Got a fitness lover on your Christmas list? Here are some great suggestions they’re sure to love (and actually use!) this year:
The water bobble. Hydration is essential when you’re working out. This BPA-free bottle comes in a multitude of colors and both 18.5 and 34 ounce sizes. Best of all, there’s an activated carbon filter, so you’re not stuck drinking water fountain water.
Polar HR7 heart rate monitor. This comfortable HR monitor connects via Bluetooth to your phone or iPod and syncs flawlessly with the free Polar app. The sensor has batteries you can change yourself and the strap is machine washable. I can’t say enough about this product. If you run, bike, or workout in a gym, you need this!
Quad Lock armband. I love how secure this feels. I also love that there’s an accompanying mount for both your bicycle and car. If you’re running around with an expensive phone strapped to your arm, you want to be certain that it stays there.
Fit Four Spartan grip gloves. The open thumb design is great because that prevents bunching on the palm. Just the right amount of padding, my hand have been callous-free since buying these. The wrist wraps give great support.
Rock My Run. I’ve written about this app before, and it just keeps getting better and better. You can see my other review for the details. There are hundreds of mixes in most every musical genre, and keep adding more weekly. I use this app every time I work out. You can choose the mix based on beats per minute, or set it to match your stride or heart rate (if you’re wearing a HR monitor). There are quite a few mixes that come with the free version, but I have the paid version called “Rockstar”. It’s well worth the nominal fee, and they’ve just added a lifetime membership option. Want to try a free month on me? Just go here and use promo code rockit7. You’re welcome.
I’ve written about the Rock my Run app in the past, but now it’s even better. Rock my Run now pairs with your heart rate monitor to sync your music to your heart rate.
If you don’t have a HR monitor yet, I can highly recommend the Polar H7. I’ve had a few Polar HR monitors over the years, including one of the watches, but I like this one the best. It syncs flawlessly with the free Polar app (for iOS and Android).
I like that I can change the battery in it myself, because with almost daily use, I can go through a few batteries in a year. It uses an inexpensive watch battery that can be found at most any store.
I’ve used the heart rate sync feature a few times and it’s really good. I happen to have a freakishly rapid heart rate, so some of the music I’m used to listening to sounds hilarious at 170 BPM.
The right music mix can make all the difference in getting through a tough workout. I like that Rock My Run is a continuous stream, no need to mess with any controls. For me, music is a must at the gym.
I’m getting a new phone for Christmas, and I need recommendations for armbands. I need something stretchy that will flex with my massive biceps. 😉
Correction: too many cupcakes will make you huge. I have a cupcake once in a while. Preferably a red velvet cupcake. The secret is in the butter, not the sugar.
In our culture, women aren’t supposed to be physically strong or powerful. Why is that?
Benefits of weight training:
You will decrease your risk of osteoporosis.
You’ll maintain muscle and feel better in your clothes.
You will reduce you risk of arthritis.
You will reduce your risk of heart disease.
You’ll reduce your risk of diabetes.
You’ll improve your attitude and fight depression. Yay, endorphins!
Your body will get tighter.
You’ll increase your metabolism.
Lifting helps keep me sane. I’m currently on a six day a week trying split, but that many days aren’t necessary. I average about an hour per session, that’s it. So those who say they don’t have time to work out could easily give up an hour of crappy TV to take care themselves instead.