Fit Finds

By Contributor – October 25, 2012
Brian Fitzsimmons

Apparel

Ford Warriors in Pink | Strength of the Warrior Yoga Pants, Warrior Tank Top, and True Warrior Jacket

Where to find it:

www.fordcares.com
These 95 percent cotton/5 percent spandex pants and yoga top are perfect for yoga or other daily activities, while the all-season, water-resistant, partially lined jacket (made by Under Armour) can be worn by men and women.

What Makes It Cool:

The Ford Warrior in Pink clothing line is part of the “Models of Courage” campaign to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. For 18 years, Ford has been supporting the fight against breast cancer, and this year’s campaign uses 11 men and women who are breast cancer survivors as models. Ford will donate 100 percent of the net proceeds from these sales to fighting breast cancer, with proceeds spread among a variety of organizations. To make sure your donation stays local, enter AUSTINWIP in the promo code box when completing your order. By doing so, you’re helping to provide FREE breast health services right here in Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays, and Bastrop counties.
 

Goodie

Abvio | Cyclemeter 7.0.8

Where to find it:

 www.abvio.com

 
Looking for an affordable GPS system? If you have an iPhone, look no further than Cyclemeter. This app records your location, speed, distance, pace, elevation, and even approximate calories burned. Data can be tracked by routes and activity and can also be exported to a csv file. Although called “Cyclemeter,” the app lets you customize what kind of workout you are doing: running, walking, swimming, skating, and so on. Abvio also makes similar apps that are preconfigured for running and walking.
What Makes It Cool:

 Cyclemeter can be integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and even your email to automatically update your friends and family with a map of your location and average stats of your workout. It can be programmed to send updates according to mileage, distance, or time. It is particularly great for races: Your GPS location is updated every five minutes. Also entertaining is the app’s ability to speak comments and replies to you from Facebook (with a variety of voices to choose from!).
 

Goodie

Fit Kit Plus | BlueAvocado

Where to find it:

 www.blueavocado.com for the kit; components can be bought locally at TreeHouse (4477 South Lamar Boulevard, #600), Central Market, and Whole Foods Market locations

The Fit Plus Kit is a three-piece set of reusable tote bags made from a special fabric constructed out of recycled fibers made from plastic bottles. Each kit can hold up to 35 pounds in combined weight and is machine washable. Two of the bags are called “hip pods” and are of a solid material; the third bag is a slightly smaller “mesh pod.” Though these bags are ideal for groceries (veggies in the mesh, for example, with other goods separated into the two remaining bags), the sturdy material and handy size makes them perfect for any number of uses. Paige Davis, one of the founders, had this suggestion: “People love using our bags for organization. The fact that they are machine washable (means) you can use the mesh bag for your shoes or dirty clothes, one of the pods for a change of clothes, and have an extra pod on you so you can run errands or take a trip to the farmers market after your workout.” 

What Makes It Cool:

 BlueAvocado was developed in Austin by three local ladies, Amy George, Paige Davis, and Melissa Nathan, and has gone to take the eco-friendly world by storm. Each BlueAvocado product comes with an eco-label that tells the number of plastic bags avoided per trip and by year and the amount of carbon emissions saved. In 2011, BlueAvocado’s REPREVE fabric upcycled as many as 805 thousand plastic bottles—and what’s more, the bags are stylish and fun. The bags can be bought separately or as kits and there’s a bag out there for every need.

 
 

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