Favorite Workout Gear

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              hoodie / shorts / tights / shoes / short sleeve shirt / sports bra / long sleeve

As any fitness guru, I have my favorite go to gear. I’m not a person who splurges on Lululemon clothing when I can get just as much comfort from Adidas, Under Armor, or Nike. So, posted above is some affordable running gear that hopefully you will find just as great as I do!

And with that, I’m going to say happy weekend, readers! I’m off to enjoy some family time with my wonderful husband and daughters.

Winter Workout Ideas

With the cold winter months having set in, I sometimes find it hard to get the motivation to go outside for a run. It takes even more gumption to bundle the girls up and put them in the jogger. So, I’ve found a few ways to workout inside, which excites this girl who hates the cold. I swear I was meant to grow up in Key West or something instead of Michigan.

Anyway, I wanted to pass these ideas on to you in case you wanted some workouts that don’t include getting frostbite.

1. TRX. This workout was created by a Navy SEAL. You can read more about it hereAnd the awesome thing? You can take it with you on any trip, too! It was designed to be used in hotel rooms or anywhere that’s hard to get to a gym. Fair warning: your core and muscles will be thoroughly worked out. But, that’s what we want, right? Adam takes his on deployments on the carrier with him.

2. P90x {or any home workout video}: Another great workout. Tony Horton is serious out his fitness. I know – I’ve worked out with him before! {he’s much shorter than you would think}

3. Quick Workouts {for those with limited time}: I do this workout as a “strength workout” after a run sometimes. You could add a few more cardio moves with it and it could be a full workout:

50 Jumping jacks

5-10 push-ups {depending on level of fitness}

50 crunches

25 mountain climbers

30 second plank

15 lunges on each side

Repeat. Twice if you’re able to.

4. Treadmill running. Sorry, I had to say it. As much as I hate the treadmill, it is an option. This is pretty much my last resort, but hey, it’s at least it’s there.

Today is the first day since I’ve been sick that I’m getting back out there to workout and I’m pretty stoked. I hate taking days off, but I know when my body is crying “uncle.”

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Running Tunes

As many of you probably know, I love running.

I’m currently training for a Frostbite half marathon in January (maybe this will help ensure I don’t gain the holiday weight?), and as with most runners, I love a good song to pump me up and keep me going on those long, monotonous runs.

Yesterday, it was down-pouring most the day, which meant I had to do part of my run on the treadmill (which I affectionately call the dreadmill). While I was pushing through those grueling miles, I thankfully had my power songs to help keep my tempo up and finish strong.

I thought I would share my go-to songs and in turn, you could share some of yours so I can add more to my ever-growing list!

My current top ten workout songs:

1. The Cave (Mumford and Sons)   Seriously, its got the best beat! My current fav. 

2. Good Feeling (Flo Rida)

3. I Won’t Back Down (Blake Shelton and Dia Frampton)   I prefer this to the original by Tom Petty – my husband thinks I’m committing a sin by saying that… 

4. Just Dance (Lady Gaga)

5. Party Rock Anthem (LMFOA)

6. Show Me What I’m Looking For (Carolina Liar)  Slower song, but still love it! 

7. Breaking (Anberlin)

8. Chicken Fried (Zac Brown Band)

9. Meet Me Halfway (the Black Eyed Peas)

10. Your Love is My Drug (Ke$ha)

I would love to hear what tunes you love to work out to!

Products I like:: #1

I was blog surfing the other night (one of many things I look forward to doing after the girls are in bed — that, and eating chocolate) and saw a really cool idea that I will be adopting for this blog. The blogger had a tab on products that she likes. Once she comes across something that she will definitely be using again, eating again, etc, she then blogs about it and keeps a nifty little tab at the top where you can browse at your leisure.

So, consider this my first “Products I like” post.

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The BOB double stroller is one of my all-time favorite things that I own right now. I know I’ve talked about it in a previous post, but I can’t have a Products I Like tab and not include this! I seriously would be heartbroken (and lost!) if something happened to this stroller.

I run a lot throughout the week (currently 40-50 miles per week to give you an idea) pushing my girls in this stroller. They love it. I love it. It is completely worth the money and I have gotten at least 5 other people to purchase a BOB stroller as well. (I really should get paid from the company every time I convince someone to purchase one of their strollers!) If you are a runner, or just looking for a good stroller to hold over for years and years, I would suggest getting a BOB. It is top rated amongst running moms.

I bought the single BOB Ironman in 2010 right after Brooklyn was born, and purchased the duallie BOB revolution this year. Both are still in great condition and I plan to hang on to these for years to come!

*I am not being paid to write these posts. They are purely my opinions on products that I come across and love.