, so never hesitate to reach out for fitness advice!
Until Next Time!