NikkiFitness Faves: Winter Workout Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Nano Foot Roller

Kick off fitness resolutions with holiday gifts from head to toe and hydration!

Hillsound FreeSteps6Hillsound FreeSteps6 ($39.99)
Don’t let the cold weather slow down your workouts or time spent in the great outdoors! From icy city pavements to winter trails, the newly redesigned FreeSteps6 offers durable, ultra-​​light traction performance to those looking for a simple anti-​​slip aid during icy/​snowy winter days. Utilizing high-​​quality stainless steel chains and spikes, the FreeSteps6 gets you outside whether you are going for a run on icy streets, hitting the trails, or just walking the dog.

Triggerpoint Nano Foot RollerTriggerpoint Nano Foot Roller ($24.99)
Innovative foam roller specifically designed to increase flexibility and relieve minor muscular aches and pains associated to the foot. The NANO™ Foot Roller surface provides a systematic approach to blood flow by channeling nutrients directly to the tissue. Designed to mirror the feeling of a massage therapist’s fingertips, the NANO™ Foot Roller is supported by our educational platform that is recognized globally for its effectiveness in the application of myofascial release.They also offer hand held foam rollers for the back and legs!

Nano original Swiftwick SocksNano original Swiftwick Socks ($18.99)
If you’re like me, you only notice your socks are lacking or wearing thin when its freezing out and you’re half way finished your run. This is what I replaced my worn socks with for a warm winter run… the managed compression throughout the sock, including the footbed and the cuff reduces muscle fatigue, increases support and provides a sock that eliminates blisters by moving with your foot. The superior climate control and moisture wicking via innovative design and the fiber selection and production methods that are “green” and entirely U.S. based.

Bezi Bra Discs From Edith’sBezi Bra Discs From Edith’s ($16.00–29.00)
This product is a life-​​saver for women, whether you’re going out on the town, to the office, or the gym in cold temperatures. Bezi™ Bra Discs™ are not padded, but they protect from “showing that you’re cold” and can be worn under a bra or a tight shirt. After adjusting your bra, center the Bezi™ Bra Disc™ between your breast and the bra. Bezi™ Bra Discs™ have no adhesive., however, your breasts as well as body heat will keep them in place. This product is made of a non-​​latex resin and may be cleaned with mild soap and water, towel dry. They are available in Blush & Mocha to match your skin color. Pack them in your underware drawer, suitcase, and gym bag!

Basic Racer from Tasc Performance ClothingTasc Performance Clothing ($28–68.00)
This high-​​intensity sports brand that is made from Bamboo (a textile that they invented) and it’s odor-​​blocking, has UPF 50+, chemical-​​free (polyester has petroleum!) and has a lot of other natural properties. The bright colors and flattering cuts help you sculpt your summer body all winter! My favorites are:

Basic Racer $28.00

Intensity Sports BraIntensity Sports Bra $40.00

Surprise Stripe ½ Tight from Tasc Performance ClothingSurprise Stripe ½ Tight $68.00

Square by Clean BottleSquare by Clean Bottle ($12.00)
When watching your weight, it’s easy to get derailed by sweet drinks in the wintertime (hot chocolate anyone?). Why not rely on fruit infused water instead? This product is easy to clean, leakproof and functions as a water filter and fruit infuser! The square bottle made from BPA-​​free Triton plastic that unscrews at both ends for easy cleaning. It contains an activated carbon water filter and fruit-​​infusing chamber inside provides clean tasting and naturally flavored water. (Can you say “spa water on the go?”)The original square landed both at nordstrom​.com and brookstone​.com as it’s stylish enough to carry on around and very well constructed. It’s guaranteed for life. Check out the video on Kickstarter for more information!
The Slimnastics Anti-Aging Walking Workout VideoThe Slimnastics Walking Workout Video featuring NikkiFitness ($10 iTunes/​Android, $19.99 Amazon​.com download or DVD)

And finally, for your winter workout when it’s just too cold outside, and to start your New Year’s Resolutions with a workout you know you can accomplish…

The NikkiFitness® Slimnastics® Walking Workout is designed to give you a gentle workout that turns back the aging process! Whether you’re starting a workout routine for the first time, are rehabbing from an injury, or just taking care of your body as you get older, this workout is for you!

This 30-​​minute, no-​​equipment-​​needed fitness video provides a full-​​body cardio and toning workout while protecting your joints and keeping your heart rate in a comfortable range. It includes:

  • A gentle warm-​​up and introduction to the walking variations
  • Modifications to protect the joints and avoid injury
  • Optional changes in the marching routine to take you forward, back, side to side and increase agility
  • Lunges and squats for additional leg muscle toning, biceps, triceps, shoulders and back choreography to balance out the chiseling factor, and glute moves to tone trouble spots.
  • Improve the move: the walking routine incorporates low kicks, V-​​steps, hamstring curls, running lunges, knee-​​ups and more, to provide a low-​​impact cardiovascular workout that increases your endurance while keeping you entertained
  • The Caribbean video location gives your mind a vacation while your body gets a workout

The fun routine is just like a walk on the beach with a friend, and the benefits turn back time, help keep you healthy, and keep you coming back for more.

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