Health & Fitness

By Jamie Allison Sanders

Now that the annoying people with New Years resolutions to lose weight have stopped going to the gym, you can finally get your workout on in peace. Here’s a roundup of items to get your heart rate up in a flash.

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A good pair of running shoes is hard to find – unless you’ve got the MBT Chapa Azul on hand. Crafted with the patented Masai Sensor in the sole, these babies keep your feet cool with a 3D mesh liner. We’re betting the sweet turquoise detailing will make you come running.

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Sometimes eating a full meal before a workout just isn’t possible, especially if you’re heading straight from the office. But with the new Chocolate Raspberry and Berry Almond LUNAbar flavors, you’ll get a quick fix in a healthy way, since they include everything from soy rice crisps and organic soy beans to fiber and tons of Vitamins A, C and E. Best of all, you can get them by the box on LUNAbar’s website. Remember, these are meal replacements, and have as many calories as a candy bar, so they aren’t meant for constant snacks.

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Tired of lugging around your gym clothes all day and not looking stylish while you do it? Never fear – Gaiam’s Everything Fits Gym Bag is here! Available in either black or green, this roomy bag can be ordered directly on Gaiam’s website. Not only is this bag super-chic and useful, but it’s also made from recycled materials so you’re doing your body and the Earth a favor.

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Running can be a pain in the … well, you get the point. But somehow we’re willing to overlook the shortness of breath and stitches in our side if it means we can sport the new Adilibra Wind Jacket by Adidas. The sleeves are ventilated, while the body is designed with moisture-wicking ClimaProof™ and muscle-supporting For Motion™ technology. There’s even a routing pocket for your music player.

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We’re so over the baggy T-shirt and shorts look we keep seeing at the gym. But what other options do we have? The new Cardio Top by Puma definitely caught our eye. Its subtly draped silhouette is impossibly chic while still totally functional – and since it’s crafted with an inner sports bra and moisture management, it’s perfect for everything from yoga to cardio.

Originally published March 2008
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