A bit more expensive (but still reasonable!) pieces of exercise equipment

Last week, I posted about 7 inexpensive pieces of equipment to jump start your workout.

Today, we’ll look at some more expensive (but still reasonable!) pieces of exercise equipment to enhance your workout.

1. A Bosu ball. I first used a Bosu ball at the gym during a weight training class and fell in love with it immediately. Easy on the back and neck and super-effective for situps and planks, a Bosu ball is a bit pricey, but worth every cent.

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2. A BodyBar. I have personally found the BodyBar so much easier and more versatile than hand-weights. Prices vary based on the weight. I purchased mine directly from the BodyBar website.

3. A fitness tracker. The preferences for fitness trackers are varied and range in price from economy to super-expensive. Fitness trackers can do everything from calorie count, heartrate, to steps taken, to logging in different exercises. I absolutely love the Fitbit Surge my husband surprised me with last year for my birthday.

A more economical way to count your steps would be a run-of-the-mill pedometer. Another option is the variety of fitness apps available today. While I have not used it personally, I have heard good things about myfitnesspal.

What types of equipment have you found useful for your home gym?

 

**Please be sure to check with your physician before starting any new exercise program or varying your current workout.

5 things a man should never buy his wife for Christmas

 
Penny Zeller, Christian Author

All right, all you sweet and thoughtful husbands…have you decided what to buy your wife for Christmas yet? Start making those lists!

And wives, if you’re reading this, kindly suggest to your husband to read this post – it could make your Christmas much merrier. ūüôā

 
Ok, here¬†is some helpful and humorous advice from a veteran wife of 21 years…

Disclaimer: these are just generalities and some wives may like the items on the “do not buy” list. Plan accordingly and good luck!

Do not buy your wife:

1. Something she doesn’t want, but that you would¬†like.¬†For instance, don’t buy your wife a new (or gently used from the wrecking yard)¬†car muffler for Christmas, unless she’s a mechanic or big into NASCAR. Lon bought a loud muffler thingy for our Jeep Cherokee years ago that sounded like¬†what would belong on the vehicle of a high schooler.¬†Guess who drove the Jeep 99.9% of the time? Yep, me. (And no, I wasn’t a high schooler!)¬†Guess what happened when we went to trade the Jeep in for a bigger vehicle once we started our family?

The thing was so loud that¬†the car salesman told us we needed to “fix” the loud muffler before trading it in. Lon finally did convince the car¬†salesman that the muffler wasn’t broken, but that it¬†was a¬†“high performance¬†bought- and -installed- on- purpose- muffler.”¬†Now some other poor wife is driving a Jeep that you can hear from a mile away!

Nix the new car tires too. While that’s nice that you want your wife to be safe, instead save it as a “family purchase” rather than a “gift for the wife purchase.”

2. Clothing. Husbands, unless you know your wife’s correct size, stick to a gift card at her favorite department store instead. Here’s why: If you buy her a size that’s four times her actual size, she’ll think you think she’s fat. Alternatively, if you buy her a size four times smaller than her actual size, she’ll think you think she needs to lose weight. See how this is a lose-lose situation?¬†¬†So, unless you know for sure that she¬†always wears a size medium in sweaters, please pass on the clothes. Otherwise, you may find yourself in deep trouble with your sweetie poo.

 

3. A toolbox. When Lon and I were first married, he wrapped a large present and hid it under the tree. I was so excited and couldn’t wait until Christmas. Imagine my suprise when I opened the package and it was a toolbox complete with my own set of tools! I thanked my sweet husband for his nice gesture,¬†but I was puzzled. I’ve never been very handy with tools and the farthest thing from a “fix-it girl” there ever was. Our story landed us on the pages of Woman’s World and the toolbox remains in the garage where Lon uses it on a regular basis. Disclaimer: this is a perfect gift only¬†if your wife is the “fix-it type.” Otherwise, please pass on this gift idea!

4. A kitchen appliance. Unless she specifically asks for it or you can tell from her look of anguish at the toaster you received for your wedding gift 45 years ago, keep away from kitchen appliances. Ditto for mops,¬†a years’ worth of cleaning supplies,¬† a garden tiller, a chainsaw, or a¬†lawnmower.¬†Just trust me on this. Really.

5. An exercise video. Does this one really need any explanation? Also, unless she asks for that new treadmill, pass on the expensive (or not-so-expensive) exercise equipment too. You and your marriage will be glad you did.

So, as a wife, what tops your Christmas list?