Elle body: Time out
Want a killer workout? Turn off the treadmill and get outside.
If you’re feeling parched post-workout, knocking back a bottle of Fiji alone won’t suffice. To top up electrolytes (minerals like magnesium and potassium that help cells function) lost through perspiration, try mixing Jamieson Electrolyte C powder with your water. A low-cal alternative (only nine calories compared to the 200-plus found in many sports drinks), it also delivers five times the daily recommended dose of vitamin C.
Price: $20 for 3 packets
Availability: at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada
An outdoor workout ups the perspiration factor, which can render your sun protection useless. The latest sports sunscreens, like
Neutrogena’s Ultimate Sport, offer sweat-proof formulas in a spray format and with higher SPFs. Exercising off the beaten track? Before you hit the trails, mist yourself with Butterfly Weed’s “In the Bush” Citronella Body Oil, a tree-planter-approved, handblended bug repellent that contains essential oils like lavender and peppermint.
Price of Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 60 (left): $13
Availability: drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada
Price of Butterfly Weed "In the Bush" Citronella Body Oil (right): $12
images by Geoffrey Ross
Want shades you can wear to boot camp and beyond? Oakley’s Active Lifestyle line merges style with function (think JLo meets Flo Jo) so your frames stay put and are cool enough to make a cameo at Sunday brunch. They also shut out harmful rays. “The UV protection is built into the lens,” says Jamie Oman, director of research and development for Oakley, “so it won’t scratch off or wear away.” For complete coverage, Fila’s athletic wear, made with hightech fabric, blocks up to 97 percent of UV rays.
Price of Evolve tank: $40
Availability: at speciality retailers across Canada; 1-800-668-5480
Price of Compulsive Squared Amethyst Eyewear: $210
According to a recent study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, exposure to green space is essential to our physical, psychological and social well-being. Researchers found that people who live in urban landscapes with less exposure to trees and grass have shorter attention spans, poor cognitive function and less impulse control compared to those who live surrounded by nature. Even taking your workout outdoors can be more rewarding, says Angela Pereira, a Toronto-based kinesiologist and president of First Line Kinesiologists Inc. “You have more obstacles, like wind speed, and different terrains that can make it more physically challenging and mentally stimulating.”
Images by Geoffrey Ross