Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top 10 Gifts For the Runner in Your Life - 2014

Here is my annual top ten list of gifts for runners. For even more ideas don't forget to take a look at my Fit Favorites Shop. Lots of great gift ideas for that runner in your life!

1. Running ornaments:
My friend and I designed these ceramic ornaments that we are selling on our Etsy website so of course I think they are great but any runner would love a running specific ornament! Great for stocking stuffers and we are also donating 10% of all ornament sales to a local Crisis Nursery.

2. Stay hydrated:
It's so important for athletes to stay hydrated during the day even when not working out. Do it in style with one of these beautiful hand painted textile collection water bottles from S'well.

3. Runner's Read:
Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally: A must read for runners, this book will help your runner empower themselves against injuries and improve performance.

4. Running Top: 
Runners can always use another wicking long sleeve top for winter. Make your gift a bit more unique with a fun print!

                        Ania Top                                        Nike Pro Hyperwarm Embossed Crew


5. Gloves: 
Running specific gloves will keep your runner warm but not overheated with special breathable fabric like the pretty Under Armour Cold Gear Infared Gloves shown below.  The Torch LED Gloves have a cool added feature with an integrated LED light for added safety.

6. Great Bag:
Runners never splurge on bags for themselves but they always come in handy!
Nike C72 Legend 2.0 Bag

7. Pain Relief:
Doctor Hoy's Pain Relief Gel  comes highly recommended as an all-natural pain reliever that can soothe your runners joints, muscles or feet.

8. Take Care of Yourself: 
The 3Q MG-F18 Foot Massager features shiatsu massage, kneading massage, air pressure and heating all in one ultimate foot massage unitWith great reviews, your runner will kiss you for this one!

9. Pretty Pants: 
Tights are a must in winter and while most female runners have a basic black pair its always fun to get a pretty color or printed pair. (Even more styles in the Fit Favorites Shop tab above)

                                        Illusion3 Leggings               Animal Print Leggings              

10. Arm Warmers: 
One of my favorite running accessories although I love the fact that I can use them on the bike as well!

                    Nike 360 Dri-Fit Arm Sleeve               Smartwool PhD Knit Arm Warmer

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Best Workout Capris

I've worn a lot of different brands of workout capris over the years and probably own more than my fair share but I just love the seasonal versatility of them. Out of all the pairs I currently have, I find myself reaching for my Zella 'Live In' Reversible Capris first. With winter coming up I'll be grabbing a pair of the 'Live In' Reversible leggings as well.

They are not only comfortable but they wear well and look great. You can't go wrong with them and I'll tell you a little secret...order one size smaller than you would normally. Not because they run big (as your regular size will fit great too) but the smaller size just hugs and smoothes everything out. Trust me, they are like the Spanx of capris and you will love them even more if you have a post-baby body like me that will never be the same. However, whatever you decide regarding size, you will LOVE them!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fit Friday: Group Workouts to Gain Fitness

We all know working out with a group helps with accountability but I think the biggest benefit is a harder workout. More often than not when I ride/run/swim with others I go farther and/or faster than I otherwise would on my own. That means a group workout = more calories burned & fitness gained. I'll take that!

Below is a great cycling workout to do with a group of about 3-5 riders. The time will fly by as you catch up with your friends but you'll also get in a tough workout too!

Happy riding!

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Year's Resolution Motivation

New Year's Resolution Motivation

1. Namaste Seamless Bra - soft, comfortable and a fan favorite
2. Space Dyed Workout Capris - pretty print at a bargain price
3. Magic Carpet Yoga Mat - love these gorgeous work of art yoga mats made by my friends daughter
4. Nike Gym Vintage Capri Pants - lightweight, comfy, relaxed fit pants
5. Chi Top - made with a special un-stinkable lightweight fabric
6. Roper Flower Print Zip Vest - keep your core warm with this cute printed vest
7. FitBook Fitness Journal - Track your nutrition, fitness and weight loss goals. Research shows that people who write down their goals are more likely to stick to them!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Slow Cooker Savior: Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

I mentioned in my post "Changing How I Eat" that I would share some of the healthy recipes that I've been using.  The first one I wanted to share in 2014 is a delicious quinoa, chicken and kale soup.

I knew this week was going to be a tough one for us cooking-wise so I wanted to find something that was easy to cook and would also last a few days for lunches. I found this recipe from Cooking Classy and since we had most of the ingredients I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out great, was very healthy and best of all so easy to make. I hadn't cooked with my crock pot in a while but thank goodness for a slow cooker! The only thing I left out was the lemon juice simply because we didn't have a lemon on hand.

Here is the recipe again - I highly recommend it. Enjoy!