Hoopnotica starter kit
Envious of Michelle Obama’s trim waist? Now you can steal one of the First Lady’s workout secrets: Hula hooping! This kit from Hoopnotica includes a full-size hoop and an instructional DVD. Or choose from an astonishing variety of rainbow-striped hoops, lightweight neon hoops, glittery and glow-in-the-dark hoops, custom-designed hoops and even a hoop that breaks down for travel.
ViewSPORT tank top
No matter how much we love our fitness routine, we all have days when we need a little push. ViewSPORT workout apparel offers up incentive with sweat-activated technology that reveals motivational messages when the fabric gets damp. (They were designed by a third-year medical student and chemistry buff!) We love the cheeky sayings like, “Chase Me,” “Keep Calm and Run Strong” and “Born to Burpee.” What better reminder that perspiring is inspiring?
meSheeky Odette capri
For women who like their workout clothes to multitask (and who doesn’t?), meSheeky is a line of fitness wear with fashionable details. The Odette capris are the perfect length for cold-weather workouts, with a wide waistband and topstitching that flatter curves. Plus, the gathered hem with ties are an adorable addition. Available in 9 colors, from basics to pretty jewel tones.
Spinning DVD of the Month Club
There’s a reason home workouts can be tough to stick to—being stuck in the same place can be monotonous. A change of scenery now and then can work wonders for motivation. This monthly DVD series will mix up indoor cycling workouts with new fitness challenges as well as visuals, transporting you to locations like Ireland, the Rocky Mountains and sunny Southern California.
Saucony Ride 5
The latest version of Saucony’s popular neutral running shoe is lighter (8.6 oz), with a smaller heel-to-toe offset and improved flexibility. We liked the all-around performance of these kicks for both running and aerobics—as well as the way they can add a pop of neon to a casual jeans-and-sweater outfit on busy days.
An innovative but inexpensive gadget, the MOVband is more advanced than a pedometer but far cheaper than a heart-rate monitor. When strapped onto your wrist, this “activity monitor” measures movement of your entire body—not just legs—and translates it into a rough equivalent of miles. The device is charged with a simple USB adapter and easily snaps in and out of rubber wristbands available in a rainbow of colors.
Moving Comfort Urban Gym sweatshirt
Time to retire that ratty old hoodie. This cozy off-the-shoulder sweatshirt with a hint of shimmer is a much more stylish option for post-workout errands or lounging around the house on a chilly evening. A brushed lining holds in heat without adding bulk. Available in charcoal heather, gray heather and berry heather.
Headsweats SBR Race Hat
We love the cute graphics on this “swim bike run” hat for triathletes, but it’s highly practical, too. Headsweats hats use patented technology to wick away sweat, contain UV protection and have a black undervisor to reduce glare. The company also offers hats with graphics for marathoners, rowers, Tour de France fanatics and Ironman enthusiasts, as well as a line of plain colored toppers suitable for races and everyday practice.
Dr. Scholl’s Jamie sneakers
A perfect gift for a frequent traveller or busy mom, these sleek sneakers from Dr. Scholl’s could easily replace your worn-out pair of metallic ballet flats for a more supportive casual shoe. The removable insole has an egg-crate texture that give these shoes all-day comfort, and the elastic opening means you can slip them on with ease. Ribbon laces and the metallic color elevate these from a practical, fitness-friendly sneaker to a stylish accessory to help pull an outfit together.