Hey you! I created this resources page to be able to share some of my favorite products and services that I think will help you live a healthy lifestyle. Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but all of my recommendations are honest and I wouldn’t list them if I didn’t truly believe they could benefit you.
Sports Nutrition & Supplements
1st Phorm– 1st phorm is a company I truly respect and stand behind. They pride themselves on providing the most effective, highest quality products on the market. They even have a 110% money back guarantee, no questions asked. They not only have sports nutrition supplements like protein powders and pre-workouts, but they have daily mulitvitamins, fish oils, products for heart health, joint health, prenatal, prostate, workout gear, etc. I use their products every day.
$5 Meal Plan- This is a meal PLANNING site, not a site that will send you food to your door. However, it does provide great recipes that allow you to create delicious meals on a budget. For $5 a month, you will get a meal plan sent to you where recipes cost about $2 per person (or less) so there’s no excuse that you can’t afford to eat healthy. You also get a 14-day FREE trial so you can see how you like it first. Bonus: think of the time you will save no having to plan meals and figure out grocery lists.
The Great Low Carb Bread Company- Personally, my body responds better to a higher fat, lower carb diet. This company provides a great line of low carbs options so you don’t have to give up your favorite foods. I love bagels, but I felt like I could never eat them (without feeling guilty). These have the consistency of a normal bagel, with much better macros. They’re tasty too!
MyFitnessPal- This is a program that helps you track you food. It allows you to set your goals and scan barcodes to enter foods so you can keep track of how many calories, carbs, fats, proteins, and other micronutrients you are eating. You can use your computer to access the website or you can download the app for free on your phone. There is a paid version if you want advanced features, but I just use the free one.
FitBit– I have the Charge 2 model and I LOVE it. You can keep track of how many calories you burn, how many steps you take, stairs you climb, miles you walk, etc. It also has sleep tracking and a guided breathing feature to help you relax. The free app will also give you weekly stats so you can keep track of your progress. Not to mention, you can buy a bunch of different bands to switch out the color or style and match it to your outfits 😉
Bear Strength & Conditioning Barbell Squat Pad– THIS WILL SAVE YOUR HIPS. You know those lovely hip thrusts that are great for your glutes? Well they’re not so friendly on your hips when the barbell is resting on them. This padding helped me TREMENDOUSLY. I still fold a mat under it for extra padding, but I couldn’t even do the exercise without this padding.
Resistance Bands- Any resistance bands will do, but these are great if you’re a beginner or don’t want to use weights. I like to use them on the stairmaster… gets my glutes burning in literally like 2 minutes.
Workout Gloves- Not only do they help protect your hands from callouses, but they also help with gripping weights. I like these minimalistic gloves because they don’t make my hands extra sweaty 😉
Ankle Straps for Cable Machines- This may or may not be necessary depending on whether or not your gym has them available. Personally, mine doesn’t, and I don’t want to share a sweaty ankle strap anyway…
Adjustable Dumbbells- These are great if you want to workout at home. It’s a little bit of an investment, but it’s a one-time purchase and you will be able to use them forever, even as you progress. Plus it’s a space saver so you don’t have to find somewhere to store multiple sets of weights.
Exercise Balance Ball- This is another great piece of equipment to have, whether you are a beginner or pro. It’s also a lot cheaper and more space-friendly than a workout bench. I’ve had this one for years and never had a problem.