The first spin class I took I was overwhelmed with how ill prepared I had been.
I didn’t bring a towel; my water bottle was difficult to drink from while cycling and since I have tiny feet, even when done up as tight as possible I kept falling out of my pedal straps. One of my goals this year is to use what I have instead of cluttering my home with more and more “stuff”. However, I am a slave to comfort and I felt that if I were going to make a habit exercise a habit I would need to make an adjustment to my workout gear. Below are just a few of my favorite products that not only stood out as must haves but also soothed the guilt I had over my consumerism.
Wipe Your Sweat Off!
One of my favorite parts of going to the gym is running a cool wet towel across my face right after a good workout. For this refreshing practice I’ve been using a product called Dude Wipes. I was hesitant at first by how silly the name was. Any product that specifically targets one gender when it most definitely can be used by anyone is a bit of a turn off, but I’m so glad that I didn’t let that deter me from purchasing.
Dude Wipes are usually found next to toilet paper in most grocery stores. Their intentional use seems is a bit wasteful to me but I found them to be the perfect supplement for a post class pick me, as well as an easy to use make up remover.
The best part about Dude Wipes; they are biodegrable and paraben free. On top of that they are made in the U.S. and 10% of the proceeds are donated to The Colon Club Charity. The actual meat of the product more than makes up for the terrible name and “Legit Dudes Only” slogan.
Give Those Toes Some Air
I sweat more than any human should and have fought to find socks that are comfortable to wear with gym shoes. That is until one day I stumbled upon a piece of heaven in the form of breathable, lightweight, and lightly cushioned perfection of a sock.
Teko Runfit Running Fitness sock hugs your tootsies but do not smother them. I have only had the chance to wear them once since purchased but I don’t think I will ever be able to go back. When you visit the Teko website you are immediately greeted with “Welcome to Teko The Eco-Performance Sock Company”. I love that. Among their long list of Eco Commitments Teko uses Non-Toxic Dyes, polyester made from plastic drinking bottles, and polyamide made from recycled industrial fishing nets. They also source all of their materials within 300KM of their factories minimizing transportation energy.
They are company that shows their passion for quality products and maintaining the quality of earth.
DIY Yoga Mat Spray
I haven’t found a yoga mat spray that is eco-friendly and for purchase that I enjoy. So I stuck with making my own. It is simple and only requires a few things.
-Small Spray Bottle (I would suggest recycling one you have left over from another product)
-Tea Tree Oil
1. Combine 1 oz. filtered water and 1oz. Witch Hazel in bottle
2. Add 4 drops Tea Tree Oil, and 11 drops of chosen essential oil to bottle mixture
3. Shake and spray on yoga mat, wipe down with damp clothe
You’re done! You can use the left over Witch Hazel, Tea Tree Oil, and Essential Oils for many things around the house so that nothing will go to waste.