Looking to get fit for real? Choose your own goals and dive right in. Those are the two big takeaways from new research published in the September issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Cardiology.
A four-month study of 500 subjects participating in a gamified fitness program found that those whose daily step goals were self-chosen and implemented immediately saw significantly better results than a control group, and the increased activity levels were sustained over a two-month follow-up.
For a little extra motivation on your fitness journey, check out the innovative new running, workout and recovery gear below.
lululemon Surge Hybrid Pant
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Finding a decent pant that keeps you warm and comfortable while running is not always an easy task. But now it can be with the Surge Hybrid Pant from lululemon. Designed specifically with running in mind, this lightweight run pant is cut to stay out of your way without restricting your quads. Plus, they’re made with a warm and sweat-wicking fabric so you can crush your miles outdoors even as the temperature drops. Of course, they also have characteristically lululemon details like reflective hits (to ensure you stay safe during your night sessions), and a discreet zippered pocket in the seam (for your small necessities). We wouldn’t blame you for never wanting to take these off.
Adidas Adizero Boston 10 TME Shoes
Adidas teamed up with the renowned Boulder, Colorado-based running group Tinman Elite for a special edition of this top-notch training and racing shoe. Standout features include bouncy Lightstrike Pro cushioning, carbon-infused Energy Rods and an upper made of 50 percent Primegreen recycled materials.
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly is a groundbreaking running shoe, setting marathon records and cracking last year’s GP100. In the race to save the planet, Nike is making it a more earth-friendly one too. Leading the brand’s Move to Zero quest for zero carbon and zero waste, this version is composed of at least 50 percent total recycled content by weight — and will be available later this month.
Under Armour UA Project Rock 4 Training Shoes
The latest shoe in UA’s continuing partnership with Dwayne Johnson meets the demands of the world’s biggest movie star. Loads of UA HOVR foam maximize energy return during cardio and explosive moves, while the midfoot strap and TriBase outsole ensure maximum stability and grip when undertaking big lifts.
Tracksmith Cross Country Collection
This limited-edition release of roughly two dozen running and lifestyle pieces honors cross country’s roots in 19th-century Britain, where it was known as the paper chase or Hares and Hounds. Like all things Tracksmith, the stuff is equally eye-popping and high-quality. Our favorite item? Cross Country Corduroy Shorts.
Whoop’s new-and-improved fitness strap boasts all the pros of its predecessors, plus a 33 percent thinner profile, more accurate heart rate monitoring and a unique trait: the ability to wear it without a bracelet, holstering the tracker to your skin via Whoop Body sportswear (leggings, undies and more). Free with a subscription, the Whoop 4.0 will begin shipping September 27th.
Therabody RecoveryAir PRO Compression Vest
Continuing its quest to cover your whole body with restorative solutions, Therabody has rolled out this vest, which uses an 8-chamber design to provide healing pneumatic compression for the chest, shoulder, and arm. And let us answer our own first question and probably yours: yes, it’s adjustable and interchangeable for use on both sides of the body.
Not to be outdone, Hyperice has introduced this futuristic-looking knee sleeve, which offers both hot and cold therapy to soothe aches and reduce inflammation, respectively. An adaptive fit and cordless power means you can wear it anywhere, while a Bluetooth connection lets you pair with the Hyperice app to essentially set it (your treatment, that is) and forget it.
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