Fitness shopping fun with Seattle's Domestic Goddess
To run, sun, pack up or lie down, we've got you covered
All this talk of physical fitness has the Goddess absolutely exhausted. Goddess does her very best never to schvitz. And so, sweaty endeavors aside, let us begin with a nice lie down, shall we?
Take a load off
We can do that quite nicely in this, the DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters with, wait for it, the Insect Shield. This tree sofa for two is treated with Permethrin insect repellent that, the ENO folks assure us, is safe and wards off insects (and by that we mean ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitoes, oh, my!) for up to six months of exposure to the elements. Oh, sure, they have less-expensive hammocks than this $84.95 model. But this one holds you and your feller.
The hammock is easier to maneuver with the SlapStrap suspension system ($19.95). Hitches to any solid anchor. Of course, you could upgrade to the SlapStrapPRO suspension system ($24.95): 2 feet longer, two extra attachment loops, and 4 ounces lighter. It's America; your choice. Check out eaglesnestoutfittersinc, amazon or rei, all .com. for versions of the hammock.
Lounge or pose in manly style
Here's a previously untapped market: yoga clothes for men. It's high time we tapped that. And if one of the reasons you can't get your guy down on the mat is that he doesn't have a snappy outfit, try this combo: prAna's JD Shorts and Nautilus Raglan Heathered T-shirt.
Cotton-poly blend shirt ($35) with raglan sleeves (makes it easy to strike that Warrior 1 pose). Plus, it's not too yoga-geeky, so he could wear it for a b&b (burger and beer) after class. Comes in four colors. The "next-to-skin" shorts resist wrinkles, wick moisture and dry quickly. Ooo. $40.
Fun fact: prAna's founder is named Beaver Theodosakis. Other fun fact: prAna is ancient Sanskrit for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, in case you find yourself on "Jeopardy" or somethin'.
The guy next to moi at HQ, a very snappy dresser, adores his prAna lounge pants. He likes that he can wear them "kinda all the time." He does not even do yoga and was stunned to discover yoga clothes for men when stumbling upon the prAna store in Portland. Go to prana.com or REI.
Like the stock market, but more fun
We're up, we're down, we're up, we're . . . How can one not snap to for a company motto such as: "The World's Safest Trampoline"?
Springfree Trampoline. You got it, no springs. Superstrong, flexible fiberglass rods mounted beneath the jumping surface. FlexiNet Safety Enclosure System cushions falls, returns bouncers to the mat (not an add-on, comes with each). SoftEdge System maximizes safety around the edge, making it over 30 times more shock absorbent than frame pads. Also, frame sits well beneath jumping surface, away from jumpers.
Got the 2010 Product of the Year Award, United States. And the 2011 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval.
The tramps are the product of 14 years of injury-prevention research. Why? Because more than 100,000 kids in this country go to the hospital each year with trampoline injuries. Why? For hitting three things: ground, springs, hard frame. "We have none of those," says trampoline professional Jody Sise.
She also says that 10 minutes of jumping is equal to a 30-minute run. Get your cardio up and on.
The medium round trampoline and safety enclosure, seen here, is for medium backyards and kids of all ages. Various sizes, shapes. Prices start at $1,249. Have a look/see at www.springfreetrampoline.com, have a jump/jump at Springfree Trampoline, 1875 N.W. Poplar Way, Issaquah.