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Good Buy: Shaping Up

by Erica Bauwens
Who ever said sticking to your New Year’s resolutions was an impossible task? Get out and stay in shape this year with the help of these awesome accessories. From outdoor gear to fitness wear, it won’t be hard to stay fit when you’re looking this good.

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On Time. You’ll be able to watch your runs evolve and get better step by step thanks to the GPS tracking device in the Garmin Forerunner 10. This customizable wristwatch comes equipped with technologies to track your distance, speed/pace and the number of calories burned, and allows you to upload information onto a computer and track your progress over time. Forerunner 10 watch by Garmin, $130 at Fleet Feet Sports, 109 Route 73 S., Marlton, (856) 881-0091,

First Place. Extreme athletes need extreme activewear. That’s why Zoot has designed their gear to meet the demands of cyclers, tri-athletes, and other ultimate fitness lovers. Along with climate-control fabric, this half-zip tank also has UPF 50+ sun protection to protect your skin from harmful UV rays on race day. Zoot Ultra Men’s Tri Tank 2012, $95 at Danzeisen and Quigley, 1720 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill, (856) 424-5969,

Namaste. Staying centered requires a little bit of help. The proper yoga mat, like this Manduka PRO choice with an extra thick, fabric-like surface for extra cushioning, will help you during those extra-intense sessions, so you can keep your focus on breathing and balancing, not slipping and sliding. PRO yoga mat by Manduka, $90 at Yogawood, 688 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, (856) 858-9642,

Safety First. Get out at any time of the day with this must-have pullover. The reflective accents all over the sleeves and body keep you safe and the vented arms help you stay cool, while the brushed fabric adds an extra bit of heat during the cold winter season. Run: Reflect Pullover, $118 at Lululemon Athletica, 500 Route 73, Marlton, (856) 983 0952,

Stretch Out. Joey’s in Marlton carries a full line of Hard Tail Forever yoga gear, designed specifically with the flexible in mind. Their super-soft roll down yoga pants are built to last, and will help you reach that new pose you’ve been practicing. Roll Down Yoga pants (available in black) by Hard Tail Forever, $88 at Joey’s Unique Boutique, 6000 W. Lincoln Drive, Marlton, (856) 810-3496,

Sole-mates. The Haddonfield Running Company will work with you to customize your next selection and find your best fit of training shoe, like Brooks’ newest version of their popular training sneakers, which have been a hit on the South Jersey runner’s circuit. Adrenaline GTS 13 by Brooks, $110 at the Haddonfield Running Company, 110 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, (856) 428-1666,

Warm Up. Head to the Cherry Hill Mall’s newest retail addition, The North Face, for some serious outdoor protection—like this ear band, with a layer of warm fleece to cover your ears comfortably and an additional shell of custom-designed windproof fabric to keep you out in the winter weather and exercising comfortably. Windstopper Ear Gear by The North Face, $30 at The North Face, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, (856) 486-1473,

Sun Blocked. Don’t let the rays get in your way. The polarized lenses from these sunglasses will keep your eyes adjusted to any light, and the co-molded frames with extra grip around the ears are designed to keep them from straying, no matter the activity. Stringer by Costa Del Mar, $139 at Lynch Wood, 118 Barclay Lane, Cherry Hill, (856) 428-8084

Bottom’s Up. Stay hydrated with this water bottle, designed with the active in mind. Clean Bottle’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free body comes with a standard top cap as well as an unscrewable larger bottom cap for those particularly tough workouts, when a steady stream isn’t enough. Clean Bottle, $10 at the South Jersey Running and Triathalon Company of Mullica Hill, 86 N. Main St., Mullica Hill, (856) 223-9350,

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 10 (January, 2013).
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