Article by Liz Sunga
With Christmas just around the corner, everyone’s racking their brains for ideas on what to get their loved ones this holiday season. There’s no one perfect gift for every person, but if you’re wondering what to get your sports-loving athlete friend or just something to treat yourself with this Christmas, here’s a list of presents to start with! (Bonus: all these items are easily found in the Philippines!)
No doubt that after a long training session or an intense game on the field, your muscles can feel sore and your whole body can be aching. Research has shown that foam rolling can be extremely beneficial as it is a form of self-myofascial release, which is the fancy way of saying releasing tension in muscle fibers and providing relief immediately after muscle impact.
Matching workout clothes
Who doesn’t love a fresh set of cute workout clothes—a matching set at that. There’s no better way to start your New Year’s fitness resolution than with a new set of exercise apparel to make you feel motivated. If you didn’t already know, there are many local Filipino athletic brands that can help you stay chic for your next workout! For the ladies, if you’re feeling a little splurge, check out MillennX and their Alexa bra or the Shape Shop and their Tricia leggings for a very aesthetically pleasing and minimalistic take on active wear. If you’re on a budget or just looking for something more colorful, try Lotus Activewear and their vibrant Power Tees—they have tons of other colorful shirts, leggings and more to choose from!
For the guys, Zalora, an online Filipino shopping site, has all your workout gear needs! For your basketball games, wear matching Jordan t-shirts and these cool Flex shorts from Nike. Looking for a new hat to wear over the holidays for your trips to sunny getaways? Check out this stylish Hershel Toby H Snapback!
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The Philippines is known for its hot and humid weather year round; when training, you’ll definitely want to stay hydrated. Studies show that dehydration of as little as 2% of your entire body weight can seriously deter your athletic performance. To stay on top of that, it’d be a great idea to always have a cool bottle of water handy. Klean Kanteen bottles are a great option for that because they are made of durable sustainable steel that will keep your water insulated for the whole day! Plus, they’re good for the environment too! Get one at ISM’s Bearcat Den!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Builder Clif Bars
Protein is vital for building muscle mass, especially after a grueling session at the gym. These protein bars pack a hefty 20 grams of protein per bar and, on top of that, they taste just like a peanut butter Twix bar. It’s so good, you might forget that you’re eating a pretty healthy snack made of wholesome ingredients that will keep your body fueled and repair your muscles after your workout. And guess what? They’re vegan too! Get them at Healthy Options at Bonifacio High Street! (image source: http://www.clifbar.com/products/clif/builder-s/builders-chocolate-peanut-butter)
Going overseas this holiday or just staying home? Whatever the case may be, the holidays are some of the busiest times of the year, and it can feel almost impossible to be able to sneak in a good workout. However, if you have these handy resistance bands, you can be sure to have a fat-burning, muscle-building workout anywhere, which will be especially crucial after all the upcoming gastronomic festivities. Resistance bands are a great addition to any bodyweight workout, providing an extra burn to whatever exercise you’re doing! Get them here: https://www.lazada.com.ph/yoga-exercise-resistance-band-intl-16153339.html?spm=a2o4l.category.products-list.11.282d665cFFxpAo&ff=1&time=1512107330&sc=Ecgm
Whether it’s travelling to the Alps to go skiing, visiting the pretty beaches of Bali, or just pigging out on cookies and cake with your family, enjoy your holidays and remember to stay fit!