Friday December 6, 2013
It's going to be really cold this week in my neck of the woods. How can you stay motivated for walking during the rush of December holidays, stress, and wintery weather?
1. Recording your walks is the best way to maintain a walking schedule. We have two monthly challenges in the Walking Forum.
2. Grab your family and friends for a Christmas lights walk. Find the best decorated neighborhoods, bundle up and enjoy!
3. Enjoy a holiday walk/run event such as the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk, held in many cities. You can use our walk finder to search for walks near you.
4. Hit the mall early, before they open to shoppers, and circle inside out of the weather to get in your daily steps. Plus, you'll be able to window shop and beat the crowds when they finally roll up the door.
5. Think you just don't have the time? Selena Sills offers these 10 Ways to Find Time to Walk During the Holidays
Photo © Wendy Bumgardner
Monday December 2, 2013
Are you thinking of a pedometer as a stocking stuffer? I have a list of pedometers for kids that include simple fun designs and advanced app-linked or computer-linked activity monitors designed for kids and families.
The latest ones I have been wearing to review are the iBitz activity monitors. They can be worn on your shoe or on your waistband and have no display. Instead, you sync your data via Bluetooth Low Energy to an iPhone, iPad or iPod app. They have an app just for kids, and an app that their parents and other family members can use to get the whole family moving more.
Review: iBitz PowerKey for Kids
Review: iBitz Unity for Adults/Families
The Pedz pedometers are designed for ages 5 and up, and give access to a kid-friendly MyPedz.com web site to track their walking steps and other healthy activities. The pedometer requires no set-up to use, everything is pre-programmed. The eyes of the pink critter are the mode and reset button. Well, kid-friendly doesn't mean Wendy-friendly and I managed to hit the reset button just a third of the way into my walk. That's what I don't like about pedometers that don't shield the reset button. Still, it's a darn cute pedometer and the web site is fun.
Review of the Pedz Pedometer and MyPedz.com web site
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy
Photo © Wendy Bumgardner
Friday November 29, 2013
Big box stores and retailers tend to rule on Black Friday. The little guys have their own day now, Small Business Saturday. This year I found a few small businesses catering to us active folks who had nifty items I was quick to buy or recommend:
Sweet Spot Skirts: Do you love the Lycra but hate displaying yourself in it to the public? You can snap on a Sweet Spot skirt and have an instant, stylish cover-up that won't get in your way while walking, biking or running. You can also shop the small businesses that sell sparkly and run race gear for walkers and runners.
RooSport Magnetic Pocket: Do you need a pocket for your keys, cell phone or energy bar but your pants don't have any? This pouch goes on over any waistband, secured by magnets, and you instantly have the pocket you need without a belt.
Flipbelt: My favorite find for this year. It's perfect for carrying all of the stuff I want quick access to during a 10K or half marathon.
Go Local for Shoes: Find the independent running shoe store in your area that caters to serious runners. This is where you will get the best, personal advice and service and get the right walking shoes. These stores often have generous return policies and keep working with you until you have the shoes that really work for you.
While some of my favorite memories are the marathon shopping days with my Grandma Ethel, I avoid crowded malls and big box stores during the holiday shopping season. I'd prefer to only step foot into a mall as an alternative walking workout site in foul weather, in the hours before the stores open.
I prefer shopping online, and our Import/Export Guide Laurel has ideas for shopping Global Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Photo © Wendy Bumgardner
Tuesday November 26, 2013
The Black Friday sales are starting earlier every year. I prefer to shop online, leaving more time for walking with friends and family! Here are deals for fitness items.
- REI: They will be having Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals on Fitbit and Garmin products (Buy Direct), in addition to their great activewear and outdoor gear. For the hard-to-buy for, my go-to idea is an REI gift card (Buy Direct)
- Zappos is my favorite online shoe store. Shop their Black Friday Clearance Sale (Buy Direct) available through 12/1/13. And check out their Gift Guide for ideas (Buy Direct)
- Smooth Fitness: is having doorbuster sales and delivery deals. (Buy Direct)
- The Walking Company: Do you need some comfort shoes to get you through the shopping season? Here's where to go for ABEO shoes and Uggs. (Buy Direct)
- FootSmart and Comfortology have great cozy comfort items in their Holiday Gift Guide, with flat rate shipping when using the code HOLFLTRT (Buy Direct).
- National Running Center: This online dealer always has great bargains for technical clothing, shoes and gear. For Black Friday they have free shipping and up to 67% off.
- Do you love Smartwool socks, or think socks are a great stocking stuffer? Amazing Socks has a buy 4, get one free deal for Black Friday.
- New Balance has 50% off select styles and free shipping.
Tips: How to Get the Best Black Friday Deals
Gift Ideas for Walkers