By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market
Did all that wassailing result in a few extra pounds? Don’t fret. If you have the resolve to move more in the New Year, we have the products that will help you start — and maybe stick to — a fitness regimen in 2014.
If you’re planning to join a gym, pick up some new workout clothes as extra motivation. Zella’s Move Pants ($74 at Nordstrom), which convert from full-length to capri, are a versatile choice, while the GapFit Breathe V-neck T ($25 at Gap) provides comfort and a flattering fit.
For guys who want to stay cool in the weight room, there’s the sweat-wicking Nike Dri-Fit Legacy Training Shorts ($35) and Adidas’ ClimaLite Performance Tee ($25, both at Kohl’s). For more coverage, check out the breathable Nike Stretch Woven Pant ($65 at Zappos.com) and the REI Tech Long-Sleeve T-Shirt ($29.50), which comes in four colors, including a blue called Puget Sound.
If more yoga is one of your New Year’s resolutions, check out the best-selling and magically slimming Perfect Core Pant (on sale for $70 at Lucy, U District) and the soft-yet-supportive Equator Tank ($35–$59 at Athleta, U District). For going to and from the studio, the sturdy canvas Banyan & Bo Yoga Tote Bag ($38 at Target) can accommodate a yoga mat and a change of clothes.
Speaking of bags, the Nike Medium Logo Duffle Bag (on sale for $27 at Macy’s) is a roomy, well-priced option, while the REI Balance Gym Bag ($47–$59.50) is shaped to fit into a gym locker. If you’re a swimmer, check out the Speedo Medium Pro Duffle Bag ($50 at Dick’s Sporting Goods), which has ventilated end caps for your wet gear and a water-resistant rubberized bottom.
Planning to work out at home? Combine the TRX Home Suspension Training Kit ($200 at Amazon.com) with a doorway and a little room to move, and you have everything you need for a total-body workout. The kit includes the straps, a door anchor and six exercise-video downloads.
For a more traditional home-gym setup, invest in some basics, such as the Natural Fitness Powerhouse Mat ($30 at target.com) and C9 Neoprene Hand Weights ($4.50–$18.50 at Target). The Original Club Step (on sale for $110 at Sports Authority) can do double duty as a cardio step or a weight bench. And a good old-fashioned jump rope, such as the GoFit Pro Cable Jump Rope ($20 at Amazon.com), will get your heart pumping between strength sets.
If you have the basics, amp up your workout with some extra gear, such as the BOSU Balance Trainer ($120 at Dick’s Sporting Good) and the GoFit Extreme Ab Wheel ($50 at sportschalet.com), which appears capable of blasting off Christmas cookies in record time.
Or don the BodyFit 1-16 Pound Weighted Vest ($70 at Sports Authority) and go climb your front steps. Don’t forget your Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband ($100 at Target), which tracks your steps, distance and calories burned.
Kettlebells are an excellent way to build fitness and aerobic stamina. Pick up a couple of Spri Kettlebells ($16–$32 at Precor Home Fitness) and a good DVD to ensure proper form. Paul Katami’s Kettlebell Kombos ($20 at Collagevideo.com) features a detailed tutorial and a tough 57-minute workout.
Exercise videos have been around for decades, and they’re still a stellar way to get a gym-quality workout. Top 10 sellers on Collagevideo.com — an exercise-video specialty store — include Leslie Sansone’s Walk To The Hits Radio Remixes ($10), Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Inferno ($9) and Amy Dixon’s Breathless Body 3 ($16), an advanced, high-intensity interval-training workout. Bonus: At Collagevideo.com, you can see clips of the workouts before you buy.