Professional Massage Relief at Home ~ MyoBuddy Massager Review

One gander at the almost comical expressions of relief people display when trying the MyoBuddy® Massager, and you'll be dying to give this a try.  At least that's the reaction my husband and I both had when we watched this.  Filmed at what appears to be a trade show booth, it's pretty convincing.  I've now tried it myself... here's my honest MyoBuddy Massager review. October 2017 UPDATE:  My husband recently took a physically demanding job, and now uses the MyoBuddy Massager DAILY.  He's commented several times how well it works, reduces his pain, and is a lifesaver!   Though professional grade, this nifty handheld massager is a soothing and helpful tool you can own and use right in your own home.  It can assist in boosting workout recovery.  Or simply aid in relieving those painful knots from tension and stress that we so often hold in our shoulders and upper back. Between my husband and I, we work long hours at an office computer job, lift weights, work out, and … [Read more...]

TomTom® Adventurer is the Ultimate GPS Outdoor Watch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®.  The opinions and texts are all mine. For those of you who've considered a fitness watch, GPS watch, or any other type of sports tracker, or maybe you're just ready to upgrade your watch tech, and would love to see a product that offers more than ever before, you're going to be very excited to see the new TomTom® Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch. Just released this fall, the TomTom® Adventurer packs a powerful punch of functionality and convenience.  Plus, it's perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. TomTom® Adventurer as a Fitness Watch I've personally never worn a step tracker or fitness watch of any kind.  But I've always been curious if it would motivate me to be more active in my daily life.  Since I work in an office full time, I spend way too many sedentary hours at the computer, and have become lax about taking some ergonomic breaks and taking a walk. Wearing the TomTom® Adventurer the past two weeks has … [Read more...]

Sqord Helps Families Play Together, Win Together [Giveaway, Ended 11/25]

I’m excited to introduce you to Sqord, a family fitness platform that makes healthy, active play more fun for kids by allowing them to compete and earn points for everyday activities.   Sqord wrist bands are an accelerometer worn to record your activity level, and provide a visual reminder to encourage movement. One part social community, one part fitness tracker, one part game.  The brand’s first product:  the Sqord Pod and Game App that encourages kids to get out and play with others - building camaraderie and friendship through exercise-related activities. How does it work?  The Sqord Activity Pod tracks movement in the real world and converts it into Sqord Activity Points that kids can use in the Sqord App. Available for Android and Apple, the Sqord game app enables players to wirelessly sync and upload their points, and increases engagement and interest from kids by adding an element of friendly competition. The more Sqord Activity Points they earn, the more and … [Read more...]

SPORT Clothing Line by Performance Bicycle

Because my recent foray into my runDisney half marathon bucket list left me with achy knees and zero desire to run... my new passion is riding my bike.  So getting to try some pieces from the Performance Bicycle clothing line was an exciting prospect.  And if you are someone who enjoys a variety of athletic activities, you'll like the multi purpose SPORT clothing line that Performance now offers. With styles for both men and women, this well priced line combines excellent cycling performance with contemporary, stylish designs that accommodate active lifestyles. Performance Bicycle Sport Clothing Active wear is my favorite type of clothing, as it's so comfortable and can be worn in most casual settings.  And if you find yourself on the move - be it at the gym, or just on a bike ride or hike - the high performing technical fabrics are ideal, wicking sweat and drying quickly. Here were my favorite picks from the Performance Bicycle SPORT clothing collection, which I've had a … [Read more...]

Kick Start Your Year With The Ultimate Carry-On & Workout Bag

Haiku Bags has become one of my absolute favorite brands for making well designed, high quality, outdoorsy stylish bags.  Their line is perfect for an active lifestyle, equipping you on your day's adventures whether they take you to the office, traveling, or exploring the outdoors.  I love the plentiful storage and organization pockets, multiple carrying strap options, and thoughtful design features. Their use of CyclePET® fabric, made from 100% recycled clear beverage bottles, makes them an eco-friendly choice.  Each season brings new embroidered design accents and colors, each with the unique Haiku flair. I've been using the Haiku Passage Duffle for a few weeks now, and it's one of absolute favorites.  This is a fantastic multi-purpose bag that is beautiful, durable, and works equally well for travel or the gym. Haiku Passage Duffle Features At-A-Glance The Haiku Passage Duffle currently comes in either black or cactus.   Here are some of it's core features: CyclePET® … [Read more...]

Muscle Recovery & Relief With RAD Massage Tools

Got pain from working out, training for an upcoming runDisney race, or just sitting at your boring computer all day?  (Those last 2 were me.)  Then you are going to be as happy as I was to discover RAD massage tools for recovery and muscle relief.  These well designed, compact products help you work on those trouble spots by applying pressure and massage. When Dan from RAD Roller stumbled across my blog and read about my efforts to train for my first half marathon, he emailed me to tell me about RAD.  I've now been trying the RAD Roller and RAD Rod for a few weeks, and am sold on their effectiveness.  They are also affordable and high quality, and I'm excited to share these tools with my readers. RAD massage tools can help massage sore muscles, reduce tightness, and relieve pain in your lower back, neck, hips, legs, and even knees.   RAD’s focus is on achieving full-body mobility through both trigger point and larger muscle relief. RAD Massage Tools ~ RAD Roller The RAD … [Read more...]

5 Things I Can’t Run Without

There's a formula.  The gear and circumstances I can queue up for myself, to make sure I actually take that run.  Because as much as I've been enjoying training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon, there are days when I really don't want to go running. Granted I'm a beginning runner, still in the early stages of training.  I'm averaging 2.5 miles, three times per week.  I use Jeff Galloway's genius run-walk-run method, and I swear it's saving me a great deal of pain.  (Love you, Jeff!)  I've also been experimenting with various gear and items to support my running.  Thus far, I've identified these 5 things I can't run without! Note, some of the items below were sent to me as samples to test out.  Some of them I purchased myself.  All are truly great running gear, and are items I feel I can't live without. 1.  Tiny, Rockin' Music Player I have music on my phone, and music on my iPod Nano.  However, neither of these have *exclusively* running music on them.  This left me … [Read more...]

Happy Legs by VIM & VIGR [Giveaway, Ended 10/30]

If you haven't tried compression socks since your last pregnancy... it's time to get them another shot, girlfriend!  And a great place to start when looking for some compression socks with cute designs and excellent quality is VIM & VIGR. Benefits of Compression Socks Compression socks and leg sleeves are taking the fitness world by storm lately, and with good reason.  Billed as a running recovery tool, some people choose to wear them during long runs... others, afterwards.  The key is that they increase circulation, which helps get the blood flowing in your feet and lower legs and aids in disbursement of that post-exercise lactic acid in your muscles.  This is a much lovelier alternative than having lactic acid build up and incapacitate you from walking normally the next day after a solid run. Are the Benefits of Compression Socks scientific?  No idea.  I'm not a scientist.  But in my personal experience I find the sensation of compression very soothing to my feet and calves, … [Read more...]

Finding the Perfect Sports Bra

A good sports bra is a core fitness routine staple, and fairly vital piece of gear.  So how does a girl go about finding the perfect sports bra? Start by deciding what features you prefer, and are looking for in the ultimate sports bra. Do you want soft & supple fabric, or more firm and supportive? What style of straps do you prefer - traditional over-the-shoulder for a crossover daytime bra, or a racerback style? To underwire... or not to underwire.  That is the question. Are you on the prudish end of the modesty scale, and want some serious nipple-proof padding? (Ahem! *raises hand*) Will you be wearing your sports bra for Warrior Pose... or a Warrior Half Marathon?  (or both?) Some bras wick better than others... how sweaty do you get? Do you want 'em squashed down together, compression style... or do you want some separation and definition, more like a daytime bra? Personally, even though I often wear a fitness top with a built-in bra, I still end up … [Read more...]

HEX Performance Cleans and Protects Gear & Apparel

Whether your active endeavors take place in the forest, in a gym, or out with a ball in the field.... say hello to fresh-smelling gear and apparel.  HEX Performance is an innovative detergent, formulated especially for high tech fabrics.   It's the first-ever system designed specifically to clean and protect today’s high performance fabrics and athletic gear. This is great news for any athletes, fitness or outdoor enthusiasts who invest in quality performance clothing.  You pay a lot for technical moisture wicking apparel, and you want it to continue to perform for a long time. Using HEX is a great way to make sure that it does. HEX Performance ~ Cleans Smells can build up in gear and athletic/active wear clothing that doesn’t come out, no matter how many times you try and wash it.   The problem is that sweat, dirt, oil, bacteria, mildew, and other pollutants contribute to odor that gets trapped in our gear and clothing. To address this, HEX scientists have created a new … [Read more...]