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In a world where we're constantly surrounded by tempting, unhealthy choices, it can be tough to stick to your health and fitness goals! Here at Work For Your Beer, we're always looking for products that make it easy, convenient, and even enjoyable to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

We've tried plenty of items that promise to enrich our lives, then fall short, leaving us with immediate buyer's remorse... but we can assure you that the nine items we've listed below do not disappoint! If you're looking for items that will make it easier than ever to make healthy choices this week, get your credit card ready, because you're going to want to order these bad boys ASAP. 

1. Wireless Bluetooth Headphones That Don't Get Tangled Up When You Exercise  

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones w/ Mic IPX7 Waterproof HD Stereo, $36.97

Who wants to spend the first five minutes of their precious gym time untangling headphones, then proceed to get whacked with those headphones repeatedly throughout their entire workout? No one, that's who!

​These wireless headphones connect to your phone or MP3 player via Bluetooth, and the battery life is a whopping eight hours after they've been fully charged. They boast a comfortable, secure, waterproof design, so they can stand up to the elements no matter how often you're running or working out with them in. They're noise cancelling, too, so you can tune out the person running on the treadmill next to you.

With more than 15,000 reviews and a 4.3-star rating, we were convinced. We added these suckers to our cart without a second thought! 


2. A Portable, Single-Serving Blender to Get In Your Daily Servings of Fruits & Veggies

Haier Portable Mini-Food Blender/Mixer with Detachable Chopping Cup Block, $16.99

We all know that we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but sorry, chewing your way through handfuls of kale is just no way to live. Smoothies are a much easier way to get in your daily servings of fruits and vegetables all at once! That being said, some people really hate having to wash the blender they made their smooth with and the cup they drank the smoothie out of. Plus, what if you have leftovers? You have to store them in yet another cup or container, which you then also have to wash? Yeesh. Sounds like a lot of work. 

That's why we were ecstatic to find this (incredibly inexpensive) single-serving, portable blender. All you do is add your items, blend, and then drink your smoothie straight from the blender container itself! Quick, convenient, and delicious. After we saw that this fella had hundreds of rave reviews and a 4.6-star rating, we were sold.


3. An Alkaline Water Filtration System to Purify Your Body

Santevia Alkaline Water Pitcher, $49.99

We love popping into Gumbo Goods, the store full of health and fitness goodies next door to Okra Yoga. The last time we were in there, we got to chatting about the Santevia alkaline water filtration products, which have become a staple in the hydration line at Gumbo.

​As Gumbo explains it, "Alkaline water filtration systems utilize key minerals to help your body function as efficiently as possible. Many other filtration systems make water more acidic than regular tap water, which can hurt your digestion more than it helps. Santevia’s line of products give you balanced, clean alkaline water that aids in digestion, improves natural immunity, and assists your body in maintaining its natural pH balance." This pitcher is a great place to start, if you're interested! You can get it online using the link above, or stop by Gumbo the next time you're in Plaza Midwood. 


4. A Planner to Improve Your Productivity & Overall Mental Health

Panda Planner$25.97

Okay, bear with us here (Get it? Panda bear? Panda planner? Whatever, we think we're funny). From a physical health perspective, lack of planning has caused many a person to skip a workout or eat an unhealthy meal. And from a mental health perspective, many of us are so busy that we forget to stop and be grateful or to find excitement amidst our daily routine.

This planner has developed a cult following, and for good reason! It has proven time and time again (just check the thousands of five-star reviews) to improve productivity, time management, and happiness. So whether you're looking for a way to remember your workouts, to be more grateful and positive, or just to keep your shit together, this planner can definitely help.


5. Pre-Made, Paleo, Organic, Ready-in-3-Minutes Meals Delivered Straight to Your Door 

The Good Kitchen, prices vary (starting at 5 meals for $70)

We recently wrote an extensive blog post on our experience with The Good Kitchen's meal delivery services, which you can read here. But the short version is: grocery shopping, cooking, and doing dishes are time-consuming activities. The Good Kitchen eliminates the need to do any of them. They deliver fresh, fully prepared meals (which are paleo, organic, and non-GMO... in addition to being freakin' delicious) straight to your door.

All you do is pop each meal in the microwave for three minutes, then eat them straight from the container, which you can then toss into the recycling bin. That's it! You don't have to worry about what you're going to make for dinner, or on buying the right healthy foods at the farmer's market, or on cooking those foods before they go bad. You just select your meals online, they're delivered to you, and you enjoy.

You can do weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even one-time delivery. They offer a couple's plan, a "no-cook" plan that includes both lunches and dinners for a full week, and more customizable options to meet your needs.

If you're interested in trying The Good Kitchen meal delivery, we've got a deal for you! Get three meals free with your first order by using the promo code WORKFORYOURBEER. ​Go, go, go! 


6. An Armband to Hold Your Phone & Keys While You Work Out

Tribe Comrade: Water Resistant Sports Armband with Key Holder, $9.98

Working up the motivation to exercise is hard enough on its own. No one wants to spend additional mental energy figuring out where they're going to stash their phone and keys when they're trying to wear as little as possible to exercise in the insanely hot North Carolina summer weather! 

That's where this little guy comes in. This arm band has more than 12,500 reviews and a 4.5-star rating because it gets the job done! It's comfortable yet durable, comes in a variety of colors, offers a water-resistant screen protector, and adjusts to fit arms of all sizes. So, you can stop the search for shorts and leggings with pockets, and pass on lugging around a gym bag just to carry your phone and keys. This arm band has you covered, all for less than $10! 


7. A Meal Prep & Portion Control Kit That Makes Packing Lunch So Much Easier

Jaxx FitPak Meal Prep Mini-Tote Bag and Container Set with 6 Leak-Proof Portion Control Containers, Ice Pack and 28-ounce Jaxx Shaker Bottle, $39.99

So, you've got your dinners covered with paleo, organic, ready-in-three-minutes meals delivered by The Good Kitchen. But if you're looking for the most convenient way to manage meal prep and portion control for your lunches, snacks, and even your morning protein shakes, then the Jaxx FitPak is the way to go. 

This set comes with a mini-tote bag (in a variety of colors), six leak-proof portion control containers, an ice pack, and a 28-ounce shaker bottle... So basically, everything you need to prep your healthy foods for the day and keep yourself on track for your nutrition goals. With more than 1,500 reviews and a 4.5-star rating, this set is a steal at under $40! 


8. A Digital Food Scale with Nutritional Facts to Help You Keep Your Meals in Check

Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Portions Nutritional Facts Display, $39.99

It's easy to wonder why you're not getting closer to your fitness goals when you've only been eating healthy foods... But sometimes, the reason you're not seeing results is because you're eating too much of those foods! It's incredibly common to have a misconception about what constitutes a serving size of your favorite healthy staple, from avocados to quinoa and beyond. 

This digital scale makes it easier to ensure that you're eating the appropriate amount of each healthy food you're consuming. It has four precision weighing sensors ensure accuracy, and it offers nutritional data for up to 2000 foods, including custom entries. Go check out the hundreds of reviews and the 4.6-star rating, then thank us later. 


9. A Foam Roller to Help You Recover Faster (& Better) After Workouts

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller, $18.11

When you exercise, it's not only important to make sure you're working out correctly and safely, but to make sure that you're intentionally recovering correctly and safely! In addition to stretching and hydrating, foam rolling is one of the highest-recommended recovery practices you'll hear from fitness instructors, physical and massage therapists, coaches, and trainers. 

The original TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is one of the best-reviewed foam rollers in the market, and it's available for less than $20! Its unique surface pattern is ideal for rolling through tight muscles, knots, and kinks, to decrease muscle and joint pain and increase circulation and flexibility. 


And Of Course, Working Out With Us Will Guarantee A Healthier Week! 

Join us at the Work For Your Beer fitness classes listed on our calendar, drink beer (or kombucha), socialize, and support local businesses! 

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