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Last Minute Gifts for Gym Rats

20 Dec

Hump day! Workout/Wellness Wednesday! 6 days until Christmas…

Working in the mall, that’s the LAST place I want to visit on my days off (am I right or am I right?). But, tis the season, the mall is our go-to place to buy our loved ones gifts; mostly everything is all under one roof. In.Out.Wam-Bam-Thank you ma’am!

Au contraire! Lucky for us fitness fanatics, gifts come in all shapes, sizes, and can be found outside of the mall. I’ve listed gift ideas for all exercisers and broken items down into pricey’s (P) and cheapies (C) (in a good way!).

These items are perfect for ALL forms of physical activity; exercise doesn’t happen ONLY in a gym setting anymore. Runners, walkers, yogi’s, cardio-junkies, weight lifters, and ANY form of physical activity can reap the benefits from these gifts of health.

  • (P) Garmin, sports watch, SlimKicker-something that tracks miles, time, I hate to say thiscalories, goals, etc. We love numbers as a society so having something that keeps track of our progress/regress is key.

First run at Oakland

  • (C) if they’ve participated in races, ask them for their old race shirts. Make a quilt (sweat towel, washcloth) out of all the logos on each shirt! It’s an innovative way for them to re-live all of their amazing feats :).

quiltsource

  • (P)(C) subscribe them to one of their favorite fitness or health related magazines. If they have an iPad or other reader, many of the magazine subscriptions can be found on there.
  • (C) new headphones! So simple yet such a dependable piece of equipment that all of us can utilize; even if you don’t listen to music while you work out, these are something that you can use in any setting.
  • (P) a customized pair of shoes. Lots of brands do this now; it’s a way to stand-out and show your creative side in your style, alongsideyour creative workouts of course :-P.
  • (P) a new gym bag. Bags nowadays come stocked with yoga mat straps, lots of compartments, dirty clothes bag, and anti-stink fabrics. Let me clarify, you’ll still stink but your bag won’t!
  • (C) socks. HUH? I don’t know about you but nothing beats putting on a fresh, new pair of socks; add cushioning, a low-cut style with a higher lip to prevent blisters and I’m sold.
  • (P) Morphie Battery case. It seems like minutes go by and my iPhone is already dead; this rechargeable case is perfect for those always on-the-go. Gyms tend to drain batteries and that’s the last thing you want to come back to after a workout!
  • (C) Hairtie ball. This is a low-cost and fun gift to give to someone with long hair! I’m always scrambling around to find hairties; this ensures I know exactly where I can find one.

Hairtie ball

If you’re scrambling to find last-minute gifts for gym rats, have no fear..it’s nothing more than a couple of clicks away… :).

Day 34

6 Jul

 ↑ This is what happens after a glorious 3.5 mile plyo-interval run ↓

I should probably think of a new way to wear my hair, especially if I’m jumping and running around like a crazy person at 6am! Any suggestions from my fellow long-haired exercisers? I would love to be gifted enough to braid my hair but..it never looks attractive.

The run: Lake Johnson has mile-markers every 1/4 mile around the trail so you can track your distance if you don’t use Nike+ or a Garmin. I got to thinking, how can I use this to my advantage? It’s too hot to run longer than 30 minutes and I wanted to get some lower body plyometrics in before I taught Body Sculpt. Aha! At every marker, complete 20-ish reps of plyo exercises, then continue running. Here’s how the workout looked (I started at the 1 mile marker):

  1. 1 mile= squat jumps
  2. 1.25 miles= jump-switch lunges
  3. 1.5 miles= plie squat jumps
  4. 1.75 miles= right jump lunges, left jump lunges
  5. 2 miles= star jumps
  6. 2.25 miles= mountain climbers
  7. 2.5 miles= speed skaters
  8. 2.75 miles= plank jacks
  9. 3 miles= 2-pulse squats, 180 jump, 2-pulse squats
  10. 3.25 miles= 10 burpees
  11. 3.5 miles= 10 burpees
  12. .25 mile= squat jumps
  13. .5 mile= jump-switch lunges
  14. .75 mile= plank jacks

Breakfast quickly followed; a first for me, OIAJ! I finally, and sadly, ate the cookie butter down to just the right amount so I can use the jar and put the oats, yogurt, almond milk, and vanilla extract in for the highly acclaimed-bloggers’ breakfast:

I may have overfilled it a tad, but the more the merrier 🙂 That was a lip-smacker. Mhm..

I taught Body Sculpt today, nothing cray-cray. Great class though!

Have a happy Friday and happier weekend!

Starbucks has Magic

12 Feb

I don’t know what Starbucks does to me but when I need to get work done, I simply drive myself to Starbucks, order a skinny caramel grande extra-extraextra hot, no foam and filled to the top latte, plug my computer in and get to workin’! 2 weeks left until Team FITNasty ventures to Virginia Tech for the 2012 Fitness Expo! I’ve put the finishing touches on my presentation and I owe it all to Starbucks (I’m sure the extraextra shot of espresso had nothing to do with my success ;))

I slept in till 9am which is unheard for me; usually my internal alarm clock has me up and moving at my prime-time7:30am on the weekends (so nice of her :))! I enjoyed the extra sleep after the past 2 nights of out with friends 

  (buh-bye bangs)

and a Sweetheart Ball with Bobby!

A long-ish run was on the menu today; it’s chilly but the sun made up for it! Do you use to Nike Plus app? I’ve used it for at least 4 years and now matter how many times I recalibrate it, it’s never accurate! I’ve known this but still continue to use it; it’s a great tool to keep track of my runs.

Thank goodness for my Garmin! 9.4405 miles in 1:17..not too shabby ;). Have a fabulous Sunday night watching the Grammy Awards!