These are a few of my favorite things (raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens… sorry I can’t not sing that song when I hear that line). They are mostly practical, but also with a little bit of fun…
Here is your Living Room Workout Club Holiday Fit Gift Guide!
Living Room Workout Basics
You can do a lot with out any equipment, but the most effective plans do involve some minimal equipment. You could buy all of these and set up a really efficient home gym for just over $50!
Resistance Bands are light and portable. My favorites are these from Black Mountain. They have a nice soft handle and come with a door anchor.
Dumbbells are another staple of an efficient workout routine. To best choose the weight, head over to Target or your local sporting goods store and play around. Choose a weight that you can lift over your head in an overhead shoulder press 15 times with good form on every repetition; on the 15 repetition it should feel difficult. If you can easily do 16 – 20, go up a size.
Ideally, get two sets. Get one as described and one more set the next size up. Shoulders tend to be the weaker muscle groups, especially in women, so you will use the lighter one for most shoulder exercises while the heavier weight can be used for most everything else. Or get this great starter set here.
Training with/on the ball is a great way to work your deep core stabilizing muscles. Just by sitting on the ball, you’re able to activate the stabilizer muscles and improve your posture. This is just one of many benefits to adding a stability ball to your workout routine.
Choose your stability ball based on your height:
If you are 5'0" - 5'4" you will require a 55cm (21.65in) Ball
If you are 5'5" - 5'11" you will require a 65cm (25.59in) Ball
If you are 6'0" - 6'3" you will require a 75cm (29.52in) Ball
If you are 6'4"+ you will require our a 85cm (33.46in) Ball
This one here comes with a pump.
Foam rolling is essentially self-deep-tissue-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. Foam rolling aids in the recovery of muscles and increases muscle mobility. Therefore, foam rolling can help you train harder, prevent injury, and even improve the look of your muscles. It's so beneficial, in fact, I incorporate it into the custom designed workouts in the Body After Baby Program.
I like the long ones (36 inches) because you can move around on the them more easily. Start with the regular foam ones before you upgrade to the harder plastic mold ones.
This one here is a great starter roller.
Healthy Habit Extras
These fun, yet practical little extras are a great addition to any healthy lifestyle.
Infusion water bottle
Ya’ll know how much I push hydration, but I also get how just drinking water all day can get boring. Instead of adding in artificial flavor or reaching for a sugary beverage, try infusing your water with fruit. This infusion water bottle makes it easy. Try it with strawberries or watermelon (my favs).
Travel Yoga Mat
This one is on my wish list this year! This two in one yoga mat can be used as an anti slip cover on a regular mat or one to keep on hand for easy travel (...and it’s machine washable).
Journaling was a hard habit for me to get into but has brought so much clarity, focus and perceptive to my life. The hardest part is starting.
This 5 Min Journal is simple, quick, and effective starting point. Whatever your excuse for not keeping a journal is, this journal will eliminate them.
While there are no quick fixes or miracle tools this is as close as you are going to get (as a compliment to regular healthy habits of course). Carve out muscle definition and blast stubborn areas of fat while reducing cellulite by breaking up your bound fascia. The Fascia Blaster is my secret weapon!
Strong Mom Tribe Swag
Show your Strong Mom Tribe pride with the perfect gear. I have shirts for the mamas, grandmas and the little ones (because we know where they get their strength from).
*note: the womens t-shirts run a bit small*
My Favorite Things for Self Care
Self care isn't all pedicures, bubble baths and massages. (although all of those would make good gifts). Sometimes self care means doing the work to find yourself again! These are three amazing tools that helped me feel a little bit more like me this year!
Reading is one of those things I lost for a long time after becoming a mom. I realized overtime, I NEED it. It’s something that makes me feel whole….it’s also something I don’t always have the time to sit and do. That’s why the Audible Membership by Amazon has been life changing for me!
You can buy it for yourself (and start with a 30 day free trial) HERE or give it as a gift HERE.
At Home Yoga with Ani O Yoga.
Follow along online and practice from the comfort of your own home. It’s short and simple; Trish breaks it down so its foolproof. Drew does it with me too!
This yoga practice will help you improve your flexibility, stamina, and strength, give you a holistic approach to total wellness, and increase your confidence and mental strength.
Get your membership HERE.
The 14-Day Mindset Reset
A no BS, simple guide to change how you’re thinking so you can finally take control of your mood. No more feeling like a total failure. No more beating yourself up for every little thing. No more feeling lost, stuck, and confused.
This program was created by the wonderful Julia Balto, a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and unwavering believer in the power of changing our mindset to boost our mood.
Get started HERE.
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