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Best Gifts for Fitness Lovers

The best gifts for fitness lovers plus a Saucony giveaway! | happyfitmama.com

It’s that time of year again. Time for gift guides and pondering what to get that hard to by fitness lover in your life. But really, it’s not that hard to buy for a someone who loves fitness. Give us anything fitness related and we are happy!

If you are like me, you avoided the stores on Black Friday. And really, why would you want to physically go in a store when you can get the same deal online now? Forget Cyber Monday, there’s Cyber Weekend!

If you are prepared, you probably started shopping already. Or if you are really, really  good, you may be done. But if you are like me, you haven’t even started. Procrastination is my middle name.

Every year, I’ve put together a gift guide of my favorite fitness gear. These are all things I love and use regularly. If it’s on the list, I use it and I want to spread the word about how marvelous it is.

Happy shopping for your gift recipients and of course, yourself. :)

1 ) Saucony Reflex Gear – If you run in the early morning, evening or in low visibility conditions, the Reflex line is for you. I love how it lights up like a Christmas tree when headlights hit you but looks casual and cool in regular light. I have the jacket, tights and the Zealot ISO 2 Reflex Saucony Shoes.Even if you don’t run in low light, the jacket looks cool and is perfect the perfect wind/water repellent jacket.

2 ) Saucony Peregrine Trail Shoes – This year my love for trails has blossomed. I’m definitely not a pro when it comes to the trails but I have found a pair of shoes that I love to wear in the dirt and mud. The Peregrine from Saucony is the best ( a close second is the Saucony Xodus). It hugs slippery rocks. It plows through mud. It cushions in all the right places. You guys know that I have mega feet issues and the Peregrine gives me no problems.

3 ) Saucony Run Mitt – For the past two years, these mittens have saved me on so many runs. My hands are always cold. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with Raynaud’s, but I’ve got all the symptoms. It’s downright painful when my hands get really cold. Not so with these mittens. In fact, there were runs where I had to stick half of my hand out of the mitt because they were hot. That has never happened before. They have been sold out since 2015 so don’t hesitate – buy these now before they are gone again!

4 ) Garmin Forerunner 230/235 – So this is the only item that I haven’t personally tried out. Last week my GPS watch died on me so I was in a panic to find a new one. I couldn’t justify the $$ for a Garmin Fenix (even though Ron kept telling me to get it every time I brought it up). Based on the recommendations of tons of runners, I went with the Garmin 230. It should be arriving today! I debated heavily between the 230 and 235. I decided against getting the 235 because I have never used the HR capability on any other GPS watch I’ve owned for the past 7 years. Maybe I’ll change my mind at some point, but right now it wasn’t a worth an extra $70 for me.

5 ) Panasonic Wings Wireless Headphones – Look at me – I’ve ditched the wires! Owning a pair of wireless headphones was never really on my radar. I don’t run with music (outside at least) so being connected by wires never really bothered me. Until I was sent the Panasonic Wings Wireless Headphones. They are perfect for my indoor workouts. Before, I always had to have my phone on me while listening to music or podcasts during my basement workouts. If I didn’t have my Saucony Bullet shorts or capris, my phone usually ended up being stuck in my sports bra. Not the best set up. Now I can walk around, jump around and be completely free from my phone while I lift weights and do plyometrics. Life changer!

The best gifts for Fitness Lovers plus and awesome Saucony giveaway! | happyfitmama.com

6 ) Run Fast. Eat Slow. – This cookbook has every recipe a runner could ask for. Not only are they easy to make but taste delicious. On top of that, every recipe is full of nutrients a runner needs pre, during, and post run. Even if you don’t run, you’ll enjoy the tasty recipes.

7 ) Moji Foot Massager – I received this amazing foot massager from Rise.Run.Retreat this year. My feet have never been so happy after a run. Especially because I leave it in the freezer so it does dual treatment of rolling and icing my foot at the same time.

8 ) Manduka Yoga Mat – I have had numerous yoga mats through the years and Manduka makes the best. No doubt about it. It stays in place and more importantly, so do I.

9 ) Kuhl Lea Pullover – I had major pullover envy when I spotted numerous attendees at Rise.Run.Retreat sporting this cute shirt. So much so that I went home and purchased my own. I had the dress version of it so why not get the pullover? It’s co cute, comfortable and perfect for pulling on after a yoga class or running errands throughout the day.

10 ) Namaste Workout Sweatshirt – If you are on Instagram, love yoga and running, then you need to follow Ann. She’s not only a serious runner but a yoga instructor and has a Ph.D in English Lit. Wicked fast and wicked smart! She also has an online shop full of Runners Love Yoga gear. This sweatshirt is super soft and cozy, perfect for after a class or run.

GIVEAWAY!!

Since I love everything from Saucony, and I think you would too, how would you like to win an item of your choice from their website? You can choose an item that I listed above or something entirely else. It’s up to you!

To enter, let me know in the comments which item from Saucony you would like if you won. That’s it! Super simple!

Giveaway ends Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 10 p.m. I’ll pick a winner with Random.org and will contact them by email.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Some of these items were sent for me to review and others I have purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are a part of this post.

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My First SUP Yoga Class

Take your yoga practice to a new level with SUP Yoga. | happyfitmama.com

Be like water. Go with the flow.

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was in a yoga rut?

Well, I think I found my way out of it.

This past weekend I took my yoga practice out of the studio and into nature.

It was the best thing ever.

On Friday I decided to spontaneously sign up for a Sunset Yoga Hike through Bending Bodhi Yoga. It was a wicked hot and humid day but the evening was promising for a gorgeous sunset. What better way to kick off the weekend with a little hike and short yoga session looking over this beautiful world we live in?

Sunset Yoga Hike | happyfitmama.com

I want to end every day doing that!

On Sunday I attended my first SUP yoga class.

Not to spoil it but I’m kind of obsessed and want to do it every.single.day.

Being on a SUP wasn’t anything new to me. I’ve gone a few times before and have absolutely loved it. Ever since Hawaii Ron and I both have wanted to get boards. And Ron won’t let me forget that he did headstand on his board. Show off.

SUP headstand | happyfitmama.com

We had grand visions of our kids riding on the front of the boards just like all the kids do in Hawaii. Of course our kids would do that, right? But then we got home and realized that it sounded like a much better idea in our heads than in real life. Although now the idea is back in my head!

I signed up for the class through Bending Bodhi Yoga. They contracted Jana from SUP YO to do the class. Btw – what an awesome name for a company, right?

We started off with Jana giving us the details of how to get on the paddle board and how to use the paddle. We then paddled out into the harbor and after being told how to drop our anchors, set up a pod together before starting our yoga practice.

FYI – All photos from the practice are courtesy of SUP YO. SUP Yoga Balance | happyfitmama.com

Jana led about 65 minute yoga flow. We did up dog, down dog, warrior I and II, reverse warrior, sun salutations, bridge and other basic poses.

SUP Yoga Low Lunge | happyfitmama.com

The practice was slow and gentle because HELLO we are also trying to balance on the board. I was shocked to find that side plank was the hardest pose to hold. It was the only real time that I felt a sense of feeling like “OH NO I’M GOING IN!” Keeping one knee on the board was all I could muster. And there was no way I was getting my knee off the board!

SUP Yoga Reverse Plank | happyfitmama.com

I attempted crow and succeeded in getting my toes up for 2.2 seconds before face planting on the board. A few of the girls popped out headstand, which was so cool. I got one leg up and was too chicken to even try to put the other one up!

SUP Yoga Crow Pose | happyfitmama.com

So did I fall in? Surprisingly, no. A couple of the girls did and were able to pop back up on the board with no problems.

SUP Yoga Shoulder Stand | happyfitmama.com

I love yoga and how it makes me feel. But practicing yoga on a board in the ocean (or water in general) is simply marvelous.

The sound of lapping water and the gentle rocking motion of the waves. The warmth of the sun warming your skin. The gentle breeze cooling you off. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

SUP Yoga Wheel Pose | happyfitmama.com

We finished class and I could not stop smiling from ear to ear afterwards. I wanted to spend the whole day on the board enjoying the calmness of it all. I came home and promptly told Ron that I need a SUP board of my own. I see a whole lot of SUP Yoga in my future for the rest of the summer.

Fresh air and vitamin sea always does a body good. And it does wonders for a yoga practice too!

Have you done SUP Yoga?

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My Favorite Instagrammers

Find inspiration in running, yoga, fitness and food with My 10 Favorite Instagrammers. happyfitmama.com

It’s no secret that my fav form of social media is Instagram. Pretty pictures. Inspiring people. Yummy food. Cute animals. It’s got it all!

The majority of Instagrammers that I follow are runners. But I also like to mix it up with yogi’s, foodies, Cross Fit enthusiasts, animal lovers and anything else that strikes my fancy.

If you are looking for running, yoga or food inspiration this is for you. Just right click on the pic to take you to these fabulous Instagrammers accounts and follow away!

MtnRunr
Maybe because I’ve found a love for trails and wish I could run on them more, but trail and ultra runners have taken over my Insta feed. The beauty of mountains, lakes, dirt…it’s all I want to see!

Beautiful sunrise doing altitude training…🌄 #catherinespass #100miletraining #trailrunning #alta

A photo posted by Valorie (@valorielorriane) on

Crazy Mother Runners
Maybe because I want to be BFF’s with all of these ladies. I need to find my own pack of crazy mother runners to have a picnic with on a rock.

CYU888
I love Christine’s writing but her pics – Amazingly beautiful. She inspires me to post better yoga pics. And her latest trip to Banff – my need to go back there has grown!

SisuGirls
Grit. Determination. That’s what the Finnish word, sisu, roughly translates to. Where I grew up in Michigan, there is a strong presence of Finnish descendants. In fact, Ron is Finnish, too. When I found this Insta account, I immediately loved it. The world needs more Sisu Girls!

Runners Love Yoga
Ann does monthly yoga Insta challenges that specifically target runners. Not only is she a serious competitive runner, she’s got her Ph.D in English.

Stop, drop, and yoga #postrun. (For real! You'll feel a little better!) #RunnersLoveYoga #doyogarunfaster

A photo posted by Ann M. (@runnersloveyoga) on

TallensJourney
I’m no triathlete but I love following Tonya’s Insta. Bright, colorful and just plain fun!

FitFoodieFinds
A little fitness and a whole lot of yummy, better for you food. I’d like to face plant in all of Lee’s food pics.

If I could just eat this the rest of my life…Banana Soft Serve + Protein PB Cups = <3 #comingsoon

A photo posted by Lee Hersh (@fitfoodiefinds) on

larisa_elaine
This former NH Runner headed west and really makes me want to do the same thing. Her trail pics are amazing. And she’s a pretty rad runner too.

Let yourself by silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

A photo posted by Larisa Elaine Dannis (@larisa_elaine) on

Shannon Dempsey
You can always count on Shannon to be #runmatchy for every run. I mean, how cute is that outfit?!?!

Round The World Girl

Beautiful travel pictures that make me want to go everywhere in this big wide world.

Breakfast in bed. Fueled by @powerbar #powerbar #proteinshake #sp

A photo posted by Elise 🚁 (@roundtheworldgirl) on

And don’t forget to follow me! :)

Kicking off the weekend the right way chasing the sunrise with @runfargirl . Totally worth the 3:45 a.m. wake up. ☀️☀️ #runnh #findyourstrong

A photo posted by Angela 🏃🏻‍♀️Happy Fit Mama (@happyfitmama) on

Btw – High 5 to Amanda (an awesome Instagrammer herself!) for reminding me that I had never posted anything about my favorite Instagrammers before. Thanks girl!

Who are your favorite Instagrammers?

Leave your Instagram handle in the comments so we can follow you!

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