5 Workout Essentials to Embrace Spring with Gaiam Canada!
Spring is a time of renewal and regeneration. Some people choose to this season of change to physically improve themselves. Gaiam Canada would like for you to embrace spring this year with a bevvy of products you can use to rejuvenate yourself and help you achieve your health and wellness goals!
A great foundation
I think that a good yoga mat is an essential tool to have when working out at home. It cushions the blow of all of the moving and grooving I do during a fitness routine. Gaiam Canada has several yoga mats to choose from to make your workouts easier and fun. I was lucky enough to have received two different mats to test out.
The Gaiam Canada Sea Breeze Print 3mm Classic Yoga is a great choice to use for a light and easy workout. I liked that I received a two-coloured and bright mat. It was perfect for getting me in the mood for spring. Its non-slip surface gave me a more stable area to work out on. It is also durable and lightweight, so I can use it over and over again and can carry it with ease.
A zen foundation is always good
I also received a Gaiam Canada 4mm Classic Yoga Mat in their Blue Medallion Print. Blue is my favourite colour, and this mat made feel at peace and ready for a good workout. It also boasts of a non-slip surface to keep me stable during the routines I was performing. The 4mm of cushioning made jumping and moving a bit easier to do. It is a lovely mat and I enjoy using it.
Another great feature about both of these mats from Gaiam Canada is how they are manufactured. They are produced without the use of the top six most harmful phthalates (a group of chemicals that can make products – usually plastics – softer and more flexible) that can be harmful to your health and are better for the environment.
Getting to work (10 minutes of brutality, anyone?)
Now that I have mats to start working out, all I needed was a workout to get into shape. No one does it better than Jillian Michaels. Gaiam Canada released Jillian Michaels 10 Minute Body Transformations 2nd Edition and asked me to see if it would put me through my paces. There are five workouts on this DVD Michaels put together to get moving and into shape:
- HITT/PLYO (High-Intensity Interval Training)
- Hard Core (targeting the mid-section)
- Animal-Style (a workout inspired by animal movement)
- Lift – (helps to carve the upper and lower body with the use of weights)
- Yoga – (strength and stretching exercises)
A short warm-up and cool-down section are also included on this DVD to make sure users are ready to get to work and are eased down after each of the workouts are done.
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to have attended a workout session with Jillian Michaels and I will say that these workouts lived up to that experience. From the moment you click play on the warm-up video, you are out of the gates getting to work.
What I loved was that there were modifications to each of the exercises Michaels performed so those who were not familiar with certain moves could experiment with that way of moving and then progress between the three styles of the exercise (lower impact, regular, and higher impact).
My two favourite workouts had to be the HITT/PLYO and the Yoga routines. I am a huge HITT fan and found this one very similar to the workouts I do at home. The Yoga workout was a bit more advanced than what I am used to, but I love a good yoga workout. I also like that you are able to do more than one routine and can mix them up if you feel as though one Jillian Michaels workout isn’t enough for a day!
A dehydration helper during your workout
With every workout comes the eventual need to hydrate. I like having a water bottle on hand when the time arises when I become parched. Gaiam Canada has a selection of water bottles that are sure to please every user. I received what I think is the prettiest of the bottles they available: The Purple Peacock Printed 500 ml/17 oz bottle.
Along with the gorgeousness of this bottle, it boasts of an 18/8 double wall. This allows for the bottle not to condense on the outside, providing a firmer grip. It is stainless steel, so the remnants of drinks past will not linger on the inside. The Vacuum seal prevents leaks and kept my water or liquid when on the move cold or hot. This bottle is able to keep liquids cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. Finally, this bottle is non-toxic and BPA-free, so I did not have to worry about any chemicals getting mixed in with my drinking water. I really enjoyed using this bottle, both at home during a workout or on the road!
A sidekick versus sweat is good to have on hand
Yes. The possibility for sweat is a given when working out. It is gross. It makes you feel grimy. The good thing about sweat is that your body is moving and you are on your way to achieving your goals. A great sidekick to have by you during your workouts is a towel to help sop up the result of your hard work. Gaiam Canada gave me their Thirsty Yoga Hand Towel in the Pink/Grey Stitching design.
It is a durable yet cute towel that helped wipe the sweat off my body. It is made of an absorbent microfiber that whisked the sweat off of my face and my hands. This microfiber also dries quicker than a cotton towel, so I could use it more often without having to use a second one. The towel is also compact and cute, so, of course I took it with me on the go! It was a life saver for ridding me of sweat during a workout.
These five items Gaiam Canada gave me to review became essentials to help me embrace spring this year. Each of these products allowed me to jump into the spirit of the season to want to get up and work out. Whether it was a cute design, a challenging workout or an item to help me cool and dry, they all played their part well in my health and wellness journey. I am extremely pleased with all of the products I received from Gaiam Canada!
Disclaimer: I received products from Gaiam Canada in order to review. The views expressed are my own.
A Giveaway to Embrace Spring with Gaiam Canada!
Gaiam Canada would like for 1 Ottawa Mommy Club follower to win a Sea Breeze Print 3mm Classic Yoga Mat!
The ARV of this prize package is $22!
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on June 2, 2017.
Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfilment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.