Resolutions - Working Out

January 15, 2015

Ok – so I’ve got my downtown healthy eating plan set (if you haven’t read it, check it out here). Now moving into another resolution of mine, getting more exercise. I usually make it to the gym about 3x per week but in 2015 I want to step up my game and increase the amount of activity I get daily. Cornwall Centre can help me with stylish exercise gear for both indoor and outdoor use.

lululemon

I love lululemon. I do. When they came to Regina I was thrilled. Their Cornwall Centre location has amazing staff; I enjoy every visit I make. I trust lululemon – they work really hard to bring their customers high quality, comfortable, functional and stylish athletic apparel. Among the many innovative materials lululemon uses is their signature fabric called Luon. It wicks away sweat, is breathable, soft and has 4-way stretch.

They’ve also recently introduced Silverescent® fabric technology. The positive ions in Silver are attracted to the naturally occurring, negatively charged bacteria on your body that feed on sweat and create that stinky athletic aroma that builds up in your workout clothes over time. The Silverescent fabric is a stink-conquering technology woven into the very fabric of your favourite workout clothes. And it will never wash out or stop working.

I buy lululemon clothing for myself and my husband for both working out and for booting around town doing errands. Visit their website for tons of information including help with goal setting; their blog full of tasty recipes, exercise tips and more; product care, and to browse their product line.

Gap

GapFit is Gap’s line of hi-tech gear designed with both performance and figure enhancing in mind. The Fit line is for women, and made with Gap’s exclusive signature perform fabric that’s breathable, sweat-wicking with 4-way stretch. From sport bras and leggings, tanks and capris, sweaters and long sleeve tops – the line has me covered for high and low intensity workouts. GapFit is a little more economical with most of the line ranging from $30-$80 but you can also find GapFit on sale.

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer is all about the outdoors. Now that our kids are a bit older, we’ve decided to take them sledding and skating, and for more outdoor walks this winter. Eddie Bauer provides technology-driven, performance fabrics. A Downlight® StormDown™ Jacket is perfect if you want something light-weight, warm and also wind and water resistant. An alternative, depending on your cold-tolerance, are Eddie Bauer’s range of Down Jackets which have weather ratings like Extreme Cold, tested to -29°C and Artic Cold, tested to -34°C. You’ll also find polar lined, insulated and water-proof pants to keep you covered while out in the snow.

Getting outdoors can also be a challenge when the sun goes down at 6PM! If I don’t get my kids ready before sunset, I sometimes let the lack of light be an excuse to stay indoors. I found some really great lighting options at Eddie Bauer to keep us safe and light up the night. The Nite Ize® SlapLit LED Slap Wrap is a high–visibility safety light made with a durable nylon band that has a reflective spider web design and it illuminates when you turn on the red LED. The band can be worn on your wrist, upper arm, ankle, or any tubular object and is ideal for walking, running, or cycling in low–light conditions. The battery (which comes included, bonus!) runs for 100 hours.

To throw in your pocket or attach to a zipper or bag, the Highgear® Fuse LED Micro Light can be set to high, low or flashing. I’m also thinking about getting my kids a headlamp; I know they would think it would be fun to wear. Find a couple styles of lightweight headlamps with both white and red lighting and numerous settings. An evening walk will feel more like an adventure. Let’s get outside!

Sears

While I do resolve to get outside more in 2015, I can’t deny just how cold Saskatchewan winters can get. When the cold spells sink in, I want a back-up plan so we’re turning part of our basement into a mini-gym. It will also be an excellent option to get up earlier than the kids and get my work out done for the day…can’t wait. Sears offers a really good selection of home gym equipment. Bowlfex machines, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals and weight rack systems if you have the room. Kettle bells, Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable dumbbells, punching bags and gloves, resistance tubes, and workout DVDs like P90X and Zumba Fitness if space is tight. Or get any combination of the above!

Footlocker

Wearing the right shoe is so important for a successful workout; I want to be able to push myself without risking injury.  At Footlocker, they sell every type of shoe you could need. Casual, training, running, or basketball, their staff helped me find the right pair for the types of activities I enjoy. I also appreciate that Footlocker is stocked with brands I trust like Adidas, Nike, Asics, New Balance, and Reebok.

After trying on a number of different fits and colours, I opted for the Nike Free 5.0. This shoe is ultra-lightweight, breathable and comfortable. The Nike Free styles are inspired by the bare foot so they also have a natural range of motion. I wear them to run and take Step and Zumba classes. I’m loving them!

2015 will be my healthiest year yet - how about you?

     

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