Can you believe 2016 is here and in full effect? How are those health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Are you maintaining a regular exercise routine? Have you reduced the amount of red meat in your diet? Have you cut back on your sugar intake?
If so, it’s a great time to start rewarding your hard-earned efforts!
Now, you might be tempted to treat yourself to a 16-ounce Porterhouse steak, a box of your favorite chocolates, or other decadent foods. Definitely not a good idea, as using food as a reward feeds the notion that your newfound discipline is a temporary behavior rather than a lifestyle change.
Instead, I encourage you to reward yourself with tangible items that support your long-term commitment to staying healthy and fit. So, if you’re in need of some good ideas, here are my top 6 versatile picks for celebrating your achievements so far!
Acel Graduated Compression Socks
If you regularly engage in running, cycling, strength training or any other forms of physical activity ACEL graduated compression socks are a must have! The circulation-enhancing effects of these socks can greatly support your workout efforts by increasing your stamina and energy levels, preventing muscle cramps, and speeding recovery time after highly intense activities.
I started sporting the ACEL brand while training for The North Face Endurance Challenge and can personally attest to dramatic reductions in the severity of my muscle soreness after each wear. In addition to their performance-enhancing effects, ACEL graduated compression socks also address common complications caused by medical conditions like varicose veins and diabetes.
Vionic Fyn Active Sneakers
I’ve gone through many brands of active footwear but Vionic shoes are one of only a few lines to strike the perfect balance between comfort, functionality, and flair. The brand’s recently introduced “Fyn” has become one of my new favorite leisure walking shoes and they’re simply perfect for everyday wear.
In addition to Vionic’s podiatrist-designed Active Motion System (AMS) technology, this style includes a sturdy, impact-resistant midsole, improved rubber tread for added traction, and enhanced mesh upper support for breathability and flexibility. Find out if these shoes are right for you by visiting VionicShoes.com for a free 30-day wear test.
“225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes” Cookbook
When it comes to preparing healthy foods at home time is definitely of the essence. So, if you’re looking for a workable way to get more nutritional bang for your buck in a relatively short amount of time, I highly recommend investing in a pressure cooker and picking up a copy of “225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes” to go with it!
Created by Cinda Chavich, this cookbook houses a collection of vibrant and flavorful recipes that can be created in minutes. Whether you prefer meats, seafood, vegetables or vegetarian dishes, “225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes” is totally ideal for cooking up a big batch of something healthy for dinner and freezing the leftovers for later.
Ridgemont Outfitters Monty Lo Hiking Shoe
Hiking is one of those out-of-the-box activities that feel less like exercise and more like good ole fashioned fun making it a great way to break the monotony of your regular workout routine. However, choosing the right pair of shoes is critical for maximizing your overall hiking experience. There are, of course, tons of different options available including the newly branded “Monty“, which I highly recommend trying.
Launched by Ridgemont Outfitters, the “Monty” shoe features a classic fabric silhouette with suede reinforcement, dense rubber soles, and semi-aggressive tread patterns that provide good traction and stability on rugged terrain. After having worn these shoes during a winter hike, I can really appreciate their comfort, durability and lightweight nature. To me, they actually feel a lot like trail running shoes making them perfect for multipurpose wear.
FXP Hula Hoop System
For continued results with exercise training, it’s important to switch up your routine from time to time. Hula hooping is an excellent way to do this! For a low-impact yet highly intense full body workout, I recommend the FXP Hula Hoop Fitness System, which includes a retractable hula hoop, carrying bag, exercise guide, and a DVD workout.
Since hula hooping involves rapid and repetitive back-and-forth swinging motions about the waist and other joints (hips, knee and ankles) you can burn a generous amount of calories (200-250 calories in 30 minutes) while doing so. Even if you can’t hoop the workouts offered by FXP are great for core, strength and interval training.
If you’re regularly using a Fitbit, Misfit, Jawbone or other similar fitness tracker, I’m sure you’ll agree that they aren’t the most stylish devices. Luckily, FUNKtional Wearables are where fitness meets fashion! FUNKtional Wearables are essentially a line of creative jewelry specifically designed to hide fitness trackers allowing you to accurately monitor your progress while ditching the unfashionable plastic wristband or clip.
Among my favorites is the “BRIANNA in Hematite“, which is a hammered metal bangle bracelet that’s versatile enough to accent virtually any outfit. Amazon has a ton of styles you can choose from in a range of economical price points so you’re bound to find one you like.
And there you have it: My top 6 versatile picks for rewarding your health and fitness achievements. No matter how big or small your accomplishments are hard work is ultimately what matters most. You’re putting in the work and you’re seeing some real results so it’s about time you start celebrating every little milestone. The products I’ve mentioned here can help you do just that while also supporting your continued success.
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.