What is your exercise activity of choice?
For me, it is running - because it's free, effective, and doesn't require a babysitter. I can just lace up my tennies, buckle my girls in the jogging stroller, and hit the pavement.
Walking is also one of my favorite forms of exercise. I like walking for miles and miles, especially when the scenery is beautiful and the weather is good. And I particularly like walking TO a destination - a post office, a cafe, an ice cream parlor, or a farmer's market. Unfortunately, I live in a neighborhood with a Walk Score of 6. We plan on moving within the next 5 years to rectify that.
I also enjoy dancing, hiking, and playing soccer & volleyball - although I don't get to do those activities often.
Almost all of my favorite activities require very little in terms of "equipment," but I thought I'd share a few fitness gadgets that I recently have had an opportunity to try:
FOR THE WALKER
Oregon Scientific AnyWear 3D Pedometer ($39.99, see below to win)
Apparently, experts recommend that people walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Do you? It's actually harder than you think to reach the "magic number" in our non-pedestrian society. What I do know is that this little device is slim, lightweight, easy-to-read, and super portable. The instruction manual definitely needs some help because it didn't explain how to find your stride length (I think Oregon Scientific needs to hire a new technical writer), but - fortunately - the device is relatively simple so I was still able to get everything set. This is a great "motivational" device because it's inspiring to be able to see your progress and make concrete goals about your activity level each day.
WalkStar III Jelly by FitFlops (~$59.99).
Get a workout while you walk! Yep. These shoes claim to tone and tighten your bum and legs. I think they probably do that more than your average shoe, but you'll still have to eat right and exercise if you want a slim and muscular physique. That said, I stand by the premise that "every little bit helps" and I'll take what I can get. I wear my FitFlops all the time, almost every day, in fact. Because they're comfortable and cute...and the promise of a shapely bottom certainly doesn't hurt either.
FOR THE RUNNER
V-MODA'S VIBE II headphones ($119.99).
Ooh. Stylish. Sassy. Superior Sound Quality. If you have an iPhone, an iPod, or Blackberry Bold/Curve/Storm, you'll likely appreciate these headphones. These sleek headphones even come with detachable sport earhooks for ease of use on-the-run.
The headphones are also equipped with a mic so that you can take and receive phone calls in high-definition.
Note: I can't speak to the longevity/durability of these headphones because I have had them for less than a month.
Note #2: The V-Moda website itself is rather dark and depressing. The images are anything but uplifting - scantily clad models with dark eyeshadow, girls with boas, topless poses, etc. I would definitely think more highly of the brand if they changed their "image" to one that inspires positivity and hope.
Question: do you use headphones when you run? I usually don't because I often run with my husband so we talk in between breathing (Clarification: I am trying to catch my breath, he is breathing the same as if he were watching a black-and-white drama with zero action in it. No fair!). When I run solo, I often appreciate the silence - the subtle swish-swish of the wind around me, the thump-thump of my feet on the sidewalk, the opportunity to pray. But if music motivates you, you'll likely enjoy having a good set of headphones in your running repertoire.
FOR THE OUTDOORS ADVENTURER
GoGirl ($6.99/single or $18.99/set of three, see below to win).
If you have ever been out in the wilderness with no bathroom in sight, then you'll probably appreciate this product. At first glance, it almost looks like a "joke" product, a gag gift, a super silly "white elephant" gift for those oft-dreaded Christmas exchanges. But it is actually quite a useful product for backpackers, rock climbers, campers, and international travelers. Without going into too many details, GoGirl allows you to pee standing up. I know you want to laugh out loud and tell someone about this ridiculous invention, but...I bet you'll think about it next time you find yourself in a place with no bathrooms (and you'll wish you had one).
YOUR TURN: What is your favorite fitness activity? What gadgets do you use (if any)?
WIN IT! One winner will receive an AnyWear 3D Pedometer from Oregon Scientific (or similar pedometer; actual device will be based on availability) AND a GoGirl Gift Pack, which includes a 3-pack plus a baseball cap and lip balm ($28.99). To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, August 25th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #112 Jammie. Congratulations!