What SparkPeople's Employees Can't Live (or Work Out) Without

By , SparkPeople Blogger
For this month's installment of "Stuff We Love," the round-up of products that make healthy living easier and more fun, we reached out to a half-dozen SparkPeople employees. We asked: "Which product makes working out more enjoyable or fun for you?" Keep reading for their fun and healthy responses.

Wireless Headphones

Two employees recommended these wireless headphones, which easily sync with your phone so you can listen to your workout tunes without the hassle of any cords. Plus, if you get an incoming call while you’re exercising, you can answer it without taking off the headphones! They have a long battery life, too.
-- Sarah, Marketing & Megan, Editorial

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are one of my favorite pieces of exercise equipment because they are so versatile and easy to use. They are easy to travel with, so they can be taken anywhere, even on vacation.  --Denise, Community

Gymboss Interval Timer

I love doing HIIT workouts—they keep me entertained, and they fly by in no time! I usually do CrossFit, but on days I can’t make it to class, this interval timer makes it easy to put together quick and intense workouts on my own. I just program the intervals on the timer, pick a circuit of exercises to cycle through (squats, push-ups, burpees and sit-ups, for example), and get down to business. The device is durable, easy to use and can also function as a watch. --Melinda, Editorial

Gel Bike Seat

Cyclists and even Spinning aficionados always say that the "saddle soreness" you feel after your first few Spinning classes will go away with time, but for me, it never did. So I purchased this inexpensive, removable gel seat cover and have used it for every Spinning class I’ve taught and taken for the past several years. It’s still in great shape and is easy to put on and take off for a class. It makes my class experience so much more comfortable. You can even fit these over your outdoor bike in many cases! --Nicole, Editorial

Ab Wheel

It is surprising how tough of a workout you can get from this little wheel.  If you’re just beginning, then starting on your knees with the wheel close in and simply lowering yourself down with control is difficult.  With some practice, down and back up becomes easy.  Then you can go off in angles to hit other core muscles.  Finally, once you’re great with all of that, working from your toes instead of your knees will kick it back to being very difficult.  Small, lightweight, and inexpensive, this durable piece of equipment can be used to boost your core work anywhere and anytime. --Paul, Tech

Total Gym

I can do both bench workouts and Pilates-focused strength-training exercises with this Total Gym. The comprehensive system is great for 10-minute quick workouts and for longer, more targeted workouts. We used to have a weight bench but wanted to claim that space for other things. The Total Gym easily folds up and can be hidden away in a closet if need be. We are very glad we replaced our weight bench with the Total Gym.  --Tanya, Community
What is the one product that makes YOUR workouts more fun and interesting?
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