You need these!

November is about gratitude

We have so much to be thankful for.  I should be writing a post about all of the people that I love and cherish.  There are so many of you out there, and I fully intend to pay homage to all that I am grateful for.  But for today, I want to pretend like I’m Oprah.  She is 90% love and gratitude, but 10% of the time, she just wants to tell you about her most favorite things that are “things”.  Now, because I’m just pretending to be Oprah and I’m not actually Oprah, I won’t be giving every reader a giant Santa sack full of said things, but you go ahead a pretend with me and let’s act like I am (readers proceed with screams of glee).

OK, ok.  Now that you’ve all settled down, let me begin my list of fitness related products I cannot live without.

  1. Alo Yoga’s Airbrush Leggings


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These leggings are the ultimate yoga pant.  They have just enough support.  They stay in place.  No tugging or adjusting needed while you workout or practice.  They come in a variety of colors that change seasonally.  Best of all, you can get them with a high waist or a mid-rise, to appeal to all of us.  I love a super high waist!  I cannot get enough of these.  They also come in capri length and shorts.

2. Spiritual Gangster’s Varsity muscle tank.

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This is a lightweight and super-soft tank that works at the gym, on your mat or over your bikini at the beach.  I love these muscle tanks! Wear it loose and comfy, or tie it in a not for a fitted look.

3. APL Training Shoes


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Now I’m really channeling my inner Oprah, because if you read her list of favorite things, you may remember this brand being featured.  APL stands for Athletic Propulsion Labs.  The name alone makes you think “scientific revolution!”.  I did not order the style featured above. I got a lightweight trainer.  At first I wasn’t sure I was going to keep them, but I gave them a chance a wore them around the gym while I trained.  My feet were like “Yes!”.  They are lightweight yet supportive.  They have a flexibility to them so they stay comfortable even on the longest of days.  I am a fan of the ones I ordered, but now that I’ve seen the ones pictured above, I have major shoe envy.  How did I miss these yellow balls of sunshine?  They are the color of a perfectly ripe banana.  They are screaming “happy feet”.  If you don’t prefer yellow shoes, don’t worry.  They offer a color palette ranging from incredibly subtle to completely electric.

4. Yoga Wheel


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If you’re looking at this thing like Huh?  I don’t blame you.  Initially, I was not a fan.  Here is how I was converted: Someone told me that they didn’t like yoga wheels and didn’t see the point in using one.  I felt like I had to defend the yoga wheel, so I grabbed it and started demonstrating all of the wonderful things you could do with it.  In my demonstration, I was not only changing the mind of the hater, but I was selling myself on my new favorite prop.  You can use the wheel for balance, strength , flexibility and core work.  Stay tuned, because I’m going to be sharing an entire workout using the yoga wheel.  If you Google “yoga wheel” you’ll find tons of brands.  They also come in multiple sizes.  Mine is 12 inches in diameter and 5 inches wide.

5. Rimless Cat Eye Sunnies 🙂


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I know that sunglasses aren’t technically a fitness product, however, eye health is a key component to overall health.  So put some UV protection over those peepers.  Winter is coming and snow can produce quite a glare.  I am an uncontrollable sunglass snob and a self proclaimed eyewear connoisseur, so you can trust my judgement on this.  Quay Australia’s sunglasses are not only high quality, but they are trendy and very reasonable priced.  You won’t feel guilty about buying a new pair each season 🙂

Let’s wrap this up!

There you have it.  My top 5 must haves for the Basic Fitness Gal (I refuse to say the “b” word) in your life.  Let me wrap this up with something else that is my favorite 🙂  If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that hugging has never been my strong suit.  But, I’ve been practicing and it’s becoming more natural.  So, this holiday season, as you start to feel the joy convert to stress, take a step back and breathe.  A close embrace will release oxytocin for you and the recipient.  A warm hug can cut the winter chill.  You can’t walk arm in arm with someone while stifling a smile.  And best of all, hugs are free and never run out of stock.



You know how this has to end…

You get a hug!  You get a hug!  You get a hug!  Every body gets a big bear huuuuuuuuuuuuuuug!!!!

Peace & Love,

Yo-prah 🙂

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