Pandemic Fitness Favorites!

During the pandemic, we have all had to make the transition to at-home workouts! If you’re an avid gym-goer like me, this adjustment has been far from easy…but nonetheless we make it work. I have successfully transformed my dining room into my personal fitness studio. It has become my new “happy place” in the house!

Naturally, my workouts have changed quite a bit considering I don’t have full weight rack and a treadmill at home. I must admit that I was anxious at first knowing that I would be without some equipment that I always utilize at the gym; however, I have truly been having a great time trying new workouts and challenging myself in different ways. With the implementation of new workouts, the need for better (and more) at-home fitness equipment has come.

Below, I am rounding up some of the fitness equipment investments that I have made throughout the pandemic! These products have changed the quality of workouts that I am having in a drastic way. I am so excited to share these incredible finds with you!

Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat 

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During this time, I have been taking lots of yoga, barre and pilates classes online…all of which require a yoga mat! I had a yoga mat previously, but it was cheap, thin and not great for my back and knees…not to mention that I was also slipping and sliding during workouts. I knew that I couldn’t go on like this, so I decided to invest in a Manduka yoga mat; a brand that is loved and trusted by yogi’s all over the world.

Now that I have been practicing on this mat for 3 months, I cannot imagine ever using another mat. The ProLite has incredible cushion for maximum comfort and performance grip to prevent slipping and sliding! The mat is also crafted with closed cell construction so that sweat and bacteria doesn’t get trapped in your mat ensuring that it stays smelling fresh. Lastly, Manduka mats are made in an emissions-free facility so it is safe and ethical. No wonder why the ProLite has a lifetime guarantee! This is an investment that you will not regret…you’ll always need a yoga mat!

Manduka x YogiToes Yoga Towel 

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Now that I have a Yoga Towel, I cannot imagine practicing without one! A yoga towel is a thin towel that you place over your yoga mat to further prevent slipping and sliding. Many people that practice hot yoga use this because it is a very sweaty workout. My barre and pilates class have me dripping, so I needed some extra slip and slide prevention… this yoga towel did the trick!

The YogiToes towel has slip-prevention technology, is lightweight, absorbent and drys very quickly! There are silicon dots on the back of the towel that grip to the yoga mat, ensuring that the towel stays in place during your workout. This towel is also eco-friendly, as it is made with at least 4 recycled plastic bottles! I feel really good about investing my money in a product that is very eco-conscious and is reputable. There are tons of fun colors and patterns to choose from to spice up your yoga mat and keep you in place during your workout!

Saucony Freedom ISO 2 Running Shoe

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If you know me, running is kinda my thing! I took up running a few years ago when my family rented a beach house and there was no gym…I had to get my workout in somehow! From then on, I never looked back. From years of experience, I have learned that a runner’s best friend is a good pair of sneakers. Luckily, I have a professional running store close to my house, and was able to get fitted (before the pandemic) based on my running style (neutral) and foot in order to find my perfect shoe!

And perfect is definitely what I found. I truly cannot think of one thing that I don’t like about the Freedom Iso 2’s. The knitted material of the shoe makes it super lightweight and airy! It is designed equally for road running (which is solely what I have been doing), and the gym, when it is safe to return. The sole of the shoe has an “EVERUN” technology that provides a great bounce. Not only does this shoe carry me effortlessly through each stride, it also provides exceptional comfort while doing so.

Gaiam Mini Loop Resistance Bands 

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Before the pandemic, I never worked with loop bands…and boy, was I missing out! These resistance bands elevate the intensity of your workout tenfold. Not to mention that they leave you sore for days! Barre workouts have become a new passion for me, and slipping these bands over my thighs during my workouts have been a huge game changer for me.

If you love an added challenge to your workout like I do, getting some resistance bands does the trick. I have seen my strength transform because of my consistent work with these resistance bands. There’s a plethora of workouts that you can easily find on YouTube that are designed around the use of loop bands alone. You won’t regret adding this equipment to your fitness collection, and you won’t regret seeing your body transform!

I hope that you all enjoyed this roundup of my pandemic fitness favorites! Stay safe and healthy.

xo, Lexie

 

Fitness Favorites!

2019 is here! What better way to embrace the new year than with some great workout gear!? There’s no denying the fact that with a new year, comes new goals and resolutions…a ton of them involving health and fitness. I’ve never necessarily been one to set a resolution; if I want to do something or work on something, I’ll get started on it right away. Coincidentally, last January, I went out for coffee on a Friday afternoon with my friend Carmen. Somehow, fitness and exercise came up in conversation and she mentioned the fact that she works out 6 days a week! In my mind I was like…whoa, that’s a lot of exercise! I thought to myself, if Carmen can work out that much, so can I. After our conversation, Carmen asked me to join her for a workout and the rest was history! I made a commitment to myself that I would get healthy and exercise. They say the best things in life come when you are least expecting it, and this unintentional New Years resolution was surely it for me! Here I am, a year later, continually working out every single day. Transforming my body has allowed me to feel confident in myself for the first time in my life. Through exercise, I have been able to strengthen my mind, body and spirit. The greatest reward however, has been growing my relationship with God through exercise and treating my body with the respect it deserves! Below I am going to be highlighting all of my fitness favorites to help you continue/start on a path that honors your body!

Headphones: Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones

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When I first started my fitness journey I couldn’t seem to find headphones that allowed me to thoroughly enjoy my workout. My Apple EarPods would slip out as soon as I worked up a sweat and my Beats Solo3 headphones were too bulky for my runs. I researched a ton about the best wireless headphones that were sweat/water resistant so I didn’t have to worry about them slipping out, were ultra lightweight and had a lasting battery life. I finally decided on getting Jaybirds and to date, they were one of my best purchases I have ever made! The headphones connect to your phone through bluetooth and there is an app that allows you to see the exact battery percentage of the headphones. In addition to that, you can customize the sound of your headphones depending on your workout and there are even playlists to choose from! As a runner, the battery lasts me through a couple 9 mile runs without a charge in between which is awesome! It also warns you when it is about to die which is a huge perk.

Running Sneakers: Brooks Ghost 11

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This summer I took up running and it was seriously love at first stride. When my family rented a beach house, I initially freaked out because I wasn’t sure how I was going to get my cardio in. I knew that my only option on the Island was to run, so the very first morning I laced up my sneakers and hit the pavement. I was shocked how free it made me feel. Every step further felt amazing and when I looked behind me to see how far I had gotten, I was shocked. My very first run was 3.5 miles and the natural high that I got afterwards was truly unmatched. After a week of running, I didn’t want to give it up just because I left the Island. I continued/continue to run a local trail at home and have worked up to running between 9-9.5 miles! I invested in good running sneakers and my Brooks feel light as air. They are comfortable, cushioning, and even have a spring-like ball embedded in the shoe to allow for an extra boost with every stride you make, resulting in a better and longer run. I love how this company is dedicated to creating running shoes alone, showing that they truly care and craft their shoes special for runners. I seriously can’t recommend this shoe enough!

Running Socks: Feetures High Performance Running Socks

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If you’re a runner, you know that blisters are inevitable. A lot of times, we are quick to jump to the conclusion that we are getting blisters because of our sneakers but that is not necessarily the case. For me, it was because of the socks I was wearing. Feetures socks have completely changed the game. They mold to my foot helping to prevent blisters, provide proper cushioning and breathability, and are moisture resistant thanks the wick fibers. They even have a seamless toe to prevent irritation. At only $12 a pair, you will definitely want to stock up on these!

Cardio Sneakers: Nike Gym and Training Shoes

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On days when I’m not out running on the trail, I am in the gym on cardio machines! It is imperative to have the proper sneakers when switching to different style of workouts to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself or strain a muscle. I’m a huge fan of the elliptical, and I found the perfect Cardio sneakers that give me a boost during my workout! The Nike gym and training shoes are lightweight, sleek, comfortable and great for intense cardio workouts both indoor and outdoor, making these very versatile sneakers!

Workout Wear: Old Navy Active

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I may or may not have a slight obsession with Old Navy Activewear! The students working at my college mailroom are even starting to notice…opps!? The quality of their clothing is insane considering how affordable it is. My favorite leggings are the 7/8 high waisted compression leggings! They are incredibly flattering, suck you in and hug all the right places. They make me feel so confident before, during and after my workout. I have them in so many different colors and patterns and am slowly building up my collection. In addition to the leggings, I love their medium support sport bras. They are great for my cardio workouts and my runs. I love how they match the colors and patterns of the leggings so that I always have great workout sets. Their tanks are awesome and have the same moisture wicking fiber as in the leggings. Old Navy refers to this as the “Go Dry” technology so you don’t have to worry about sweating through your clothes during your workout. I also have a bunch of athletic jackets that I pop over my sports bras/tanks after my workout to keep me warm during the cold months. I seriously peek at their website AT LEAST 3 times a week to see the new merchandise. You have to go check it out!

I’m ecstatic about incorporating more fitness based content into this blog and hope that y’all are too! I hope that this post gave you some motivation or inspiration to try/buy something new. It’s your year…do this for YOU!

XO, Lexie