GUIDE TO EXERCISE SHOPPING

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Weight Lifting Gloves – Your one-stop shop for the best weight lifting gloves. These are key for preventing damage and calluses to your hands. Plus, they improve your grip on the weights.

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale – This scale makes it easy to track your weight by securely syncing to fitbit’s website. And what gets measured, gets managed! If you’re trying to lose weight, start by weighing yourself everyday. Weight limit is 350lbs.

Digital Precision Scale with 440 lb Weight Capacity – Another smart scale with a higher weight capacity.

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband – This tracker helps to watch your sleep quality and time. And is a great pedometer as well. And it syncs via Bluetooth to your smart phone for ease of recording data.

DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser – The most inactive time during the day for most folks is at work. Add some movement to your day with this device. Keeping the blood flowing in your helps to prevent stagnation.

KOR Nava BPA Free 650ml Filter Water Bottle – A safe, lightweight water bottle that also filters water. Win, win and win.

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YogaRat 100% Microfiber Towels – These towels are for more than just yoga. I use the hand towel when I am hiking or at the gym. They are lightweight and dry quickly.

Hydration Backpack with Bladder – A 2L bladder in a small backpack is perfect for day hikes or just hitting the stairs.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle – A great bottle for trips to the gym or even on trips through airports.

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set – This lightweight set is ideal for road warrior travelers or just for your home exercise gym. It’s amazing how many muscle groups one can work with these bands. Most of my physical therapy for my shoulder relied on these bands. They’re also sold individually.

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Virbam Five Finger Shoes – These shoes are as unique in their benefits as they are in their looks. These shoes are ideal for hitting the gym, walking outside or on a trail. The lack of support might seem counter-intuitive, however, this means that more muscles in your feet and legs have to do the work, resulting in stronger legs.

Keen Men’s Hiking Shoe and Women’s Hiking Shoe – Keen makes shoes, both normal and hikers, that have ample toe width. No other shoes or boots on the market fit like theirs. I’ve burned through three pairs of hikers so far, just around the Pacific NW and the Himalayas.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp – A reliable light is great for hiking or even just walking the dog on winter evenings when the sun sets at 4pm. This headlamp also had a red mode to help keep you night vision intact.

Adjustable Ankle Weights – Adding weight to your ankles means it takes more energy for your body to swing your legs. Some estimate that it takes 3X the amount of energy to carry the same weight on your ankles vs on your back.

Aqua Sphere Kaiman Swim Goggle – A great, simple pair of swimming goggles.

Minisuit Armband for iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPod Touch 5 – It’s great to have your own music source and playlist at the gym. This armband keeps it out of your way.

Adidas Diablo Small Gym Bag – Affordable and comes in several different colors.

Master Lock Combination Padlock – A robust, set-your-own combo padlock for going to the gym.

Exercise Ball Kit – An exercise ball for stretching, sitting on for computer work or doing sit-up’s on it.

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I am the resident Diabetic Lifestyle Advocate at Five Hour Diabetic. Here I debunk conventional thinking about nutrition and exercise. My purpose is to enable diabetics to take back control of their health. And make simple recipes that honestly don’t suck.

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