Treat Yourself With Our December Must Haves
December may just be the craziest month of the year. Between squeezing in dinner parties| holiday drinks| and a shopping trip or two| who has time to think about fitness? We do! We’ve made things easy for you by rounding up the clothes| snacks| classes| and more that are really getting us going this month. Check out our December must haves below for some motivation to get you through to the new year.
| Harmless Harvest Namacha Raw Tea
Ever since tasting an early sample of Harmless Harvest’s Namacha Raw Tea ($3 per bottle) last Spring| I couldn’t wait for it to be available. Last week| I saw it for the first time in my local market| and I literally jumped for joy. Refreshing| tasty| and energizing| Namacha’s pickled leaves are never dehydrated or heated| making this beverage the first truly raw cold-brewed raw tea ever. The combination of amino acids| chlorophyll| and L-theanine leave you feeling energized and invigorated without any of the caffeine jitters. I’ve all ready treated myself to a bottle three times in the last week.
u2014u00a0Lizzie Fuhr| assistant editor
| CorePower Yoga
With rooms heated to between 80 and 85 degrees| stepping into a class at CorePower Yoga feels like a walking into a tropical oasis. My body| and spine in particular| craves these hot| sweaty classes as the temperatures outside dip. The chain of studios| sleek and comfortably designed| offer a wide variety of classes beyond yoga: straight-up boot camps| yoga sculpt (yep| add some light weights to basic poses| and you will be amazed how sore you are the next day)| and studio cycling with Real Ryder bikes that lean and steer| and more! One class is about $20 (though prices can vary from city to city)| and at most studios your first week is free.
These days| I am loving the 75-minute intermediate level CorePower Yoga 2. It challenges and stretches my entire body and feels like a serious workout and serious yoga. With multiple studios scattered around 13 states u2013 and quickly growing u2014 it’s likely there is a studio near you.
u2014u00a0Susi May| fitness director
| Lululemon Think Fast Pullover
If you’re like me| you’d rather brave the cold weather than succumb to the mundaneness of the gym treadmill. To avoid freezing your buns off| you’ll need warm layers like this Lululemon Think Fast Pullover ($98). This toasty long-sleeved top is insanely soft and just the right thickness to wear over a tank top and sports bra in 30- to 40-degree temps. Not only do the sleeves have thumbholes to prevent wind from blowing up your arms| but the bottom of the sleeve can be folded over like a mitten for days when it’s not quite cold enough to wear a separate pair. The fabric around the neckline can be raised up for added protection| and then folded down once you get warmed up. If you get really warm| you can lower the three-quarter zipper. I also love the mesh fabric in the armpits to help regulate body temperature| plus the wicking fabric keeps me feeling dry| preventing that horrible chill you can feel if you get sweaty on a Winter run. Another bonus is the two zippered pockets to hold my phone| house key| and tissues. I have it in the dark heathered gray| but they also make red and light gray.
u2014 Jenny Sugar| contributing editor
| Project Juice Almond Cacao Protein Shake
Accused (rightfully so) of being a juice addict| a tall glass of pressed greens is usually how I like to start my day. Sadly| it’s an expensive habit to have u2014u00a0especially since cold-pressed juice is not what I’d consider a real breakfast. Project Juice to the rescue! Already one of my favorite shops to pick up juice| it now has a vegan protein smoothie ($9) on the menu. At 350 calories| it makes a great breakfast and is filled with all sorts of good-for-you ingredients like almond butter| banana| and 17 grams of plant-based protein. And for those not able to stop by one of the company’s local shops in San Francisco| nationwide shipping is available.
u2014 Michele Foley| editor
| Under Armour Bomber Jacket
I’m always on the lookout for workout gear that doubles as weekend wear| and this Under Armour StudioLux Bomber Jacket ($120) fits the bill. While it’s got all the features I need in a training jacket u2014 it’s stretchy enough to move with me while I’m jogging outside and wicks sweat away so I can throw it on after an intense gym session u2014 it also doesn’t scream “”workout jacket|”” meaning I can throw on a scarf| add boots| and head to brunch without looking like I didn’t make an effort.
u2014 Leta Shy| associate editor
| New Balance x Harley Pasternak
Since I had the chance to take these Limited Edition Harley Pasternak Zero ($90) shoes for a spin| they have become my go-to lightweight shoes. I rock them in sculpting classes and the weight room for a minimal shoe that still helps me feel supported (read: no achy arches here).
u2014 Aemilia Madden| editorial assistant
| Michi Spiral Leggings
I’ve always been a shorts-wearing kind of girl| but while writing about downtown fitness gift ideas| these Michi Spiral Leggings ($195) caught my eye. The mesh helps keep my legs from getting overheated| and the long length means that they are great for both workouts and days out on the town.
| Fleece Headband
Cold ears are no fun when exercising in the cold. So on days when it’s too warm to wear a hat| I slip on a Mountain Hardwear Micro Half Dome Headband ($12). It’s perfect for running| hiking| chilly bike rides| snowshoeing| or cross-country skiing.
| Teeki Northern Lights
This year wild leggings became mainstream (well| almost)| and Teeki hot pants ($72) are some of my faves. They are lightweight| colorful| and smooth to the touch. The fabric is made out of recycled plastic water bottles and printed with environmentally friendly dyes u2014 talk about eco chic. For a wintry feel| I am loving the look of the Northern Lights print| but there are so many prints to choose from! These leggings are great for sweaty yoga classes but are also fun to rock at the gym. They do run a bit small| so consider ordering a size up.
| Feelgoodz Slippers
This Winter| I’ve been loving the Lizzielooms slippers ($30) from Feelgoodz. They’re part sock| part slipper| and completely cozy| whether I’m on the plane| at yoga class| or just need to give my heel-wearing feet a break at my desk. Lined with soft flannel and reinforced with a flexible sole| the slippers come in several different patterns| all handmade by Guatemalan weavers using traditional Mayan techniques. Sales of each pair help artisans in remote villages across Guatemala earn livable wages| which is something to feel good about indeed.