Fitbit Just Announced the Gadget of Your Dreams

Fitbit Just Announced the Gadget of Your Dreams

Fitbit is about to give the Apple Watch a run for its money. The brand just announced its new smart fitness watch| Fitbit Blaze| at CES in Las Vegas. In addition to what you already expect from a Fitbit tracker| the wearable gadget will include a variety of enhanced features to help you make the most of your workouts| which include:

  • FitStar by Fitbit onscreen workouts| connected GPS| PurePulse heart rate tracking| and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to help motivate and push your fitness further.
  • A slim design| easily interchangeable bands and frames| and a beautiful color touchscreen with a variety of clock faces to fit your personal style.
  • Smart notifications| like call| text| and calendar alerts| so you can stay connected to what’s important| and a long battery life of up to five days allows you to keep up with your life| day and night.

“”Fitbit Blaze delivers a combination of innovative features that were carefully selected with intention and purpose| designed to motivate and offer a fitness experience that is more effortless and more useful with advanced guidance and coaching|”” said James Park| CEO and cofounder of Fitbit. The watch is available today for presale ($200) and will hit stores in March.

Our Must Haves For January

Our Must Haves For January

We’re kicking off 2015 with an energy that we’re hoping carries us through the entire year| and our monthly must haves are the perfect way to get our fitness plan off to a strong start. From new gear to healthy snacks to transforming our offices for the better| these are the items getting us excited about fitness for the year to come.

| Yogitoes Mat Towel

Over the last year| I’ve really stepped up my yoga game. What used to be a once-a-month (if I’m lucky) occurrence has turned into a twice-a-week habit. While it might seem like a superfluous accessory| this Yogitoes Limited Editon Mat Towel ($68) was on the top of my holiday wish list. I sweat a lot in class| which can leave me feeling unstable in poses| but this towel solves that problem. It sticks to the mat and absorbs sweat| keeping my hands and feet firmly grounded in every Downward Dog.

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| Icebreaker Quantum Hoodie

Nothing fights the cold like a thick layer of merino wool! When heading for a wintry hike| I always reach for this jacket: the Quantum Hoodie ($225) from Icebreaker. It’s my favorite. The hoodie keeps me warm| wicks sweat away| is naturally odor resistant| and has thumbholes so the sleeves stay in place. And if my fingers get cold| there are fold-over mittens sewn into the cuff u2014 which is great since I never remember gloves. The front pocket is perfect for housing my phone and the zipper is reflective for added safety. Cut for a woman’s body| the jacket fits well and has a drop tail| so everything stays covered when I am moving. I can’t wait to wear this snowshoeing later this Winter.

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| Bogs Winter Boots

If you embrace the frosty cold weather and fluffy snow like I do| you’ll need a pair of these Bogs Juno Tall Boots ($180). They’re perfect for trekking to and from the mountain on ski days or for wintry walks in the woods| and are supportive and tall enough (11 inches) for attaching snowshoes. Soft and warm on the inside| these boots are rated for -20u00b0F temps| and testing them out in Vermont| these boots are the real daeal! They kept my feet warm and dry. They come in black| dark green (shown)| light gray| and ox blood.

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| Yoga Mat Bag

I’ve always shied away from using a bag made specifically for my yoga mat. Most were too bulky| and the ones that weren’t didn’t seem to carry everything I needed. This changed when I found the Gaiam Damask Yoga Mat Bag ($20). The bag easily carries my thick Manduka mat and mat towel| and I use the exterior pocket to stash my keys| wallet| and phone. I especially love that the shoulder strap means my hands are free when I’m walking to and from class.

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| Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks

Slim Jims just got a serious upgrade. The Meat Sticks ($2 a stick) from Vermont Smoke & Cure live up to their name. These portable snacks are flavored smoked meats| formed into a stick that you can toss into your purse| gym bag| or desk drawer for when you need a protein hit. One stick is only 90 calories and provides 7 grams of filling protein. The meat is raised humanely without antiobiotics| and is cured in small batches with no added nitrates. I love the chipotle flavor| with the honey-mustard turkey stick coming in at a close second. Three new flavors of meat sticks will debut this month: Teriyaki Chicken| Rosemary Thyme Chicken| and Spicy Italian Pork. Look for all nine flavors on the shelves of your local Whole Foods| or order online directly from the website.

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| Varidesk Standing Desk

All you desk dwellers| make 2016 the year where you don’t sit on your bum all day by using a Varidesk standing desk ($175 to $500| depending on the style). After just two months of using one| my lower back| neck| and shoulders don’t ache or feel tense| my hips and hamstrings feel looser because I can move around in place while typing| and I all-around have more energy at the end of the day. I also feel like I’m more productive in a standing postion. The height of the desk adjusts in seconds by squeezing the two side handles and raising or lowering the desk to your liking. SO you can switch between sitting and standing in no time. Pricey| yes| but it’s totally worth it when you realize you spend 40+ hours at your desk. It comes in white or black.

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| All Good Provision Oven Stoked Roasting Kit

On a cold night| I crave a spicy treat| and these simple Mexican Chocolate Pecans ($10) from Allgood Provisions satisfy my need for heat. The Oven Stoked kit comes with all the ingredients you to make this chocolaty snack at home: pecans| spices| cocoa| shredded coconut| and sunflower oil. The flavorful pecans are ready in less than 15 minutes. The combination is spicy chocolate with a little bit of sweet| making the nuts easy to savor slowly. You can find them online or at specialty markets across the country.

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Make Life Easier With These 5 Gym-Bag Must Dos

Going from home to work to gym can require a lot of forethought. Don’t make having an empty gym bag the reason you skipped a workout today.

Related: Time-Saving Tips For a Lunchtime Workout

    Always pack the night before: You don’t want to have to scramble to find a pair of socks when you’re already running late in the morning. Make a habit of repacking your bag every night before you go to bed; you’ll be grateful the next morning when you have one less thing to deal with. Don’t forget to fill your water bottle and keep it in the fridge to grab right before you head out as well.Wipes are your best friend: Whether it’s wiping off pore-clogging makeup before Zumba or giving yourself a quick refresh when you realize you’re late for a meeting, having a stash of face or body wipes will help you get where you need to be in a flash. We like the cooling, affordable Yes to Cucumbers face wipes ($8).And the extras: It always helps to keep a few extra items in your gym bag for those days when you realize you forgot something essential. Hair ties, band-aids, and a few nonperishable snacks are just a few extras that should find a home in your gym bag. Here are some more items to pack.Keep it separate: Wet swimsuits, just-used shower shoes, and sweaty workout clothes can breed bacteria. Keep a plastic or resusable wet bag in your gym bag ¡ª or designate an entire compartment for these items only ¡ª so you can keep damp clothes contained.Clean it out: For similar germ-related reasons, make sure you give your gym bag a regular clean out. Take some time every weekend to throw away any old tissues or half-eaten snacks that have made their way into your bag, clean those shower shoes, and wipe down or wash the bag itself in order to prevent germs from festering.

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What the Country’s Top Trainers Say Are Their Fitness Must Haves

What the Country’s Top Trainers Say Are Their Fitness Must Haves

Whenever I head to a workout| there’s a fingers-crossed moment as I unpack my gym bag. On a perfect day| everything I need is there u2014 from my socks to a water bottle to that extra hair tie that I always seem to need. But more often than I like to admit| I’m missing something| and it’s not always an obvious omission.

To help solve this ever-present issuse| we turned to the obvious experts: trainers. Given that many of these women are teaching back-to-back classes while also running to and from meetings without much of a break in between| they live and die by their gym bag. From snacks to gear| see what top trainers always have in their gym bag.

| Bethany Lyons

Bethany Lyons| Lyons Power Den Yoga

Gym bag essentials: Lyons Den power Yoga Bandana u2014 must to keep the sweat out of my eyes. REVO aviator sunglasses for to and from classes u2014 this blue-eyed girl is SENSITIVE to sunlight. ABH Health Manuka Active Honey Lozenges (because all I do is talk| talk| talk! These are so expensive| but of course| my fave). And something casual and studio-to-street chic to throw on after class. I am currently loving black and white harem pants gifted to me from Sweaty Betty.

Go-to workout equipment: A black Jade Pro Harmony yoga mat. Itu2019s non-slip| recycled| no-frills| and takes a beating. The yoga mat is important as it gives me the space to break down| break a sweat| and break on through to the other side.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Before: a KIND bar (almond and coconut). After: Lulitonix green blend u2014 Chill| Glow| Kick . . . Love them all!

| Mandi Molnar

Mandi Molnar| NYC Christopher St. DavidBartonGym

Gym bag essentials: Perform Better Resistance Bands in two resistance levels| Versa Grips| a soft ball to work out any tight muscles| and peanut butter. Always peanut butter.

Go-to workout equipment: Definitely dumbbells. They’re versatile enough you can do a whole workout with one medium-weight set.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I usually shoot for rice cakes and peanut or almond butter| or trail mix. A little carb and little fat for energy| but not too heavy.

| Tanya Becker

Tanya Becker| Physique 57

Gym bag essentials: I always carry my Physique 57 grippy socks or my Reebok True Studio Slippers| which are both really great to keep my feet from slipping around when I teach or take class.

Go-to workout equipment: A Physique 57 playground ball! You can get a total-body workout using the ball to sculpt your thighs| abs| and glute muscles. Itu2019s surprisingly a versatile piece of equipment that is highly effective for toning those trouble spots (e.g. inner thighs and lower seat muscles) and also easy to travel with.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I usually have fruit or oatmeal before teaching and a NuGo Slim Bar (crunchy peanut butter) afterwards. Itu2019s important for me to properly fuel my body and feel energized| especially on busier days packed with back-to-back classes and meetings.

| Kathleen Kulikowski

Kathleen Kulikowski| SoulCycle

Gym bag essentials: I carry my vitamins with me: Daily Women’s Vitamin| Fish Oil| and BCAA performance aminos for post-workout recovery drink. And I always have an extra set of workout clothes.

Go-to workout equipment: A kettlebell for sure. There are so many different and effective workouts that you can do with it!

Pre- and post-workout snack: I always make sure to have something light with lots of protein before my workout u2014 maybe a Quest bar or a protein shake. Within 30 minutes after my workout| I grab some type of carb and protein.

| Brittney Mooney

Brittney Mooney| ((305)) Fitness

Gym bag essentials: My BKR water bottle| Mio Workout Wonder invigorating muscle motivating gel| and hair ties. Can’t have too many hair ties!

Pre- and post-workout snack: I’ll always try to bring a small tupperware of cut-up fruit| such as pineapple| melon| or apple. Super easy to pop in your mouth right before and after a workout and fuels your body without feeling too full.

| Alex Silver-Fagan

Alex Silver-Fagan| CITYROW

Gym bag essentials: Cellucor C4 pre-workout and BCAA’s| minty gum| a small Theraband (for using during my own workouts and clients)| an extra sports bra (no one likes wearing a wet bra all day)| a hat (just in case my hair is nowhere near saving).

Go-to workout equipment: Your body! A good friend of mine once read me a quote that says| “”What makes you think you have the right to move a weight if you can’t control your own body?”” This has been the focus behind my yoga practice and my most recent training style. While I still am a big proponent of lifting heavy weights| you truly can accomplish so much with your own body weight. Dynamic movements| push-ups| pull-ups| squats| planks| lunges u2014 the possibilities are endless. Additionally| you can find a bench or step to make some of these movements harder. Simple works for a reason.

Pre- and post-workout snack: To be honest| if I’m working out early in the morning and it’s not a strength-based workout| I’ll train fasted. But if I’m lifting anything heavy| it’s important to fuel my body so I don’t crash. Before a workout I’ll have a carbohydrate but still keep it light u2014 either an apple| half a banana| or a rice cake with a little bit of protein powder paste (1/2 scoop whey protein mixed with a tiny bit of water). I like to keep my fruit intake close to my workouts because the sugar is a great carbohydrate-fuel source. After sweating| I make sure I have a dense source of protein| either whey protein powder| hard-boiled egg| or chicken. My favorite post-workout smoothie is one scoop of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey| half a banana| a handful of spinach| and a scoop of almond butter.

| Amanda Rey

Amanda Rey| SLT

Gym bag essentials: Peppermint Essential Oil has been a staple in my life since I was very young. I rub a drop or two on my temples or the back of my neck when I am feeling tense or need a pick me up. I get pretty bad migraines on occasion and the peppermint oil helps relieve the headache pains.

Go-to workout equipment: A Megaformer. I haven’t worked out in a traditional gym since college. The Megaformer is a one stop shop: total body conditioning that allows me to strengthen and tone my body with slow| controlled| precise movements. I also adore foam rollers.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I really try not to eat anything too close to a workout. I just drink a lot of water. Post-workout I’m a big fan of a banana with a spoonful of peanut butter| or an Indie Fresh Mini Protein Smoothie (the Maca Root Acai is my fave).

| Alycea Ungaro

Alycea Ungaro| Real Pilates

Gym bag essentials: Lululemon Socks in case I go for a run or walk or jump into a Pilates class.

Go-to workout equipment: Pilates Magic Circle of course! Can do arms| legs| and full-body with it anywhere and anytime| and it packs light.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Our Real Pilates produced Control Bars.

| Aleah Stander

Aleah Stander| Flywheel

Gym bag essentials: Iu2019m always prepared with extra workout clothes| socks| a headband| iPod| and headphones.

Go-to workout equipment: Aside from teaching and taking Flywheel classes| Iu2019m always changing my workout routine to utilize all types of equipment depending on my goals. Right now| Iu2019m all about the plyometric box because my routine focuses on improving power and performance. You can actually use any large step| including bleachers| which is fun if you want to take your workout outside.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Before and after a workout itu2019s best to nourish the body with clean protein and carbs (with little to no fat). I usually have a protein shake before my workout and/or egg whites and oats after.

| Tiffany Conde

Tiffany Conde| Xtend Barre

Gym bag essentials: I always carry Xtend Barre grippy socks| Lululemon scarf to keep warm| and a large glass bottle of water to hydrate. I occasionally add in homemade energy balls to eat before or after teaching.

Go-to workout equipment: My favorite must have for Xtend Barre is a resistance band. It allows you to sculpt and chisel your lower body.

Pre- and post-workout snack: I like to make homemade energy balls using dates| chia seeds| fresh fruit| peanut butter| and coconut. Time permitting| I will have a quick snack such as cucumbers with Greek yogurt| or an egg with avocado seasoned with cayenne.

| Simone De La Rue

Simone De La Rue| Body by Simone

Gym bag essentials: I carry a towel| change of workout clothes| iPhone charger| some snacks| almonds| crackers| and water.

Go-to workout equipment: I am currently obsessed with the sliding disc. They are so versatile. You can use them for a great core workout| lower body| and also upper body.

Pre- and post-workout snack: One hour before| I have protein and a carb| and one hour after| a protein. This can range from a protein shake to a boiled egg to grain free granola with almond milk or nut thin crackers and hummus.

| Janet Jones

Janet Jones| Vixen Workout

Gym bag essentials: My wireless Beats headphones and my iPod touch. Water bottle and towel. Quest bars (or another type of nutritional bar).

Go-to workout equipment: I swear by dance workouts so all I need in a mirror and music.

Pre- and post-workout snack: Before my class I can’t eat anything heavy so I’ll have a protein shake. After I’ll have some chopped up chicken or turkey slices (I usually teach later in the evening).

| Becca Pace

Becca Pace| Equinox

Gym bag essentials: I make my own body mist and room spray from citrus and lavender essential oils. I always have one of each on my bag; might sound crazy| but the smell of a studio can affect your workout! I give a few spritzes to give the room an inviting smell . . . that’s way better than sweat and stinky feet!

Go-to workout equipment: I don’t go anywhere without my Yoga Tune Up balls! They are key to releasing my tight muscles throughout the day. They’re small| lightweight| and absolutely necessary for me each day!

A Look at the Hugest Differences Between Popular Fitness Trackers

A Look at the Hugest Differences Between Popular Fitness Trackers

Lately| it seems like no outfit is complete without a wearable fitness tracker. With sleek designs and bright colors| the latest and greatest in self-quantifying technology are making their presence known on arms everywhere. Interested in joining the fitness-tracking pack? We’ve rounded up some of the most popular fitness trackers u2014 including the Jawbone UP4| the Garmin Vivofit 2| and the Fitbit Charge HR u2014 to help you compare features and prices. Read on to find the right fit for you| then check out which trackers are the most accurate here!

| Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex ($100) is a slim| minimalistic wristband. It tracks your activity level| sleep quality| calories burned| and distance traveled; you can program the lights on the band to indicate real-time progress on hitting your goals. The Flex also vibrates to wake you up and wirelessly syncs to automatically update your stats whenever it’s in close range of the included Bluetooth-enabled wireless dongle| which plugs into your computer’s USB port; you can also wirelessly sync to your iPhone| iPad 3| iPad Mini| or Samsung Galaxy. If you like the features of the Fitbit Flex but don’t want to wear a wristband| then try the Fitbit One or Zip.

Another FitBit Flex sibling| the FitBit Force (currently unavailable)| is a similar-looking tracker. However| in 2014 the Force was recalled due to an allergic reaction some users experienced when wearing the band. Like the Fitbit Flex| the Force tracks steps| calories| and distance as well as sleep stats; unlike the Flex| the Force also can gauge how many stairs you’ve climbed and elevation| and it features a display| as well. The water-resistant Force syncs wirelessly and automatically to your iOS or Android phone or computer| so you can view your stats on an app or browser. Since the current Force has been recalled| keep an eye out for the next-generation model of the band soon.

| Fitbit Charge

The Fitbit Charge ($130) is similar to the Fitbit Flex but with a larger display and caller ID info from your nearby smartphone. Like other Fitbits| it tracks your activity (steps| distance| and calories) and sleep patterns.

| Fitbit Charge HR

If you want heart rate monitoring| go for the tracks your pulse. Or| athletes and techies alike may want the Surge ($250)| a GPS watch and tracker in one. Check out more on the Charge| Charge HR| and Surge on POPSUGAR Tech.

| Garmin Vivofit

For a tracker you never have to take off| try the Garmin Vivofit ($100). Its battery lasts for over a year and is waterproof| meaning you can keep it on while you take a shower. The Vivofit tracks steps| distance| calories| and sleep and can also track workout details when paired with a heart-rate monitor (sold separately). An activity bar will show you whether you’ve been sitting for too long. The Vivofit syncs wirelessly with its free iOS or Android app as well as your computer.

| Garmin Vivofit 2

Released in early 2015| the color options for the Vivofit 2 here.

| Microsoft Band 2

The Microsoft Band’s features on POPSUGAR Tech.

| Striiv Fusion

Billed as a combination of smartwatch and fitness tracker| the Striiv Fusion ($80) tracks steps| calories| sleep| and more and features calling and text alerts| a vibrating alarm| meeting reminders| and weather reports. If you want a heart rate function| try the Striiv Fusion Bio ($100).

| Jawbone UP2

The redesigned Jawbone UP2 ($100) is a slimmer| strappier version of the Jawbone family. The difference? This one doesn’t track sleep or heart rate| like the UP3 and UP4 do. The battery lasts up to 10 days.

| Jawbone UP3

The UP3 ($180) is an update on its classic UP model. New in this model are advanced sleep and activity tracking capabilities| but the biggest update is the ability for the UP3 to record your resting heart rate using skin and temperature sensors on the tracker. The UP3 has up to seven days of battery life and is water resistant up to 10 meters.

| Jawbone UP4

The newest UP tracker| the Jawbone UP4 ($200) has the same capabilities as previous Jawbone models with the addition of heart rate monitoring and American Express tap-to-pay. The splashproof UP4 has an LED light notifiation system and a battery life that can last up to seven days.

| Jawbone UP Move

The UP Move ($50)| billed as Jawbone’s entry-level fitness tracker| tracks the basics: steps| exercise| calories| and sleep| just like the more expensive models. The difference? The UP Move is a clippable model that you can wear anywhere| although you can also purchase wrist straps for $15 each. The UP Move is available now for preorder in several colors| with the purple Grape Rose color available at Best Buy and the Jawbone website later this month.

| Mira

The Mira ($169) “”tracks only what’s important””: steps| calories| distance and elevation. Designed to be fashion-forward| the tracker has a battery life of up to five days and also features smart coaching and recommendations based on your daily habits over time.

| Misfit Shine

If you like your fitness trackers sleek and minimal| then the Misfit Shine ($70) may be for you. The Shine conceals its technology in a metallic orb (choose from four different colors) and tracks steps| calories| and sleep. It can also track activities (running| cycling| and swimming). The circular| waterproof Shine can be worn on your wrist| clipped to your clothing| or worn as a necklace| depending on which accessory you buy| and includes a watch battery that lasts about four months. The lights on the Shine can tell you how much progress you’ve made that day| but for more detailed information| you’ll need the free iOS or Android app; the Shine syncs with the app when you place it on your phone.

| Polar Loop

The waterproof Polar Loop ($110) tracks your steps and calories; after syncing via Bluetooth or USB cable| the iPhone-only app also features an Activity Guide that tells you specific things you can do to help you meet your daily goal (for example| going on a 20-minute walk). If you’re sitting down for a while| the app will also remind you to get moving. On the bracelet| the display shows the words “”Up|”” “”Walk|”” or “”Jog”” depending on your activity intensity; you can also sync a heart-rate sensor to the tracker to help you more accurately track your movement. The Polar Loop is available in black| blue| or purple.

| Polar Loop 2

The Polar Loop 2 ($120) has all the same features of the Polar Loop| with the addition of smart notifications for calls| messages| and calendar alerts| vibration alerts| and alarms.

| Bowflex Boost

The Bowflex Boost ($50) has all the same basic features of any fitness tracker but at a more affordable price. It tracks calories| steps| and distance as well as sleep stats| all of which sync wirelessly and automatically with its accompanying iPhone app (it’s not compatible with Android devices). There’s no display| but red| yellow| and green lights let you know whether you’ve hit your goals. For more details on the Bowflex Boost| read Self’s review here.

| BodyMedia Fit Link

The BodyMedia Fit Link (limited availability on Amazon) isn’t as sleekly designed as the other trackers| but it has staying power for two reasons: it’s simple| and it works. Wear the band on your upper arm throughout the day to track calories burned| exercise intensity| steps taken| and sleep quality. You can also keep track of everything you’re eating using the online weight management system. At the end of the day| upload your activity stats to see if you burned more calories than consumed. One big downside of this tracker is that after a free six-month membership| a $7-per-month subscription is required to access the data it collects. The BodyMedia syncs wirelessly with smartphones and also plugs into your Mac or PC to download and view data. BodyMedia was recently acquired by Jawbone| so expect its technology to pop up on the company’s sleeker design.

| Withings Pulse Ox

The lightweight Withings Pulse OX ($100) is a wrist tracker that also clips onto your clothing and measures steps| distance| elevation| calories| and sleep. When you run| the Pulse shows you how long and how far you’ve gone. It also measures heart rate and blood oxygen level with a single touch of your finger. Then| sync data wirelessly to your iOS or Android phone with the free Withings app. The Pulse has a battery life of about two weeks before needing to be recharged.

| Nike+ FuelBand SE

The Nike+ FuelBand SE (discontinued| but available at some sporting goods stores) includes a few extra features from the previous FuelBand. The FuelBand SE tracks calories| steps| and Nike Fuel points| but the new model now also tracks sleep. It also aims to improve calorie burn and Fuel point accuracy with a new feature that allows you to log different types of workout sessions (such as yoga or weight lifting). The water-resistant FuelBand SE syncs automatically with the iPhone app| so you don’t have to push a button to upload data as you do with the older model. Neither the FuelBand SE nor FuelBand is compatible with Android devices.

How You Are Ruining Your Leggings

Don’t make the mistake of ruining your exspensive leggings by washing them too often, or not enough! Luckily, our friends at Self have some tips on keeping them just as new.

You love to wear your leggings everywhere ¡ª to the gym, to the grocery store, to brunch ¨C and don’t worry, you’re not alone: in 2014 sales for athletic pants equaled denim sales for the first time ever. If you’re devoted to the athleisure lifestyle, it’s important to make sure you’re caring for your $90 Lululemons the right way. Stop sabotaging your favorite joggers; here are six common care mistakes that are causing them to wear out.

1. You’re using warm water.

You’ve probably heard that using cold water won’t really clean your clothes, but that’s a myth. When it comes to workout pants, which are typically made with elastane ¡ª a synthetic fiber that gives the stretchy, comfy feeling we all love ¡ª washing in heat is actually a no-go.

Elastane is extremely sensitive and can be damaged by high temps. Finding a detergent that allows you to wash your workout gear in cooler water will maintain the fiber integrity and keep the elasticity of your leggings intact. Not to mention it will keep colors vibrant and fresh longer.

2. You’re using the dryer.

Elastane fiber does not mix well with the heat of the dryer. It’s sensitivity to high temps can damage the stretch factor and result in yoga pants that no longer keep everything locked in place. For best care practices, let your leggings air dry naturally. However if you simply must use the machine, experts suggest tumble dry on low.

3. You’re using regular bleach.

Bleach can be a lifesaver when you’ve spilled red wine on your favorite cotton dress, but for garments with synthetic fibers like elastane, polyester and nylon (aka the primary fibers in your fave leggings) traditional chlorine bleach is the enemy. Care for your white or nude leggings like you would care for your teeth, says Mary Johnson, P&G Fabric Care fiber scientist. Use a cleaning product that acts like floss and gets down in between clothing fibers to remove dirt and soils. She suggests reaching for oxygenated bleach, which is safe for all colors and will breakdown body soils and odor on a fiber level while still maintaining the benefits of regular bleach.

4. You’re not using fabric softener.

You probably thought fabric softener was optional; in fact, it’s an absolute necessity. You wouldn’t skimp on conditioner for your hair after a good wash, so why would you forego the conditioner of laundry? A good fabric softener is just like a hair treatment and will keep your yoga pant fibers smooth, combed and realigned, thus reducing pilling and dreaded fuzz. For looser garments, a fabric conditioner can also prevent static cling as well.

5. You’re not washing your bottoms ASAP.

On any given day, we produce one liter of sweat, 10 grams of salt, 40 grams of grease and sebum and 10 grams of skin cells and flakes ¡ª and that’s without a workout built in. All of those body soils get can get mixed together and embedded in your clothes. In fact, 70 percent of laundry soils are invisible, says Johnson. And all those invisible soils can lead to the deterioration and degradation of your leggings.

“Dirt can destroy clothes,” explains Elaine Cella, P&G Fabric Care fiber scientist. “If you think about sebum, it’s sticky. It attracts dirt over time.” And it only gets worse the longer you wait to wash your dirty clothes, she says. She suggests approaching your dirty workout clothes as you would a stain. Just as if you treat a stain immediately, you’re more likely to remove the unwanted mark; if you wash a soiled garment ASAP, you’re more likely to remove dirt and bacteria and keep your clothes from attracting more damaging soils.

Bottom line: Letting your used workout clothes sit in the hamper for days and days is actually harmful to the fabric.

6. You’re wearing your pants too often between washes.

Guilty of recycling a pair of leggings you know aren’t exactly, um, fresh? That second (or third) wear may be damaging your leggings more than you know.

“The longer you wear something, the more you sweat without even realizing it,” says Cella. Even normal, everyday wear can leave body soil on the garment, which can actually eat away at the fibers, explains Cella. Think twice before wearing a pair of leggings over and over before washing, assuming they’re still clean enough.

¡ª Caitlin Miller

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How You Are Ruining Your Leggings

Don’t make the mistake of ruining your exspensive leggings by washing them too often| or not enough! Luckily| our friends at Self have some tips on keeping them just as new.

You love to wear your leggings everywhere to the gym| to the grocery store| to brunch C and don’t worry| you’re not alone: in 2014 sales for athletic pants equaled denim sales for the first time ever. If you’re devoted to the athleisure lifestyle| it’s important to make sure you’re caring for your $90 Lululemons the right way. Stop sabotaging your favorite joggers; here are six common care mistakes that are causing them to wear out.

1. You’re using warm water.

You’ve probably heard that using cold water won’t really clean your clothes| but that’s a myth. When it comes to workout pants| which are typically made with elastane a synthetic fiber that gives the stretchy| comfy feeling we all love washing in heat is actually a no-go.

Elastane is extremely sensitive and can be damaged by high temps. Finding a detergent that allows you to wash your workout gear in cooler water will maintain the fiber integrity and keep the elasticity of your leggings intact. Not to mention it will keep colors vibrant and fresh longer.

2. You’re using the dryer.

Elastane fiber does not mix well with the heat of the dryer. It’s sensitivity to high temps can damage the stretch factor and result in yoga pants that no longer keep everything locked in place. For best care practices| let your leggings air dry naturally. However if you simply must use the machine| experts suggest tumble dry on low.

3. You’re using regular bleach.

Bleach can be a lifesaver when you’ve spilled red wine on your favorite cotton dress| but for garments with synthetic fibers like elastane| polyester and nylon (aka the primary fibers in your fave leggings) traditional chlorine bleach is the enemy. Care for your white or nude leggings like you would care for your teeth| says Mary Johnson| P&G Fabric Care fiber scientist. Use a cleaning product that acts like floss and gets down in between clothing fibers to remove dirt and soils. She suggests reaching for oxygenated bleach| which is safe for all colors and will breakdown body soils and odor on a fiber level while still maintaining the benefits of regular bleach.

4. You’re not using fabric softener.

You probably thought fabric softener was optional; in fact| it’s an absolute necessity. You wouldn’t skimp on conditioner for your hair after a good wash| so why would you forego the conditioner of laundry? A good fabric softener is just like a hair treatment and will keep your yoga pant fibers smooth| combed and realigned| thus reducing pilling and dreaded fuzz. For looser garments| a fabric conditioner can also prevent static cling as well.

5. You’re not washing your bottoms ASAP.

On any given day| we produce one liter of sweat| 10 grams of salt| 40 grams of grease and sebum and 10 grams of skin cells and flakes ¡ª and that’s without a workout built in. All of those body soils get can get mixed together and embedded in your clothes. In fact| 70 percent of laundry soils are invisible| says Johnson. And all those invisible soils can lead to the deterioration and degradation of your leggings.

“Dirt can destroy clothes|” explains Elaine Cella| P&G Fabric Care fiber scientist. “If you think about sebum| it’s sticky. It attracts dirt over time.” And it only gets worse the longer you wait to wash your dirty clothes| she says. She suggests approaching your dirty workout clothes as you would a stain. Just as if you treat a stain immediately| you’re more likely to remove the unwanted mark; if you wash a soiled garment ASAP| you’re more likely to remove dirt and bacteria and keep your clothes from attracting more damaging soils.

Bottom line: Letting your used workout clothes sit in the hamper for days and days is actually harmful to the fabric.

6. You’re wearing your pants too often between washes.

Guilty of recycling a pair of leggings you know aren’t exactly| um| fresh? That second (or third) wear may be damaging your leggings more than you know.

“The longer you wear something| the more you sweat without even realizing it|” says Cella. Even normal| everyday wear can leave body soil on the garment| which can actually eat away at the fibers| explains Cella. Think twice before wearing a pair of leggings over and over before washing| assuming they’re still clean enough.

¡ª Caitlin Miller

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25 Inexpensive Fitness Gifts That Still Feel Pricey

25 Inexpensive Fitness Gifts That Still Feel Pricey

If you have a long holiday list to tackle| we’re here to help you score the perfect find u2014 without breaking the bank. We’ve rounded up 25 gifts| with selections for the runner| yogi| cyclist| and overall fitness freak. Your wallet will appreciate that all these finds are under $25.

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| Swell Water Bottle

Ever since we found this heart-themed water bottle ($25) from Swell| we’ve been wanting one for ourselves. Almost anyone in your life will love toting around this bottle.

| You Are One Run Away From a Good Mood

Placing this picture with the announcement “”You Are One Run Away From a Good Mood“” ($15) near their bed will help a friend or family member pop out of bed and hit the streets in the morning.

| Oh My Quads!

Who says strength training is just for dudes? We love this “”Oh My Quad”” tank ($22). Give one to your workout buddy| or gift yourself with one!

| Spiral Vegetable Spiralizer

Gluten-free| Paleo| and low-carb healthy eaters will flip for this Procizion Vegetable Spiral Slicer ($18) that will help them create veggie noodles at home in just a few minutes.

| The Grid Mini

For your jet-setting pal| give this suitcase-ready Grid Mini ($25). Small enough to fit in their bag| the foam roller can relieve any travel-related aches as soon as they step off the plane.

| Smartwool Ski Socks

A basic necessity for the skier or rider in your life. They’ll always appreciate a new pair of these Smartwool PhD ski socks ($24). They’re made with strategically placed mesh panels to allow for ventilation and moisture management to keep tootsies dry and comfy.

| Fabletics Scarf

Give the gift of a cozy post-workout walk home (or to the car) with this athletic scarf ($15) from Kate Hudson‘s new fitness brand| Fabletics. Not only is it perfect for fighting the chill after a hard sweat session| but it’s great for travel| too.

| NatureBox Deluxe

For a friend who always has healthy snacks handy| gift a NatureBox Deluxe Box ($20) that arrives straight to their door. All of the offerings are delicious| and even better| all of the picks are nutritionist approved.

| Motivational Bracelet

A little motivation goes a long way| and this handmade “”stronger than yesterday”” cuff bracelet ($15) is sure to get your fitness fanatic friend’s fire going. It’s made of aluminum alloy| while each bracelet is uniquely stamped. They’re sure to appreciate looking down and getting the push they need on those days they’d rather just chill on the couch.

| Electra Bike Bells

Whatever your biking pals are into| Electra has an artsy bike bell ($16) to suit their fancy u2014 from Day of the Dead motifs to Navajo prints. These classic “”ding-dong””-style bells are perfect for any urban cyclist and can add style to the most fashionable fixie!

| Philosophie Protein Powder

While you might think it’s a little weird to gift someone with protein powder| the fit fanatic in your life is going to love you for it. Up the ante with Philosophie plant-based protein powders ($8 per bag). Besides containing more protein per serving than an egg and more iron than a steak| they are also full of antioxidants and much-needed nutrients. Perfect for the next amazing smoothie!

| Believe Journal

Anyone who’s committing to run a race will benefit from this Believe Journal ($19) designed by pro athletes Lauren Fleshman and Ro McGettigan. It will help hold them accountable and keep them motivated!

| Sun Salutation Poster

Any yogi with a new home practice will appreciate this sweet Sun Salutation print ($16). Not only will it bring a zen vibe to the home| but it will help them remember the correct order of the poses in Sun Salutation A too.

| Prepara Tabletop Oil Mister

Calories can easily add up| which is why these Tabletop Oil Misters ($15) are great. Instead of dousing a salad in oil| lightly spray for a thin| even coating of dressing. Also great for cooking| grilling| and baking.

| Brooks Ah-Mazing Headband

Every active person with long hair needs a headband to keep the flyaways and bangs from interfering with a good workout. The braided Ah-Mazing Headband (was $16| now $10) makes the perfect practical gift. It’s cute and fashionable| and after a sweaty workout| it can be tossed directly into the washing machine.

| H&M Tights

Everyone needs a good pair of basic black fitness pants| and these H&M Sports Tights ($25) are a great| affordable option. Not only will they make it easy for her to put together a cute exercise outfit| but the wide waistband with a key pocket makes these tights functional and flattering.

| Aqua Sphere Kaiman Goggles

No swimmer can have too many goggles| and these Kaiman goggles ($20| originally $22) are designed for a smaller fit. Perfect for women with petite heads and smaller eye sockets| these black goggles with smoky lenses are sleek and easily adjustable| and they offer UVA/UVB protection for open-water and outdoor swims.

| Skullcandy Chops

Music is a must during a high-intensity workout| but those earbuds don’t always cut it. These Skullcandy Chops Bud ($20) are a high-quality pick that stay put and don’t come with an exorbitant price tag. It also doesn’t hurt that these headphones come in a ton of bright and fun colors like this hot-pink offering.

| Klean Kanteen Canisters

Klean Kanteen isn’t just for your water! The brand also makes stainless steel food canisters u2014 eight ounces ($18) or 16 ounces ($22). BPA free| eco-friendly| leakproof| airtight| and shatterproof| they’re perfect for anyone’s snacking needs| from dry foods like trail mix to wet foods like yogurt.

| Bodum Tea For One

An easy method for brewing loose tea is certainly a gift that keeps on giving. The Tea For One set ($18)| from Bodum| is an elegant double-wall glass mug with an easily removed strainer. The lid keeps the tea warm while brewing and doubles as a trivet. Include a tin of green tea| and you’re golden!

| Manduka Sling

If your yoga-loving friend is a minimalist| she or he will love this simple Manduka The Commuter sling ($16). It fits any-size yoga mat| and not only does this sling offer an easy way to do it| but it also doubles as a strap you can use during the practice. The padded shoulder strap makes it super comfy| and aside from the black shown| it also comes in two other earthy hues.

| GapFit Heathered Racerback Tank

Go ahead u2014 layer up! These breathable GapFit Heathered Racer Camis ($20) dry fast and fit close to her body u2014 just the thing to throw on underneath a cozy running jacket or for an indoor cycling class. No matter what her workout| she’ll appreciate the versatility of these tanks.

| Mind Over Matter Necklace

Any serious runners in your life would appreciate receiving this Mind Over Matter Necklace ($21) for a holiday gift or as a memento of a tough race.

| Swiftwick Compression Socks

An active person will love receiving a pair of Swiftwick performance compression socks ($25). Why? The faster they can recover| the faster they’ll be back at it again!

| Yogitoes rDot

To get deeper into poses and twists| an avid yogi will love this Yogitoes rDot “”Block”” ($11| originally $20). The circular shape might throw them off at first| but it will contour to the body’s lines and offer the perfect amount of support.

Fitness Gifts For $10 or Less For Everyone on Your List

Fitness Gifts For $10 or Less For Everyone on Your List

Fortunately| the gift of fitness doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. From the yogi or the runner to the gym rat in your life| here are 15 gifts under $10 any fitness fanatic will adore. And with the price so low| you’ll want to pick up some of these items for yourself| too!

| Running Hat

Keep your loved one’s head warm with a fast-drying H&M running hat ($6) that even has an opening for a ponytail.

| SmartWool Socks

Made with merino wool| these SmartWool PhD Run Ultralight No-Show Socks ($8) are soft| comfortable| and amazing at wicking moisture to prevent blisters. Who couldn’t use another pair of socks?!

| Yoga Mat Spray

It’s not the most traditional gift| but trust us: your special someone will be happy to renew their sweaty and sticky yoga mat with this two-ounce Manduka mat spray ($9) that they can keep in their yoga bag.

| Kettlebell Ornament

Know someone who is a CrossFit junkie? They’ll flip for this sparkling kettlebell ornament ($9) that will add some much-needed muscle to their holiday tree.

| Gym Lock

Any workout junkie knows that storing stuff at the gym requires a solid lock to keep it safe. This Master Lock padlock ($7) means they can enjoy their sweat session stress-free.

| Running Charms

For the runner in your life| celebrate a race milestone with a 5K| 13.1| or 26.2 sterling silver charm ($10). It’s a simple and sweet reminder of how awesome they are.

| Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle

For the gym rat who doesn’t like to carry a lot to workouts| the Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle ($7) makes a perfect gift. They can stash it in their bag and fill it up at the gym. It holds 34 ounces of water and is lightweight and compact| plus the screw cap prevents spills. Choose from a variety of colors including red| purple| blue| and green.

| Mr. Tea

Since drinking caffeinated tea before exercise is a great way to increase endurance and ease postexercise muscle soreness| tea drinkers will get a little chuckle from this Fred and Friends Mr. Tea Infuser ($6) molded from food-safe soft silicone rubber. Put some loose tea in his trousers and perch Mr. Tea on the mug’s edge. Adorable and practical.

| Inspirational Posters

For a little inspiration they can hang in their bedroom or home gym| these posters are both beautiful and effective. Choose the one that speaks to you.

Do More of What Makes You Awesome ($7)

Work Hard Stay Humble ($4)

The Tree That Bends Doesn’t Break ($9)

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For ($4)

| Jump Rope

This Valeo Neon Jump Rope ($7) makes an inexpensive gift for someone who wants to try something new in their cardio routine. The nine-foot rope resists stretching| and the slim handles are easy to grasp. It’s the perfect gift for the fit-minded person who travels a lot.

| Yoga Cookie Cutter

What yogi isn’t a fan of cookies? She or he will get a kick out of these Yummi Yogi cookie cutters ($9 each). Choose Warrior 2| Down Dog| Tree| Warrior 3| or Crescent Lunge.

| Strobe Light

Give the gift of safety with this Strobelight by Nathan ($10). Just clip it onto a jacket or pocket| and its strobing or steady light will increase visibility for the person who enjoys walking| running| or biking when it’s dark. It’s water-resistant and offers 100 hours of illumination. Plus| it comes in bright| fun colors.

| Lunch Container

Here’s a practical gift you know they’ll use every day u2014 a BPA-free Goodbyn Bynto ($9). Offering three compartments and a handy handle for carrying| it keeps your food separate and leakproof u2014 yes| even yogurt! The top two larger compartments hold about two cups each| and the smaller one holds one cup.

| Headbands

Help hair stay put during sweaty workouts with a six-pack of Puma ProCat Headbands ($10).

| Burt’s Bees Kit

If your friend or loved one spends a lot of time exercising in the cold weather or snow| prevent dry| chapped skin with an Essential Burt’s Bees Kit ($10). It includes trial sizes of the brand’s most popular products| including Soap Bark Deep Cleansing Cream| Hand Salve| Milk and Honey Body Lotion| Beeswax Lip Balm (a cold-weather must!)| and Coconut Foot Cream. All products are paraben-free and made with natural ingredients.

Yoga Gifts That Will Make Them Say, ‘Ommm My God, Thank You!’

Yoga Gifts That Will Make Them Say| “Ommm My God| Thank You!””

The yogi in your life is humble and wouldn’t ask for a thing| but if you got him or her one of these yoga-inspired gifts| they’d be eternally grateful.

| Yoga Print

Cute and sweet and simple| this yoga print ($10) is the perfect small gift for a stocking stuffer or to thank your yoga teacher.

| Lole Lily Tote

This versatile Lole Lily Tote ($140) has straps in the back so you can wear it as a backpack (perfect for riding your bike to class). It has compartments for your mat| a 13-inch laptop| your smartphone| keys| extra clothes| your water bottle| and shoes. Choose from the three colors shown.

| Mala Beads

Traditional mala beads are used as a tool to help the mind focus during meditation| and these from Lovepray jewelry ($108) would be a gorgeous| thoughtful gift for anyone in your life with a consistent practice. They can be worn as either a necklace or wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet. They’re made with various gemstones including amazonite (pale blue)| pink quartz| and unakite (green).

| Yogi Surprise

Each month| the yogi in your life can get a sweet Yogi Surprise! It includes six to eight full-sized| handcrafted| vegetarian| and cruelty-free goodies curated by seasoned yogis. We’re talking yoga accessories| jewelry| organic snacks| and natural beauty products at a cost of $45 per month. Take a peek inside to see an example of what she’ll receive. Yogi Surprise also offers a yoga jewelry subscription box for $25 a month.

| Manduka PRO Mat

Hands down the best yoga mat out there| the Manduka PRO ($108) has a lifetime guarantee| so it’s a gift that will last forever. It’s thick and dense and offers unbeatable cushion and a nonslip surface. It comes in tons of colors| as well as the classic black ($98).

| Yoga Doll

For the younger yogis in your life| or for yogi parents trying to spark the love of yoga in their children’s lives| the Asana Yoga Girl ($30) is the perfect way to inspire health and happiness. She comes dressed in yoga pants with a yoga mat and yoga ball| but also has hand weights and a hair brush for added fun. She can move into all kinds of yoga poses like Backbends| Lotus| and Pigeon. Cute| right?

| Asana Cookie Cutters

If your yogi loves cookies| he or she will get a kick out of these Yummi Yogi cookie cutters. Buy the entire five-pose set for $40 or individual pose cutters for $9 each.

| Tea Ball With Ohm Charm

Many yogis love cupping their hands around a warm mug of tea| and this handmade Tea Ball With Ohm Charm ($6) is such a sweet gift.

| Chakra Earrings

Yoga has a unique way of moving prana (energy) through the subtle body. There are seven key points along the subtle body known as chakras| and each one is associated with a different color. These chakra earrings ($36) will be a sweet way to remind the wearer to reconnect with the energy inside| to feel grounded and more joyful.

| Chakra Box

For more chakra love| give the Chakra Box ($30) of dairy-free chocolate truffles. Almost too gorgeous to eat| flavors include chai| tangerine| green tea| peppermint| and honey vanilla.

| K-Deer Leggings

These fun and vibrantly colored leggings ($98| some styles on sale for $64) will brighten anyone’s practice. They seamlessly hug your legs| making you feel stronger and more confident with every breath.

| Yogi Cake Pan

For the yogi bakers who like creating homemade protein bars or vegan cupcakes| this nine-by-13-inch aluminum cake pan ($44) is beautifully designed. The snap-on lid is perfect for storing goodies or bringing them to guests.

| Motivational Water Bottle

Lemon water just got better with this Motivational Infuser Water Bottle ($23). Made of BPA-free plastic| it offers a large opening for filling| sipping| and cleaning| and the infuser is removable. Plus| the quote is just awesome.

| Daily Practice Jacket

For an extra comfy layer to throw on over a yoga outfit| the Lululemon Daily Practice Jacket ($118-$128) offers a slim| stretchy fit. The thumbholes keep sleeves from sliding up| and the two front pockets are perfect for a phone or keys. It comes in the color shown| as well as black| dark gray| and berry.

| Yogitoes Skidless Towel

Skip those yoga socks and gloves| and keep your friend from slipping off the mat with a Yogitoes Skidless Mat Towel ($51-$76). Made of highly absorbent microfiber with comfortable nubs that provide traction and grip| you can be sure that there will be no slipping out of Downward Dog.