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Fab Finds Friday – The Fitness Edition

Another week down – and only a few more to go before most of us have a bit of vacation time! The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, but for many they are also an excuse to let your usual healthy diet go out the window [and why not, we all deserve a few treats every once in a while]. Today’s fabulous finds will have you eager to hit the pavement or join a class before the New Year’s Resolution gym go-ers take over.

If you live in a cooler climate – the brisk run gloves and pullover jacket are absolutely essential. The jacket is down filled but extremely lightweight. I have used it to run in -15 degree weather with nothing but a tank top underneath and I felt great. If you don’t need to battle such harsh conditions, this jacket has zippered vents under the arms to let some of the hot air escape. The gloves are made with touchscreen friendly finger tips so that you can change songs/call a friend/text/map your run/or whatever else you can possibly think of doing with your phone without skipping a beat. Your hands and fingers will love you for keeping them bundled up and protected from the cold.

For those of you that prefer working out indoors – a water bottle with build in key and money storage spot is such a handy item to have. I have been known to leave my keys and gym membership card lying around by the weights [more often than I’d like to admit] but I am not one to forget my water bottle. This clever product makes it easier to keep your belongings secure while you’re busy focusing on pumping some serious iron!

If you’ve ever stepped foot into a gym locker room, you’ll know how essential the sink shower travel kit is. You couldn’t pay me to leave anything on the ground in the change room, let alone in the showers. This shower caddy doubles as a bag for make up and hair accessories and has metal feet to keep it off the floor. It is always nice to have things organized – especially when you’re rushing to get to work after an early morning gym session.

I think it goes without saying that sports bras are an essential item for the fitness fanatic. This Reebok bra top is well made and feel comfortable against your skin. I know that finding the perfect sports bra is quite an individual task – however, this is the one I find fits me the best and the pop of colour is a nice surprise when I’m getting ready for my 6AM workouts.

So you’ve got your gear, you’ve worked out – and now you’re walking around like a zombie-penguin. The dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) has kicked in. You’re best bet it to use the trigger point grid foam roller to release any tension in your body. With varying widths and three densities, you’ll find the perfect spot to roll out any stiff parts. I won’t lie – it isn’t a pleasant experience, but the benefits are worth it.

Now all you need to do is lace up your runners and get your heart rate up! Try it this weekend – you’ll be glad you did!