Crush Your November Health and Fitness Goals With These Must-Have Products
Cooler weather is blowing in this month and brings these cool health and fitness products with it. Here's a look at what we're loving this November.
Under Armour Athlete Recovery Sleepwear
"How do pajamas help your muscles recover? I asked the same thing. When I got these pricey PJs from Under Armour, I wondered if they'd live up to the hype. Short explanation: they do. How does it work, you ask? The geometric 'bioceramic' print on the inside of the fabric apparently absorbs heat and 'reflects Far Infrared energy back to the skin.' It feels like magic. The Sleep Shirt ($99) and Pants ($99) are the softest, silkiest PJs I've ever owned (I never want to take them off), and they keep your body at a perfectly regulated temperature while you snooze. Highly recommend." — Dominique Astorino, staff writer, Fitness
Reebok CrossFit Grace
"As someone who has gotten serious about weightlifting this year, finding the right shoe has been tough. Through trial and error, I've found that most shoes did not provide the stability needed when deadlifting 100+ pounds, which left me feeling a little nervous when picking up a barbell.
That all changed with the Reebok CrossFit Grace ($100), which was specifically designed with weight-heavy workouts like CrossFit in mind. Durable and breathable, these shoes make me feel stable and secure whenever I wear them. They also are great for lateral and plyometric movement, making them a solid choice for a HIIT class." — Michele Foley, content director, Fitness
Bob's Red Mill Tropical Mueslli
"I've been loving cozying up with a bowl of this warm Bob's Red Mill Muesli ($8). I'm obsessed with the gluten-free tropical flavor. Made with rolled oats, dried mango, coconut flakes, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, and freeze-dried strawberries, it tastes just sweet enough." — Jenny Sugar, staff writer, Fitness
Y7 + Alala Siren Tights
"Hot yoga and full-length leggings aren't a match I would normally make, but I am absolutely loving the Alala collab with Y7 Yoga Studio. I especially love the Siren Leggings ($125), which are beautifully soft but not too hot and which feature an 'all day' on the tush." — Genevieve Farrell Roston, producer, Fitness and Healthy Living
Après Vegan Protein Drinks
"Most days I try to avoid packaged foods entirely — I really scrutinize labels and aim to eat whole foods and make my own meals. There are, however, a few products that are so damn good — and clean! — that I'll totally forego making my own smoothie or snack and opt for the convenience instead. Après protein shake is one of those products; not only is it squeaky clean in terms of ingredients, but it's freakin' delicious (particularly the mint cacao flavor, my fave!).
When I think of bottled protein shakes, my mind thinks of my mom's '90s cans of SlimFast and thick, goopy aspartame concoctions — yuck! Après is the absolute opposite. It's fresh, light, smooth, not too thick, but still substantial — and made with natural ingredients like coconut sugar and chia protein. Put in a preorder now ($32 for a case) — you'll be just as obsessed as I am, trust me." — DA
"This 2XU Formsoft Hoodie ($100) has become my go-to layer to and from the gym. It has a comfortably snug fit and zippered pockets, and the fabric is unbelievably soft yet durable and stretchy. This brand is new to me, and I'm excited to try its other products!" — JS
Comvita Manuka Honey
"Since discovering Comvita Manuka Honey (prices start at $18), I've been a little obsessed. I slather it on thick bread, add it to my tea, and have even been guilty of enjoying it alone by the spoonful. For those of you unfamiliar with the benefits of manuka honey, I implore you to pick up a jar and educate yourselves in the most delicious, delightful way. It's pretty much liquid gold.
Hailing from New Zealand and Australia, antioxidant-rich manuka honey has been shown to have incredible healing powers — as long as it's legitimate. The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey Association has a rating system to help ensure that consumers know what they're buying. When buying manuka honey, you should look for products with a certified UMF rating of 10 or over, since those will have the highest concentrations of the healthy properties the body craves. This is exactly why I trust Comvita and reach for its UMF 15+ variety." —MF
Note: these come out Nov. 11, but you're going to want to line up outside your grocery store to make sure you get them.
"OK, stay with me on this one — if a gingerbread man, an RXBAR, and the cookie/brownie dough from Ben & Jerry's Half Baked had a baby . . . it would be this Gingerbread RXBAR. Hands down the best bar of the brand's collection, this delicately gingered snack has the softest texture (which I have been likening to cookie and brownie dough, as you may have noticed). I'm literally eating one right now. They're so good." — DA
Pacsafe Daysafe Crossbody Bag
"When I'm going to the gym and coming right home, I don't need a ton of stuff except my keys, wallet, phone, lip balm, a protein bar, a water bottle, and my fitness journal. This Pacsafe Daysafe Crossbody Bag ($60) has been perfect. There are two external pockets and three internal pockets. A cool safety feature is that it has TurnNLock security hooks, which means you can secure the zippers closed, making it harder for people to pickpocket from you." — JS
Beloforte Jura Legging
"That wide waistband you see in the Beloforte Jura Legging ($98) is exactly what helps keep me feeling incredibly supported during tough strength-training sessions. I like like to think of it as a more stylish, less intense version of a weightlifting belt." — MF
Black & Decker 7-Quart Slow Cooker
"I've been so excited for the weather to cool down so I can make cozy Fall and holiday recipe in my sweet new aqua Black & Decker slow cooker ($40). The bright, fun color adds a fresh, youthful touch (it's not your mama's crockpot), and it's so affordable, you can get one for yourself and one for your friend as a holiday gift." — DA
TLA by MORGAN STEWART Cross Back Bra and Leggings
"I'm always on the hunt for the latest and greatest activewear. Too often, I find myself wearing the same stuff over and over again (but hey, they're my tried and true pieces!), so it's a big deal when I find something new that I love SO much that it makes it into my weekly rotation.
The matching sets from TLA by MORGAN STEWART have had me making ALL the heart eyes lately, this lavender combo in particular. The Cross Back Bra ($68) and matching Lilac Leggings ($92) are so soft and stretchy and extreeeemely flattering. You'll feel so sexy wearing this combo. Even better? It doesn't show sweat — which is particularly important for the bottoms, if you catch my drift." — DA
"If I'm being honest, I eat most bars out of necessity. Rarely do I actually crave one — unless it's a GoMacro MacroBar. These vegan and gluten-free bars are packed with clean ingredients like nut butter, dates, and oats, and they also taste damn delicious. So delicious that they feel like a treat, rather than needed postworkout fuel. Since it's so hard to choose a favorite flavor, I recommend the MacroBar Sampler Pack ($35), which contains 11 different flavors. Warning: the peanut butter chocolate chip bar is addictive." — MF
Monasita Lulu Leggings
"You can feel the passion and fun behind Monasita leggings when you wear them. Each piece is hand drawn while the creator, Mona, listens to a song. I love the Lulu Leggings ($60), which were hand drawn to the beat of 'Loud Places' by Jamie xx and are perfect when you want to stand out at your next dance class." — GFR
Nike Metcon 3 AMP
"I'm so in love with these Nike Metcon 3 AMPs ($130). Every time I look down at my feet, I get pumped! Obviously the gold swoosh is amazing, but really, it's the fit I'm obsessed with: snug, comfortable, flexible, just enough cushion for running and box jumping, and amazing grip for burpees and wall walks." — JS
Lumi Gold Rush
"Cold and flu season is upon us. After traveling to Maui for the half marathon last month, I found myself back in the office with a runny nose, a cough, and fatigue, but major amounts of work to catch up on. I credit Lumi Gold Rush Shot ($4) for getting me through the week and the cayenne pepper for burning away my sore throat." — GFR
Crystal Hills Organics Crystal Dreams Bath Salts
"Taking a bath with salts is my favorite way to unwind after a tough workout. I'm currently loving Crystal Hills Crystal Dreams Bath Salts ($44). The blend of Epsom salt, lavender, and chamomile flowers makes me feel instantly relaxed and results in a great night sleep to tackle tomorrow's workout." — GFR
Silk Chocolate Protein Nutmilk
"When I need a little something sweet, a small glass of this Silk Chocolate Protein Nutmilk ($3) satisfies my chocolate cravings. A one-cup serving is 150 calories and offers 10 grams of protein that comes from almonds, cashews, and pea protein. I'm looking forward to the chilly temps so I can warm this up for a mug of dairy-free hot cocoa!" — JS
JustFab Morina Sneaker in Blush
"I'm always on the hunt for elevated sneakers I can wear to work. My current obsessions are JustFab Morina Sneaker in Blush ($60). I love the color that brings a touch of femininity to my outfit. Since I work at a standing desk, these also keep my feet comfortable through the day." — GFR