Quirky Item of the Week: Feetures! High Performance Socks

(Image Credit: Feetures! / Instagram)

(Image Credit: Feetures! / Instagram)

Okay, so I am no marathon runner or triathlete, but I don’t think you have to be a hardcore athlete to understand the trials and tribulations of annoying socks. You know the kind – socks that slip down the back of your heel or bunch at your toes; socks that don’t breathe and leave your feet feeling clammy inside your shoes; or socks that stick out the tops of your shoes at odd angles. These may seem like minor annoyances but I think we can all agree fixing little sock issues can make a big difference in comfort.

That’s where Feetures! High Performance Socks come in handy. These ultra-lightweight socks mold to the shape of your foot to put a stop to any slipping or bunching and prevent painful blisters. The breathable fabric keeps your feet feeling cool and dry, and a specially-designed heel saves you from the dreaded heel bunching. These socks also address one of my personal sock peeves, the obnoxious toe seam. With Feetures!, you don’t have to worry about rubbing your sensitive toes on an intrusive seam.

Feetures! High Performance Socks are available in a variety of colors, sizes and cuts, with the no show ankle sock standing out as a popular favorite. I’ll admit the $11.99 USD price tag is a bit steep for a single pair of socks (at least as far as I’m concerned), but it’s a worthy investment if you want to have a pair of socks you know you can rely on to get you comfortably through your toughest workouts – or just your longest day at Disney World!

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Top 5 Songs to Get You Pumped for a Workout

Beyonce "Diva" Music Video (Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment)

Beyonce “Diva” Music Video (Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment)

As the cold weather rolls around, it can feel almost impossible to get yourself motivated to work out. After all, there isn’t much better than laying next to a fire with snacks and your favorite TV show when it’s not so nice outside, am I right? Well as nice as that can be, staying on top of a fitness routine is essential to keeping yourself feeling healthy and happy. Although the weather probably isn’t pumping you up too much, a good playlist can work wonders on getting you up and active. Check out these songs if your workout playlist needs a boost! Continue reading

Fashionable Sneakers for a Stylish Workout

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Need a little extra workout motivation? One thing that always works for me is some cute new workout gear. No one wants to hit the gym in an unflattering old t-shirt and beat up sneakers that give you blisters. Fashionable, functional workout gear can make a huge difference not just in motivation, but also in your performance. So let’s start with the most important part of every outfit: shoes! The Daily Quirk rounded up our favorite fashionable sneakers to help you create a cute, comfortable foundation for your next workout! Continue reading

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5 Home Workout Programs That Will Whip You Into Shape

(Image Credit: Gromovataya)

(Image Credit: Gromovataya)

It would be easy to fit in a workout if we all had a free 24 Hour Fitness next door, but unfortunately gym memberships aren’t feasible for everyone. Memberships aren’t cheap, and there are only so many hours in the day – you don’t always want to spend your precious free time en route to the gym. Continue reading

Workout Apparel Trends for Spring 2014

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As spring approaches, it’s seriously time to start thinking about the ways we can get our body prepared for (wait for it…) bathing suit season. Yep, I said it. Winter will be behind us sooner than we think, and as we start preparing our body for those little sundresses and bikinis—it’s also time to think about the apparel we wear as we strut our stuff at the gym. Workout clothing has gotten significantly more fashionable in the last decade (remember those “swishy” track suits), and is continuing to become more stylish with each season. Whether you’re into bright neon spandex, or more subtle black and white patterns, this spring season brings comfort and style together, to have you feeling both sexy and confident at the gym. Continue reading

Acroyoga (Image Credit: Charlie Llewellin)

What’s the big deal about… Acroyoga?

Acroyoga (Image Credit: Charlie Llewellin)

Acroyoga (Image Credit: Charlie Llewellin)

I first became aware of acroyoga from a YouTube video a friend sent me. There were two people practicing with a mountain back drop. As one of the partners twisted and twirled, I thought it looked like a nature friendly version of a Cirque du Soleil performance. Despite what I first believed, acroyoga can be done by regular people.

Acroyoga is the combination of yoga, acrobatics and healings arts. There are three typical roles one can fill when participating. The person who is the base is the one who is supported by the floor. In most cases the base is laying on the ground which frees up their arms/legs to help the other person out. The flyer is the person who is supported by the base and is typically the one that you see moving into the complicated poses. The third position is a spotter who can make sure everything is going safely.  Continue reading

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Cold Weather Workouts to Keep You in Shape This Winter!

Cold Weather Exercise (Image Credit: Flickr User akunamatata)

Cold Weather Exercise (Image Credit: Flickr User akunamatata)

Many people find it much easier to keep fit in the summer months, when the days are longer and the weather is warmer. It’s much more appealing to go for a run in the morning when the sun is shining than in the cold. When it’s raining outside or the temperature calls for hats, gloves and scarves it can be much harder to motivate yourself to get out there exercising. However there are some workouts which just lend themselves to the colder months, so here are my suggestions for ways to stay active when all you want to do is curl up in bed! Continue reading

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5 Ways to Boost Your Fitness Routine

Running (Image Credit: Lululemon Athletica)

Running (Image Credit: Lululemon Athletica)

September is dawning on us. For many this means the back-to-school season is upon us, even those who are well out of education often use the month of September as a reason to rejuvenate. Cheesy alliterations aside, I personally love an excuse to start everything up again and push myself harder with my goals. Sometimes with all of the enjoyment summer brings with it, it can be really easy to lose motivation and relax one’s routine (which is definitely needed from time to time), so why not use the start of the fall season to give your own fitness routine a boost back into gear? Continue reading

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Top 4 Women’s Fitness Myths Debunked

Fitness Myths (Image Credit: Arema Foto)

Fitness Myths (Image Credit: Arema Foto)

With the countless fitness magazines, all of the websites on health and fitness, and the constant influx of research being done on the subject of the human body and all it entails, it can become really difficult to figure out what to believe. There are always contradictory accounts of what to do to lose weight, when to work out, how to work out, etc. Not only do different sources have completely different messages, it can be hard to know which are based on fact and which are twisted to sell things to us. Hopefully this article will help clear a few myths up and help you straighten out your workouts. Continue reading

4 Workout Mistakes You’re (Probably) Making

Running (Image Credit: Lululemon Athletica)

Running (Image Credit: Lululemon Athletica)

Workout mistakes aren’t limited to bad form or faulty exercises.  The gym can bring on mental battles just as easily as it can physically kick your ass.  When you hear that Kim Kardashian is losing the baby weight by working out seven days a week or see Facebook pictures of the pudgy girl from high school lifting in a Crossfit gym, you may think they’re the only road to results.  Yeah…not really. Continue reading

Dive into Swimming as Exercise!

Swimming for Exercise (Image Credit: Maridav)

Swimming for Exercise (Image Credit: Maridav)

I have never been a fan of working out. Between finding the right gym, making the time to actually go, and motivating myself to get off the sofa and out of my pajamas, I never got very far. Luckily, there was one activity that always managed to not only get me off the couch, but also exercised my entire body in a single hour-long session. That activity was swimming. Continue reading

5 Tips for Good Gym Etiquette

At the Gym (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

At the Gym (Image Credit: Wavebreak Media)

There seems to be an unspoken “gym etiquette” code that some gym goers understand, while others seem to have missed the memo. But what are some of these unspoken rules?

Although I am sure there is an extensive list of gym etiquette somewhere out there, below are a few common rules I’ve picked up, or wished other people would have picked up on, from being a frequent gym goer. Continue reading