Shock To The System
Have you ever been to the gym in January? It’s horrendous. No wonder so many people that make New Year’s resolutions to get fit often abandon ship after a few short weeks. No one wants to be that close to that many sweaty people…that being said, if you do have the ambition and dedication to keep logging hours on that treadmill, I applaud you – especially YOU, my readers, since so many of you logged fitness & nutrition goals as your New Year’s Resolutions in the posts I’ve asked you about them. It’s not easy to get fit and stay fit, but here are my top three ideas to help inspire y’all:
1) Grab a buddy. You’ve probably heard it before, but it bears repeating. Having someone hold you accountable is key to getting off the couch. Make a pledge to not only set workout dates, but also to email each other food logs, share exercise Pins on Pinterest, or initiate a reward system: if you both do three workouts you can grab smoothies together this weekend.
2) Write it down. It might seem counter-intuitive to write when you’re focused on fitness, but the best way to be honest with yourself is to actually document your weekly progress. Whether you track what you eat each day (trust me, seeing that bag of jellybeans next to a plate of fries will make your stomach turn when written in ink) or jot down how many workouts you complete on a weekly basis, make yourself accountable.
3) Create incentives. Maybe you have somebody in your life that’s completing a workout program and you want to motivate them. Buy them a gift each month if they hit certain goals. Or make your wife super pumped to show off some new gear by splurging on a few kickoff items this month. Like say…the ones featured in this post!
And with that, I’ve created five awesome fitness gift packages to increase your heart rate at first glance. Enjoy!
For the Hard Body Babe
I’m not talking about you know, crazy bodybuilders here. I’m talking about the girl who’s fitness preference is to run 30 on the treadmill, take a step class, or even run her own at-home program with weights and cables. If she’s working up a sweat in the gym, the Shock Absorber Gym Bra ($68) is the perfect multi-use support system to keep the girls in check. The cherry red stripes add a fun splash of fashion while the extreme support, headphone wire holder, and moisture-wicking fabric spell performance when you need it. Finish off your look with a slip resistant headband from Sweaty Bands ($15) and these crazy colourful kicks from Asics ($149) to draw attention to more than just your slammin’ six pack. On the road to that dream body? A set of free weights ($56) ensures you’ll never have an excuse to not flex those muscles, and no trainer is more motivating than tough-as-nails Jillian Michaels – try her Body Revolution program ($120) and be dazzled by the change in your fitness level.
For the Yoga Goddess
If she’s all about channeling her inner namaste, pick up a yoga-inspired gift to make her weekly stretch & flex sessions that much more enjoyable. I’m all about feeling comfortable in your body when holding those sometimes-awkward-poses, hence why the Shock Absorber Active Sports Padded Bra ($57) strikes me as a versatile choice. The inner layer is super soft and has a padded hook & eye closure so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing one of those strangling sports bras, but it also features a high level of support to keep you in check during downward facing dog. Also helpful? Yoga spats ($25) to keep your legs warm during cooling practices, and cosy after you’ve stretched those muscles like taffy using your Energetics Eco Yoga Kit ($47.99). Wrap up your practice by tucking everything into your drool-worthy Take Me With You Tote from lululemon ($148) and a cup of Yogi Tea ($5.95).
For the Tennis Ace
If she’s a Williams-in-training, she’ll know a good way to intimidate her opponents is as much about her killer slice as it is her kick ass gear. The Shock Absorber Active Multi-Sports Bra ($67) makes a bold statement with primary colours, an easy-on racerback for extra support when you’re hustling on the clay, and padded straps to cushion your shoulders as you whip the ball down the court. It also pairs perfectly with the other tennis fashionista items I picked out – like this flattering Pleated Knit Dress ($100) and complementary Vapour 9 shoes ($159), both by Nike. Really ramp up the style quotient with one of Court Couture’s gorgeous bags that come with their own matching cosmetics tote, like the plum python-embossed Cassanova style ($219) pictured here, or a pack of leopard print balls ($22) so you never lose sight of yours.
Sometimes it’s just about you and the ground under your feet. Whether you’re an all-terrain kind of trekker or an indoor track stormer or a neighbourhood jog jockey, there’s still a few basics that should be part of your running gear arsenal. First and foremost? A sports bra with insane support, like the Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra ($69), tested and proven to reduce bounce by up to 78% (versus no bra) thanks to its Infinity-8 support system, soft, seamless inner to reduce chafing for those long-distance excursions, and non-slip, wide straps. If you’re one of those crazy kids that runs in the winter, you’ll want to pair it with some of Under Armour’s stylish winter-performance Fly-by Turtleneck ($69), and invest in a new pair of kicks while you’re at it, like this crazy pair of Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8 Running Shoes ($179). Keep your feet dry no matter what the conditions with a pair of moisture-wicking no show socks ($13.99 for 3), and keep on top of your pulse with this large screen heart rate monitor ($160).
Dance workouts have really taken off in the last few years – and for good reason. If you can’t bring yourself to swing that kettlebell or strap on those cross-trainers, you can’t possibly say no to a little rump shaking and toe tapping for a good, clean cardio burn can you? Even the Shock Absorber Active Classic Support Bra ($49) is designed to make you feel like you’re slipping into something a little more comfortable – it looks and feels like your everyday undergarments but still offers sports performance and tip top support. It’ll also look sassy under the endless collection of Zumba wear, which I secretly adore because really, what other fitness activity is cracktastic enough to suggest you don a fringe tank ($29) whilst rocking out to something like the Latin Cardio Party DVD ($9.49)? And hey dancing queens, don’t forget to add some accessories to the mix. This all-natural deodorant cream from Soapwalla ($12.99) packs a serious performance punch in a little container, to keep you from sweatin’ to the oldies, while I adore this dance water bottle ($17.99) twist on the oft-repeated ‘Keep Calm’ refrain to help you stay hydrated.
1) Leave a comment by February 2nd with the Shock Absorber bra you’d select if you were the winner + what fitness activity you’d use it for. Hint: use the ‘Find The Right Bra’ filter at the top of the page to sort by activity / size etc.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 3rd to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Like Shock Absorber on Facebook and leave ‘em a comment (with no obligation to talk about the CGG!) to earn yourself a bonus entry.