Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! I bet you're wondering what I have in store for you! Obviously it's fitness related, but what is it exactly? I decided that this week I wanted to focus on the general category of fitness..not one type of workout or another. I also wanted to look and see how many handmade items Etsy had that were for fitness. I wasn't disappointed. There were a couple of things I wondered if I would be able to find, but find I did.
I primarily like to do a mixture of pilates, yoga, and cardio (I hate cardio though--nearly kills me). There are a lot of things out there to work on your fitness, but I like to stick to YouTube. There are a variety of workout channels, and you can find pretty much any exercise routine for free. Before we hop into this week's favorites, I wanted to share (for those of you thinking of getting started working out or seasoned veterans) some of my favorite channels that keep me motivated even after a long day of work. My top 3 are (in no particular order) : Blogilates, Tone it Up, and Yoga with Adriene. They all have aspects that I really like. The first two have calendar workouts and their own online communities. They also incorporate various types of workouts into their videos. Yoga with Adriene is probably the best yoga series I've done. I have a thing with voices when it comes to yoga---I can't relax with a lot of yoga YouTubers, but Adriene has a voice that I can relax to. If you're interested, click on the image, and it will take you to their YouTube pages ;)
Now...Let the favorites begin!
Item #1 is from NewWaySigns
I have never been the best at making sure I get enough water...ever. I'm trying to do better now, but I'll tell ya...it's not easy. I have reminders on my phone that go off every 30 minutes that tell me to drink up! I think this water bottle would be something quite useful for those of us who do have problems getting enough water in our systems and also good for those tracking their water intake. The bottles are BPA-free, and the wording is made from outdoor vinyl. It looks like a great motivator, and the color combination is awesome!
Item#2 is from ConquerItCloithingCo
Hahahahaha! I love this shirt!! I absolutely feel like this when I do cardio! Me and cardio have a love hate relationship...mostly hate though. I'm trying to do better at making sure I do some cardio every day to improve my endurance, but sometimes, I really just want to say "nope, " and plop my butt on the couch. This looks like it would be comfortable and cool when working out or just lounging around..Admit it..we all do it!
Item #3 is from thePoleBarn
You can tell I like bright things, can't you? I do like dark things too, but these shorts just screamed "me!" I'm loving the pattern and the color combination. I haven't seen many of these around (especially without the foldover waist). These are one size fits most, so the fit will vary from person to person. They are made to be tight enough to stay up but not so tight that they cut into your skin. I'm sure everyone will like that idea plus the fact that they're made from soft material!
Item #4 is from YetiYoga
I was pleasantly surprised with how many handmade yoga mats I found on Etsy. There were a lot! I really love this one because of the patterns and color combination. It's composed of primarily neutral colors but with a pop of color. I find the color variation quite soothing. You don't have to do yoga to need a mat. Any workout can benefit from it. If you have all hardwood floors, you're going to need something to cushion your body or else you're going to be hurting. This particular mat is 1/4" thick, which is a good thickness, and measures 24" x 72" (measurements are in inches). The makers of this brand of mat have a nice variety of mats of choose from, so if this isn't your cup of tea, they definitely have one that is! (All of their mats are PVC-, latex-, and phthalate-free!)
Item #5 is from TraceyLipman
If you have a yoga mat, you need a way to carry it. You could just shove it into your gym bag, but I think a mat bag would keep it under control a little better. You can wear these as cross-bodies or over one shoulder, so if you prefer one way over the other, you do have a choice. The maker of these mat bags has created a product that no one could be displeased with...she's put in extra options, and I love them! The main pouch is closed with a zipper, and...there's a little zippered pocket on the side for small items! Pockets are always necessary. The strap is padded for comfort if you're walking a long distance to your class or workout spot. The maker has several different patterns and all are home decor/canvas materials. Worried about your mat fitting? Don't be--extra room has been allowed for in case you have a thicker mat.
That's all I have for you all this week! I hope you've enjoyed this fitness edition of Weekly Wednesday! Let me know if you'd like to see more posts like this or if you have any suggestions for future posts! Make sure to go over to your favorite handmade site and show some makers some love.
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Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.