6 Fun Fitness Finds to Inspire Your Spring Workouts


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The cold winter is finally behind us! I know everyone is with me when I say Bring On Spring! Here in Cincinnati, we've had a couple 70-degree days giving us a taste of the warmer season to come. Granted, they were followed up by snowy days, but we'll take it!

Spring is such a great time for fitness. No matter how dedicated you are to exercise (or not) the change in weather seems to encourage everyone to get outdoors and get active. Even if you're not getting out yet (maybe it's still cold in your region), I'm sure you're noticing a heightened level of energy thanks to sunnier days.
For even more inspiration, here are some of the cool finds that are helping me stay fit and happy this spring. You just might find the right thing to put a little pep in your step, too!
For a fitter, healthier spring, add one of these fresh picks to your wish list!

A Yoga Mat with a Message
Imagine seeing an affirmation like that each time you rolled out your mat to work out or practice yoga! I fell in love with the positive messages printed on Affirmats yoga mats ($66), which are non-slip and made of biodegradable jute. I actually love this surface. It's soft yet grippy—a very different texture than other yoga mats I have tried. Affirmats releases different styles and affirmations throughout the year, so if they don't have a mantra you love now, check back. This would be such a positive reward (or inspiration to start a yoga or Pilates practice)!

A Rainy Day Workout DVD
Don't let wet weather keep you from your workouts! I've been enjoying the Walk On: Strength and Balance DVD by Jessica Smith this winter, and plan to keep it in my rotation this spring as a fun low-impact option. Jessica is a regular SparkPeople contributor and a fun-to-follow fitness instructor. This beginner friendly walking DVD features two 30-minute segments you can do from the comfort of your own home. One workout includes weight training (with dumbbells) so you get the best of cardio and strength-training in one—and the scenery here will make you think of summer!

A No-Bounce Sports Bra
A good sports bra is a must for a comfortable, confident workout. The Champion Women's Show Off Sport Bra (starting at $19.49), pictured in black, comes in sizes S to XL. Features include moisture-resistant fabric, an easy hook-and-eye closure and patented concealing, shaping cups. Choose from a wide variety of versatile colors.

A Little Workout Motivator
One of the best ways to motivate yourself to get active this spring (or any season) is to use a fitness tracker. This FitBit Charge HR tracks your heart rate, steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and heart rate. Click here to find out which trackers can be integrated with your SparkPeople account.

Comfy (and Tummy-Concealing) Leggings
Ladies, a comfortable, higher-waisted pant that camouflages your tummy is here! I really enjoy Lululemon's Wunder Under leggings (sizes 2-12). They not only work for your workouts, but they are fashionable enough for everyday wear, too. I love that I can wear them to work and then go straight to the gym, or go from the gym straight to dinner with friends. You can wear the high waistband over your tummy (this would be great during or even after pregnancy, for the mamas out there), or roll it down to whatever height you prefer. Yes, this brand is pricey compared to a lot of others, but the quality is strong, the fit is flattering and you'll get a lot of use out of these.

A No-Slip Workout Headband
Sweaty Bands aren't new, but I just started splurging on them for my workouts. Even with a ponytail, I have lots of loose and shorter hairs that fall into my face during a workout, so I still need a headband. I've tried so many different kinds, from the cheap drugstore ones (which are decent for the price) to the high-end grippy ones. I actually like the Sweaty Bands style the best. They fit really well and don't slip—ever! And they come in a huge variety of fun colors and patterns, usually ranging from $15-$20 each. I hand-wash mine in the shower after my workouts and hang them to dry.
Sometimes, treating yourself to a little workout goodie can re-energize your commitment to fitness. Other times, it's fun to save ideas as future rewards for reaching new milestones. Whatever works for you, I hope you're finding new ways to keep your fitness routine energized all season long.
What are you most looking forward to (fitness-wise) this spring? What's keeping you excited and motivated to work out right now?

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  • 12
    I love Lululemon for its durability. The black stays black even after 2 years of washing weekly. However, they occasionally put their reflective logo in odd spots (such as behind the knee) which means I can't hide them at work and therefore can't wear them. They look too much like workout clothes with the logo glinting. - 4/30/2014   12:28:25 PM
    SparkPeople seems VERY slanted to women. As a man I feel like an outsider. Most of the products are geared for women, much of the topics discussed are for women. Men need things too! - 3/25/2014   12:45:48 PM
    Wow-- $15- $20 for a headband! Expensive! A terry cloth head band at Dollar Tree works great!--- (and comes in pretty colors) - 3/25/2014   11:59:50 AM
  • LACEY8685
    This was basically an advertisement, I was expecting fun outdoor workouts not shopping motivation. - 3/25/2014   10:59:10 AM
  • 8
    I saw nothing here to inspire me....The Yoga mat is a good idea, but I really don`t think I want to see the same thing every time I pull it out.....Nothing else. same old, same old....and i also resented the leggings in size 2-12.....my goal is to be size 12!

    - 3/21/2014   11:04:45 AM
  • 7
    Great suggestions. And if I may add, Jessica Smith has some great workouts on her YouTube channel as well. I especially love those! I am definitely hitting the gym more often and I get excited to see how my workouts look when I get back via feedback from my SPAT and my FitBit. Yes, I still wear both...although my poor FitBit is a little worse for wear. - 3/20/2014   12:55:05 PM
  • 6
    I'm a little disappointed with the article as I thought it was going to be about exercises rather than gear. I also don't think that someone wearing size 2 leggings has much of a tummy to conceal... None of the gear shown came in large sizes :( Can we have a 2nd article for those of us who are still on the beginning parts of our journey? - 3/20/2014   12:43:20 PM
  • 5
    I'm very disappointed that this article supports a company that recently was under fire fore fat-shaming. Lululemon likes to think their clothes aren't meant for people who aren't already fit. I guess they learn from the CEO of Abercrombe.
    If you still want to give that type of company your money, go for it. Personally, I think getting fit is a good thing, but fat-shaming is still not right. Especially if these are bigger women looking for workout clothing to START getting fit.

    *Edit to add* I do love the affirmats though. - 3/20/2014   11:35:40 AM
    Coach Nicole I generally enjoy your articles and learn much from you but I truly resent the Luluemon brand because it is only for thin people. I cannot buy any of their products at my current weight. If they were really interested in health for everyone they would make plus size options to help us along the way! - 3/20/2014   11:35:28 AM
  • 3
    Can't wait until the ice on my road melts so I can get outdoors and WALK again. I love to walk, no matter how cold, I usually just bundle up. However this winter out road iced over and it is hard to drive on it let alone walk. :( - 3/20/2014   9:57:20 AM
  • 2
    I've bought 2 pairs of WunderUnders in the past 2 years, and they are so much better than the low rise version of about 4-5 years ago. Also love my velvet backed hairbands. - 3/20/2014   8:48:22 AM
  • 1
    A swimsuit! And a rash guard for water things. - 3/20/2014   1:25:18 AM

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