Diet, health and fitness tips for average women. Site created and maintained by Ann Chihak Poff.

Using the right exercise equipment

My clip shoes, asthma inhaler, water bottle and towel are all necessities for me for a good spin class.

Having the right equipment makes all the difference.

When I got to the gym this morning I realized I forgot my clip shoes. Ah, bummer. I probably had time to go home and get them. But I decided to just deal with regular shoes.

I had to use my regular tennies on the spin bike a couple of months ago when I had a broken clip and couldn’t get my shoe into the pedal.

It is such a different feeling in regular tennis shoes than clip shoes. I can feel the pedal under my feet, my control is different, I get foot cramps more often, my feet sometimes fall asleep, I don’t feel as sturdy.

I also feel that way the my newer yoga mat. For years I used a Gaiam yoga mat I got at Target. It got the job done.

But as I started practicing yoga more and going to a studio regularly I knew I needed a better mat. The Gaiam mat is quite slippery. And my hands never stuck very well the to “sticky” mat.

So I invested in a nice Jade yoga mat. Yes, it is expensive. But it is sturdy and high quality. My hands still slip a little, but not anywhere as much. All in all it is just a better yoga mat to practice on.

Having the right equipment makes all the difference to have a better yoga practice or workout experience.


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