Gear Up For 2015 With Our January Must Haves
A new year means it's time to reevaluate your health and fitness goals from the previous year and maybe come up with some new resolutions. We're kicking off 2015 with an energy that we're hoping carries us all the way through the New Year, and our monthly must haves are the perfect way to get our fitness plan off to a strong start. From classes, to clothes, to high-tech gear, these are the items getting us excited about fitness for the year to come.
Ever since the weather cooled off in San Francisco, I have been living in my Spiritual Gangster goods — especially this Savasana sweater ($72). It's the perfect layer to throw on before things heat up in class, cool down in Corpse Pose, or while I'm running errands after class. One of my healthy resolutions for 2015 is to get back into my yoga practice, so hopefully this sweet sweatshirt from this yoga-inspired brand will remind (and entice) me to stick with my goal.
— Lizzie Fuhr, associate editor
Salomon Spikecross Sneakers
Take that, Winter! If you think it's too snowy or icy to run outside, you need a pair of these Salomon Spikecross 3 CS ($170) Winter running sneaks — even the name is badass! Talk about major grip; the soles of these shoes are embedded with metal spikes, so you feel as confident running on wet, slippery ice as you would on pavement on a warm Summer day. The shoe is made of breathable, quick-drying material that keeps your feet warm and dry. And forget having to tie traditional laces — these babies are equipped with "Quicklace," so you just pull and they tighten in one second. If you want to keep up with your Winter runs, these are a must.
— Jenny Sugar, contributing editor
Polar Water Bottle
Ask anyone that knows me, and they will tell you that I am a full-fledged SoulCycle addict. If you haven't been to a class, they get really hot, you get really sweaty, and water is a must. Because of the amount of water I need during a 60-minute Soul Survivor class, none of my standard 12- or 16-ounce reusable bottles held enough to keep me hydrated.
After going on the hunt for a new bottle, I found exactly what I needed in the BPA-free, 24-ounce Polar Bottle ($12). Built with cyclists in mind, I don't need to mess with any fussy caps when I need a drink during class. Best of all, it's insulated, which means that my water stays ice-cold even after it's been sitting in there for a few hours.
— Michele Foley, senior editor
BluePrint Cleanse Coffee Cashew
Try as I might to sit down to a healthy and hearty prework breakfast, I am decidedly all about the grab-and-go. BluePrint's newest offering, Coffee Cashew ($12), is just the kind of breakfast I need. The 300-calorie drink has 130 milligrams of caffeine and seven grams of protein, so it keeps me full and awake all throughout the morning. And since I don't eat that much dairy, I especially love that it's a creamy, lactose-free way to start the day.
— Leta Shy, editor
American Giant Sweatpants
Fleecy with just the right amount of heft, these American Giant sweatpants ($69) have been my go-to as the temperatures have continued to drop. They are great for throwing over shorts on my way to the gym, but they also keep me cozy while I'm hanging out at home.
Paleo Takes 5 or Fewer
Last year, I took on a Paleo project that changed the way I eat forever. I've reincorporated carbohydrates and legumes into my regular diet, but when I cook for myself at home, I love to keep things clean, quick, and yes, primal. That's where Paleo Takes 5 or Fewer: Healthy Eating Was Never Easier With These Delicious 3, 4 and 5 Ingredient Recipes ($22) has come in handy.
If the gingered balsamic chicken legs or green curry butternut squash skillet is any indication of the rest of the recipes in this collection, do yourself a favor (Paleo or not) and add this one to your cookbook canon ASAP.
Manduka Be Series Tote
For all those superhot and sweaty yoga classes you're taking to warm up this Winter, you'll need a basic bag like this Manduka Be Series Tote ($88). You can easily throw in your mat, a change of dry clothes, and water bottle, and I love the inside zippered compartment to keep my wallet, phone, and keys secure. It comes in the color shown as well as black and a pale pink.