Spring 2013 Workout Gear Preview: 12 Looks We Love (Slideshow)

It may have snowed over the weekend (anyone else see those flakes?) but that’s not stopping me from dreaming of spring. Although we can’t make the calendar turn any faster (boo), we can get in the springtime spirit with a bit of retail therapy. Here, 12 ways (for girls and guys) to get pops of spring color in your workout wardrobe. Check out the slideshow for photos, then scroll below to find out where to buy.

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10 Father’s Day Gifts for Fit Dads

Do yourself a favor this Father’s Day: Don’t leave Dad’s gift until the last possible second. Here, our top gift picks for dads who like to stay healthy and fit (or need a little help getting there).

Canon PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera at $262, Amazon.com

For the Dad Who Wants to Capture It All

If surfing, swimming or sculling on the Schuylkill is his thing, a waterproof camera is always a good call. This high-quality camera has a 3x zoom lens and a waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof casing, so it can literally be brought anywhere.

Sony Water Resistant Wire-Free MP3 Player, $60 at Sony.com

For the Music-Loving Runner Dad

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Terrain’s Do-It-Yourself Canning Line

Did you catch our piece last week about how to can summer produce? Looks like we’re not the only ones with yummy jams and sauces on the brain: Terrain, one of our favorite stops for home-and-garden supplies, has introduced a whole do-it-yourself canning line, completed with adorable retro-inspired jars and colorful mini-strainers and cute labels. There are even cookbooks with pages and pages of beautiful images to get you inspired.

Check out the whole line here.

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-2400

Combat-Ready Lip Balm

One of the fun perks about being a health and fitness editor is getting unexpected packages in the mail. Sometimes it’s a bust—dog food. That was a good one—and sometimes it’s great, like today. Skincando sent me its Combat-Ready Lip Balm, and my pathetically chapped lips couldn’t be happier. The Combat-Ready line, which boasts organic ingredients and high praises from U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan for its impressive healing properties, is now being sold locally at JuJu Salon & Organics. Read more »

Spend Well: Great Fall Fitness Gear

The right gear can make all the difference. Not only can it keep you safe when you’re running down Kelly Drive before sun up, but it can also lessen the risk of injury and make your workout more enjoyable. And as any shopper knows, treating yourself to something new can firm up your resolve to stay fit.

Of course, a case of buyer’s remorse—or even wasting time returning items—is about as fun as forgetting to pack your gym socks.  Which is why we tracked down the items Philly Fitness pros are using and loving this season. Check out the slideshow for their tips and then tell us the items that you’re using this fall in the comments below.

Slideshow by Alyssa Brindisi

In Defense of SunChips’ 100-Percent Compostable Bag

This morning while listening to The Today Show I became so annoyed that I had to stop blow-drying my hair and turn around and actually pay attention to what Matt and Meredith were saying with more than a single ear. The topic: SunChips’ eco-friendly, 100-percent biodegradable bag—the first of its kind—has come under fire for being, quite simply, TOO LOUD.

Yes, that’s right. It is too crinkly. It makes too much NOISE. It’s causing “noise pollution.” Numerous Americans—nearly 30,000 of them have flocked to their very own Facebook group with the title “SORRY BUT I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THIS SUN CHIPS BAG” to complain—would rather fill landfills and be able to roll their SunChips bags down quietly than deal with this eardrum atrocity, even if said atrocity is better for the Earth. (Which is, in case they forgot, actually the planet that we live on and call home.) Read more »

Great Gifts for Health-Minded Moms

Mom’s Day is only a few days away, and if you still haven’t gotten around to figuring out what you’ll offer as a small token of thanks for all she’s done over the years, fear not. Whether she’s into yoga, gardening, running, hiking, is a crazy multi-tasker, is new to motherhood, or could use some stress-relieving pampering, we’ve found the right-around-the-corner, health-minded gifts the Mom(s) in your life will love. And yes, you can take the credit. (And yes, Moms, buying yourself a yearly après-push present is okay, too!)

— Research and slideshow by Brooke Hoffman and Nicole Jenet

Philly’s Best Ped-Saving Products

After training for Broad Street for the past 9 weeks, I cannot tell you how terrible the bottoms of my feet look. These babies have endured blisters, bumps, and are working on calluses so tough that I imagine firewalkers would have a hard time competing with them. So, in a complete SOS for my tootsies, we called some of Philly’s top beauty pros and asked for their very best defense against the dreaded “fitness foot”—aka, those tough, cracked soles that you’re slightly ashamed to slip into sandals.

Run on, Philly. Just keep a few of these ped-saving products around the house and show those two wonderful appendages how much we appreciate them (regularly, please).

— Research by Lana Morelli