Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fit finds.

I am switching up my usual foodie posts to focus on some fitness-related items I have recently purchased.

First up: shoes. You may remember the post in which I discussed my Vibrams. They lasted me about 8 months, and recently, I was experiencing a strange discomfort in my toe. I attributed this to my Vibrams wearing out since I used them 4-5 times per week for pretty intense workouts.

While I am a huge fan of the Vibrams, I am not a fan of the lack of sock wearing. I really do believe that my knee problems have been cured by wearing minimalist shoes. I did some research and found Merrells. These are also minimalist shoes but in the form of a traditional shoe...aka one can wear socks with them. :)

I must say that the color is probably half of the reason I love those shoes so much! But in all seriousness, these shoes are comfortable and so far have been very good to both my knees and feet for running, Zumba, kickboxing, boot camp - you name it.

Next: stability ball.

I read articles about how sitting/inactivity is a terrible disease. And yet, the majority of us are forced to sit for long periods of time every day. I am one of those people, and I am very aware that not even my one hour workouts will reverse the all day sitting problem. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and get a stability ball.

And now when I come home, I will be sitting on this rather than on the couch. And of course, maybe I will eventually incorporate some stability ball exercises into my day, too!

Lastly: foam roller.

I am obsessed with this foam roller and I only bought it yesterday. It's like having a personal masseuse! But it is also so very painful, especially for quads and IT band for me. I am hoping that the more I roll, the less painful it will get. Apparently, one can do other exercises with the foam roller such as abs, etc. But for now I am concentrating on the rolling.

Any fitness finds you have found recently? Fill me in -- I might just feature it on the next fit finds post!

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