By Kelly Leslie, Student at San Francisco State University
Decorations are coming down, stores are selling out of last year's clothing and your friends are filling your Facebook feed with resolutions. The new year is officially here, and like myself and many other chicsters, you are most likely setting a few goals of your own.
Do your resolutions revolve around fitness? If so, check out these must-have items that are sure to keep you motivated!
CamelBak BPA Free Water Bottle
It is so important to remember to drink enough water, especially when starting a new fitness plan. I don't know about you, but I have the hardest time staying hydrated. I have even built up a mini water bottle collection as an attempt to keep me motivated. This year I noticed that the BPA Free CamelBak water bottle was all the rage in my town, so naturally I had to try it out!
The verdict? I LOVE it. Not only is it spill proof (so you can toss it in your bag without getting everything else wet), but it also makes it easy to drink a large amount of water in just one gulp, which is a must for all the strenuous workouts that will make you extra thirsty. The one concern I had was being able to keep it clean, but that is not a problem because you can detach the straw and mouth piece to wash them separately. I especially like that it is available in a large variety of colors, including pink. I'd say it's definitely worth spending the $15 at your local sports store!
"Look Better Naked" by Michelle Promaulayko
Looking for a good read that will help you get started? Don't let the title shock you because this book is awesome. Written by Women's Health Magazine editor Michelle Promaulayko, "Look Better Naked" is the go-to guide for healthy eating and fitness. Not only is it filled with great information to help you understand your body, it also includes a six-week plan complete with full meals, workouts and ways to maintain your goal once you reach it. She even offers beauty tips that will give any girl the confidence they need to feel great about themselves. It's a quick read that you can finish in just one day.
The only downside is that it is not vegetarian friendly. You will need to be a fan of getting your lean protein from meats in order to maintain a healthy caloric intake while following this plan.
Ready to get started? Buy your own copy on Amazon for under $8.
Run with Nike
Do you love to run? The only thing better than a great pair of new Nike kicks is their latest and greatest app for runners, which is available to both Android and iPhone users. The Nike+ Running App will map your run, track your progress, keep track of your goals, play your music and even encourage your Facebook friends to give you a little motivation. All you have to do is download it from your app store, activate the GPS before you run and carry it with you. It used to be difficult to track your results when running outdoors, but now it's simple and FREE. Download it to your phone and get moving … it will change your life.
Want to find ways to keep your New Year's resolutions? Check out our New Year, New Chic board on Pinterest!
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