Welcome, August, the hottest month of the year! Since I’m not a heat person, there isn’t much about this month that I look forward to. However, I have become fantastically good at finding the best products to keep your cool as the temps climb. So, for you fit moms out there, here are a few must-haves for summer fitness:
I have never been a soda or sugary drink consumer, but every now and then, I need and want something more than water, especially after sweating buckets. Usually, I dilute Gatorade to make a good after-exercise drink…. But then I found Nuun. I received a sample of this in one of my marathon race packets, and from my first taste, I was hooked! Enjoy it frequently as one-tablet flavors 16-ounces of water for only six calories. Not to mention, Nuun also includes 17 vitamins and minerals. Of the flavors I’ve tried, I love lemon-lime and citrus fruit. The orange flavor is okay, and the berry is so-so. Order it from Road Runner Sports.
Moving Comfort Fiona Bra (*excellent for breastfeeding)
This sports bra is wonderful on so many levels! It provides enough support for my hard-to-miss boobs thanks to breastfeeding; it provides enough coverage to wear by itself for those extremely hot runs or gym sessions; and its adjustable Velcro straps make it so easy to undo when the little one is hungry (I’ve taken to wearing this as my everyday bra thanks to the ease of this last part). Buy it from Road Runner Sports in the same order as the Nuun purchase.
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle
When the temperature soars, the last thing I want to do is weigh myself down with a heavy meal. Especially in the past week as the temperature has really climbed where I live, I wait to get in my workout until five in the evening. When hunger strikes before my workout has started, I reach for one of the Honey Stinger Organic Waffles. These have only 160 calories per waffle, which gives you enough of a boost for a workout (I’ve also used these as my pre-race meal). I’ve tried the strawberry and vanilla flavors and enjoy both equally. Buy them at Road Runner Sports (can you tell where I shop yet?).
The best way to stay hydrated is to have a water bottle with you no matter where you go. My husband makes fun of me, because I upgraded to the 32-oz CamelBak eddy bottle. That’s right, I take an entire liter of water with me even when I go to the store. But you know what? My husband is always stealing water from me, because he never brings his own! And I am always well hydrated since I now have enough water for my water-stealing husband and myself. You can buy this at, wait for it… Road Runner Sports. However, I don’t see that they have the liter-size available. You might have to go to CamelBak itself to purchase the mega size.
Dr. Dennis Gross Powerful Sun Protection SPF 45 Cream
You can probably guess from my need for SPF 45, I am pretty darn fair. Your guess would be correct, so you can take my sunscreen recommendation to the bank. This sunscreen is very water resistant and provides high protection after 80 minutes of activity in water or perspiring. Buy it direct from the Dr. Dennis Gross site.
Are there any summer products that help get you through your workouts? Email me and let me know!