Babes!! As a little girl I was pretty certain I’d be swimming in the Olympics. It was my dream. I had autographed pictures of Summer Sanders on my wall and pretty much any motivational swimming poster you could imagine. Amy VanDyken’s “Got Milk” ad? Check! While I’ve only recently come to terms that the odds are against me at this point in my life, when the summer games start up, I get HYPED.
It lights a fire inside of me that makes we want to get back into the pool and feel that muscle burn after a good practice. I makes me want to leave everything you have in the pool like I used to. And, if nothing else, I makes me want to have that team camaraderie to get you through.
I definitely watched the first night and took the opportunity to sit my kids on the side of the pool and make them watch me attempt each stroke today at our leisurely trip to the pool. If they watched they would have been impressed. I mean the pool was small so I only had to do three strokes per length, so I looked legit. If it was a full sized pool I’d definitely be loafing.
Well, prompted by my swim fan Olympics hype, I’m partnering with BabbleBoxx to review some of the athletic must-haves this year. What are they, you ask? Here they are everything you need to be Summer 2016 Olympics Ready:
Vitamin Shoppe’s TRUE ATHLETE : Um, hello delicious!! One of my favorite things to bring to practice was flavored water. It was a little treat in between sets. Work hard and then take a moment and sip something delicious.
TRUE ATHLETE, by the Vitamin Shoppe, is the next generation of sports nutrition supplements created for fitness enthusiasts. It was formulated with care by the Vitamin Shoppe and contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners and is free of banned substances NSF Certified for Sport.
First up in the true athlete line:
Energized Training Formula – Fruit Punch True Athlete® introduces Energized Training Formula, designed for serious muscle, endurance, performance and energy support. The formula was developed for the athlete and fitness enthusiast looking for that extra edge on the field, on the court or in the gym. Energized Training Formula contains creatine, arginine and beta-alanine along with caffeine and AstraGin™. This trademarked ingredient is produced from ginseng and astragalus and is designed to improve absorption of amino acids, glucose, vitamins and other nutrients. This streamlined formula can be customized to meet your athletic and fitness needs.
And it’s fruit punch flavored, so you know I loved it!
Natural Whey Protein Packets: Guys, have you tried protein pancakes? Sure, you can use these amazing protein powders in the traditional sense. They’re perfect to add that extra boost of protein to your diet, but they’re also really amazing to use for desserts, and pancakes, and muffins. I definitely recommend experimenting with protein powders, plus I love these come in strawberry! My ideas are swarming!!
JUST water: Everyone knows that water and hydration is an essential component to a good workout. What I’ve always hated about water bottles is the plastic waste that results. JUST water is 100% spring water in a bottle responsibly sourced, produced and packaged for improved environmental and community impact.
The JUST water bottle is made of 83% renewable resources by using paper and plant-based plastic from sugarcane, resulting in a 74% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to a range of traditional plastic bottles.
The water itself is sourced from the Glens Falls watershed in Upstate New York where water is abundant. An ethical trade revenue partnership with the city of Glens Falls is revitalizing the local community by paying six times the municipal rate for access to less than 3% of its excess water.
Even better? JUST water is currently available nationally at a retail price of $0.99 for a 16.9-ounce bottle – the price point is deliberate to ensure JUST water is accessible to everyone.
Casio Baby Watch: Need to time your sprints? Your heart rate? I love the patriotic colors of this BA-110TR- 7A watch from Baby-G. This color blocked resin timepiece is the perfect accessory for adding a patriotic statement to any fashion look. Plus, the watch’s functionality makes it a summer must-have, from water and shock resistance, perfect for diving into the surf to world time for traveling the globe. The stopwatch and countdown timers are ideal for warm weather runs. PLUS, there’re multiple alarms for those snoozers out there (hi, me!), and an LED light for the workout night owl. Basically, it has it all! The watch is available at select Macy’s for $130. You can also fin Baby-G on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
2XU Compression Tights: (I’m wearing them in the pic above!!) I love workout gear that can take you from the gym, to the food store, to picking up your kids from school and they still look amazing. I’m currently obsessing over these 2XU Mid-Rise 7/8 Compression Tights with a power comfort wide waistband for a sleek and streamlined fit. Hi, yes, give me ALLL the sleek and streamlining, please. They’re a legging for any activity or post exercise recovery. They have a graduated compression which is specifically engineered to promote maximum blood flow. This means: faster pre-exercise muscle warm up, reduced fatigue through less muscle oscillation, and reduced muscle soreness. Yep, you read it. Miracle pants.
Purpletale: Last but not least, you NEED to recharge with some self-love and self-care and what’s better than a portable five-step facial treatment kit?! It’s a complete facial solution that will leave your skin feeling deeply nourished and glowing. It comes with (1) foam cleanser, (2) ampoule, (3) bio-cellulous sheet mask, (4) facial cream, and (5) neck cream in one neat packet so that you can enjoy facials whenever and wherever you want!
Here are Purpletale’s five easy steps to use: 1) Cleanse : lather foam cleanser in hands and wash face and neck. Rinse and gently pat dry. 2) Treat : apply a thin layer of ampoule to face and neck and wait for the product to sink in. 3) Pamper : peel away protective film on one side, place the mask on face and then peel away the other protective film. Leave on face for at least 20 minutes. Remove when ready. 4) Moisturize: dab facial cream on face and apply evenly. 5) Nourish: massage neck cream onto neck with an upward motion.
Everyone wants that #nofilter skin, and it’s the perfect way to end a busy day with an effective mini, at-home, facial. p.s. it’s TSA friendly and perfect for travel, no need to pack a million bottles! It’s a perfect weekly indulgence to help you unwind! You can find them in the link above or on Instagram and Facebook!
This post was sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. I love working with companies that support thetoastedpinenut.com!! xo