Health & Fitness

By Liz Laffont

There will always be a bevy of new products that promise to out perform the gear we have. But, when we embrace the new equipment, what happens to our old stand bys? The sneakers that ran us around Central Park’s Reservoir for hundreds of loop; the yoga blocks that helped us reach a little further? Beauty News has found several ways to give you a boost through innovative new equipment while giving your gear and the planet, the second chance they deserve.

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Ah treadmills. We’ve all experienced that numbing sensation in our feet when we hit mile three on that non- forgiving, rotating belt. No more. ASICS has come to the rescue, developing a new sneaker, appropriately named “Gel-Treadmill Trainer,” made especially for, you guessed it, treadmills! The shoe is engineered to optimize our performance on treadmills, thanks to extra cushioning sole vents that increase air circulation. To make room for your new sneakers, send your old ones to Nike, no matter what brand they are, and participate in their Reuse-A-Shoe program. For over a decade Nike has been grinding up old sneakers in an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. The recycled sneakers are turned into sport surfaces that are donated to communities that don’t have areas for children to play sports. Now that’s going the extra mile in your sneaks!

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It’s come to our attention that the bottled water may have a negative impact on the environment. So think carefully before purchasing those oh so convenient but oh so non biodegradable, little purse size bottles. Next time you pack your gym bag; don’t reach for water bottled from somewhere far away. Feel good about drinking healthy, pure, New York City tap water from the Avon Breast Cancer Run/Walk Sport Bottle. Help save the environment and feel good knowing that 68 % of the purchase price from this sporty little bottle, go towards helping to find a cure for breast cancer.

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We’re bending over backwards for this new take on the yoga pant by Be Present. Made in an incredibly breathable nylon/cotton/spandex material called “Breathe Weave”, these colorful vented pants with pretty lotus flower embroidery wick away moisture from your body no matter how sweatsoaked you become during your Bikram or Ashtanga practice. To make room for these new threads, clean out your yoga bag and donate gear to Bent on Learning. This New York City non-profit teaches yoga to public school children (grades K-12) in order to help them strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills through physical fitness and meditation.

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Specialized has just launched a new line of bikes for women called D4M (Design for Women). There’s always been a difference in bikes for men and women, but the differences usually stop at the seat. From the weight to the positioning of the handlebars and frame, the Vita Multi Sport Bike is the perfect blend of innovations for riders who are looking for a quick ride to work or an afternoon on the West Side Highway Bike trail. For all the ladies who already have a not so gender-friendly bike, donate your old one to Recycle-A-Bicycle which provides bike training and environmental education in New York City public schools to promote everyday bicycle riding to lessen the environmental impact of gas guzzling traffic on the city.

Originally published September 2007
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