There are already a few awesome sites to take a look at — I love the cartoonish illustration on weather.com. Sadly, it's probably only a matter of time before the service gets overrun with . . . inappropriate illustrations, so get your hands on it while you can. And one tip: right-clicking allows you to erase your previous stroke.
However, if you're trying to pack light, your best bet may be a swim cap and goggles. Long ago, I vowed never to travel without a swimsuit. Too many times, I ended up at hotels I didn't know would have pools and cursed myself for not bringing a swimsuit, which takes up minimal suitcase space. Same goes for a swim cap and goggles, which are also lightweight and small. Now, whether I'm camping somewhere with freshwater swimming or staying an elevator ride from a lap pool, I can always get some exercise.
Do you pack swim gear when you travel?
My early morning trips to the gym usually involve me leaving some essential item at home, be it my sock or my goggles. We learn from our mistakes, right? Recently, I had to borrow my trainer's Swedish goggles, and they rocked.
Designed for speed, these goggles left no suction cup circles around my eyes when I finished my session. I have been looking for goggles that are kind to the delicate skin around my eyes and that also don't leak. Swedish goggles have no rubber or foam gasket to seal around the eyes and this gives them a low-drag profile, which is why racers like them. Less drag translates into faster times. The goggles are cheap, too — a pair generally costs around $4. The catch is you have to (or get to) assemble them. Think of it as a crafty fitness project, and this way you get to perfect the fit. Swedish goggles come with two eye pieces, plus string and a small blue tube to create a nose piece. A long piece of latex serves as the headband for a "secure racing fit." I was able to assemble mine in less than five minutes.
You can spend about $10 more for a pair with a metalized finish that reduces glare for open-water swims, and some have anti-fog coating. You can find them at Swimoutlet.com or check your local swim store.
While on a ski vacation, a friend of mine was put in charge of cutting onions for the group meal. The cook needed a ton of tiny pearl onions, and after the first few my friend's eyes were watering like mad. She remembered this post on onion goggles, and being a resourceful gal, she decided to use her ski goggles instead. She said that although she looked dorky, it prevented her from crying. So tell me, would you ever use this tip?
Given the actual look of these iPod Video Goggles, this would probably make a legitimate Totally Geeky or Geek Chic poll, but I'm actually wondering if anyone would actually use/love these. I mean, we already know they're pretty darn geeky, but will anyone go on record and affirm they would use them?
The video goggles plug directly into your video iPod and project a virtual 24-inch TV directly. They draw power directly from your iPod (that means there aren't any added wires), but they cost $199, which is a high price to pay for something that looks like the disposable 3D glasses you wear at Disneyland's Back to the Future ride.
Yes, you could watch your guilty pleasure shows without anyone knowing, but you'd still get the reputation as the person that sits around absorbing life through video goggles. It's your choice: Love it or Leave it?
I've seen these onion glasses all over the food world recently and even found them in our very own Yum Market! Designed to protect your eyes from the tear inducing juices of a freshly sliced onion, these goggles form a seal preventing any irritating vapors from reaching you tear ducts. The website of the goggles that TeamSugar member CiaoBella bookmarked describes them as having a hip design. I totally disagree and think they're super geeky. However I can't help but laugh when I picture someone like Gordon Ramsay wearing them while he cooks. What do you think? Onion goggles: love it or hate it?
Swimming...the surprise fitness activity of the winter does require a bit of gear to make your trip to the pool rewarding and fun. So just in case Santa didn't bring the necessary swim accessories to your home this Christmas, let's go Fit Finding to get some gear for the pool.
I'm going to start you off with this chlorine resistant training suit. I like the hot pink accents.
Not only do we need to find a pair of goggles, we are going to need a swim cap as well. Most pools require that folks with hair shoulder length or longer wear a swim cap. Plus a cap insulates your head, keeping you warm until you get your heart rate up. I also feel it is necessary to have a pair of flip flops for the pool - I just don't like walking barefoot on the tile.
Here's a few online stores that should have what we're looking for:
Be sure to tag your Fit Finds with the works winter water work out.