I am frequently asked by my clients for personal suggestions on must-have exercise equipment, tools I’ve found to help with pain or tightness and other fun things I am finding on my journey to help other feel as good as I do. Below is a succinct list of these recommendations available. Some will take you directly to Amazon.com where you can just add to your cart.
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I love tea and have a cup before bed every night. My husband bought me these tea infusers and they are fantastic! You can use them to make a straight cup of green or black tea or create your own recipe! Simple to use and easy to clean up.
Foam rolling your connective tissue is an amazing way to address chronic pain and something I am now doing for myself, for clients and group classes. The bad news is that Foam rollers are not all the same. Some were too hard and hurt way too much, even caused bruising for one client. One was so soft it just squished down instead of rolling. The OPTP PRO-ROLLER™ Soft is just right. If you have any issues in your low back, knees, neck, shoulders or hips I recommend getting a good foam roller such as this one and roll away your pain.
Make sure to use this link because you might get confused with different sizes and firmness. There are a bunch out there to choose from.
Make exercise, walking, running, doing chores around the house more FUN with this wireless ear bud. I used to use my apple iphone headphones but they are cumbersome and just get in the way. This ear bud links up to my phone via bluetooth and I can listen to my favorite music, podcast or audio book while I exercise or do house work. I LOVE IT.
I LOVE lifting weights but I also like mixing it up. One of my clients gave me this to try and I am hooked (literally). It’s really fun and is a great strength training and stretching workout. This has EVERYTHING YOU NEED – Includes All-In-One Suspension Trainer, Indoor/Outdoor Anchors, Best-in-Class 36-Page Full-Color Workout Guide & 2 Bonus Workouts and Mesh Travel Bag! Download our FREE TRX App for over 80 additional workouts to keep your workouts fresh
What gets measured gets improved! One of my clients recommended this and loves it. It measures weight, body fat percentage, lean mass and BMI and automatically syncs with your Fitbit dashboard using Wi-Fi. I have a Fitbit but haven’t splurge on this yet. It’s on my list
If you are looking for a blender to make smoothies, soups, desserts, margaritas…don’t waste your money on anything else. THIS IS WORTH EVERY PENNY. I had a few of the other ones and they just don’t live up to their hype.
As you know I am learning so much about how rolling connective tissue can help with muscle pain. Some of my clients cannot get down onto the floor to use the foam roller so I found this Muscle Roller Stick and it really feel great. I also use it to roll my clients backs for an extra nice treat at the end of a hard workout
I like this exercise or resistance band because it’s longer and allows you to get a bigger range of motion. It comes in a variety of strengths. Start out easy so you don’t hurt yourself.
They say what gets measured gets improved. The Fitbit is a fun tool to track steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed. It has a fun app that awards you with badges for making progress and you can join your friends to compete against each other. That always gets me moving. This version I am using now but there are many more to fit your needs. Oh and you can get really cool bands on Amazon too.
GREAT tool to help with stretching! Lying down or in a chair you can stretch ALL of your muscles. It comes with an exercise book that features color photos demonstrating more than 30 stretches for core muscles, the back, quads, arms, shoulders, hamstrings and more.
This is the perfect beginners weight set. Nice range of weights to let you start slowly and then progress without hurting yourself.
I love these dumbbells the neoprene coating is nice on your hands. You can get a set in different sizes based on your level.
This is the perfect exercise mat for floor work. It’s nice and cushy so you don’t hurt your bones and joints. It’s not the best for yoga but it’s perfect for Pilates! Love that it comes in different colors too!
I did a detox cleanse and had to give up coffee – YIKES. I did it with the help of this nutritious blend of Mediterranean herbs, grains, fruits, and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee. It has a sweet flavor so all you need to do is add a little almond milk or regualr milk and you don’t need those chemical laden creamers. Added bonus is you get a boost from nutrients and not stimulants, heart-healthy potassium and soluble fiber, is a prebiotic and has inulin from chicory root that supports beneficial microflora that improve digestion, elimination, and intestinal health. Today I drink coffee but blend it with this for a “Healthy Enough” version of coffee!
Freshly – Meal Delivery Service Chef-cooked, healthy meals delivered to you
Take a week off from cooking! Several of my clients have used this HEALTHY meal delivery service. I use it when my husband is traveling just because I am still not the biggest fan of cooking (I’m working on it though). Freshly is not like Blue Apron or some of the other ones that send just ingredients and you have to prepare. Everything is all ready done and you just have to reheat. The meals are full of healthy ingredients and are VERY satisfying. My favorites are the Ancho Chicken, Chicken Parm and the Peppercorn Steak (meals change though)
Use my link to get 6 dinners for only $39 (normally $59)!
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS or TNS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS machines (like this one) work by sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The stimulating pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.Tens devices also help stimulate your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, called “Endorphins”.
My husband suffers from back pain caused by years of sports, golf and not stretching enough. He hooks up to this every morning and say “awwww” when the 15 minute cycle is over. I have only used this one but there are many more out there. The sticky pads last only about a month but are easy to re order.
This book helped me figure out ways to give up sugar. It is fun and easy to follow with tips and tricks throughout.
This book helped me figure out what I was going to do with my life after retirement. He asks great questions and gets you to dig deep into what you love to do and then helps you find possible ways to make this into a career. Highly recommend it for anyone facing a life change.