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Looking for that last-minute gift that will really wow your someone special? Ditch the gift cards and find something that elevates their active lifestyle, wherever their adventures take them. Whether you’re shopping for your fitness fanatic, music maven or real-life superhero, discover the perfect present with Garmin. Featuring everything from activity trackers, to smartwatches, cameras and more, give the ones you love the gift of technology that will amaze them each and every day.
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To: The Stylish Wellness Guru
vívomove® HR - $199.99 & up
A fashion-forward hybrid smartwatch that has a hidden touchscreen display and real watch hands, this statement piece will keep them connected in style. With music controls and smart notifications (like call, calendar reminders, and text), this watch also offers wellness tools. From 24/7 heart rate monitoring to all-day stress tracking, a relaxation timer, calorie counter and more, all the wellness they want is right on their wrist.
To: The Always Active One
fēnix® 5S Plus - $799.99 (on sale for $699.99!)
This smaller-sized multisport GPS watch has a sleek, bold design, but isn’t bulky. With a battery that can last up to 7 days and built-in navigation sensors, the fēnix® 5S Plus offers wrist heart rate technology and color TOPO maps featuring Trendline™ popularity routing to help yours truly find and follow the best paths. Plus, this smartwatch can sync with their favorite music services, so they are fit for all the fitness fun.
To: The Super Cool Kid
vívofit® - $79.99 (on sale for $59.99!)
Keep your little superhero at full speed with this swim-friendly activity tracker. Whether they are saving the universe with Marvel’s Avengers and Spiderman, channeling their inner Jedi or all about Disney, the stretchy band has a customizable color screen and a 1+ year battery life—no charging required! Helping to inspire daily activity, this tracker is tough enough for any playtime.
To: The Extreme Athlete
Forerunner® 935 - $499.99
Buy them a watch that works as hard as they do. This premium GPS running/triathlon watch offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable design they can wear wherever they go. With a built-in barometer, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, advanced dynamics for running, cycling, and swimming, training stats, and more, your athlete can track how they perform all in one place.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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