Sunbeam® Targeted Heat Therapy

This post is sponsored by Sunbeam®.  I was compensated & given complimentary product for my review of the new Sunbeam® Targeted Heat Relief products.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a runner, especially one who hasn’t been training properly lately, oops! I am always dealing with one ache and/or pain after the other.  Most recently my back, the ever present hamstring tendonitis & ankle issues have been my current issues.

Which is why I was really excited to get to try out these new products from Sunbeam®.  I’m always intrigued by new products and I prefer heat to cold for recovery.

Sunbeam® is a leader in Targeted Heat Therapy for Pain Relief and their new product line doesn’t disappoint.

From the Sunbeam® website: Heat is clinically proven to relieve pain associated with muscle tension and stress; it increases blood flow to the source of the pain, which accelerates tissue healing.  Cold on the other hand reduces inflammation directly after an injury.

The new products that I received included Sunbeam® Heated Back Wrap Sunbeam® GoHeat™ Portable Heated Patches Sunbeam® FlexTemp™ Hot & Cold Joint Wrap Sunbeam® FlexFit™ Heated Wrap Sunbeam® Wrapping Heating Pad with XpressHeat®

Sunbeam® Heated Back Wrap, it has a contoured design to match the shape of your back.  It also includes an extra waist strap to extend the width of the strap  (it was a little snug so that piece will come in handy).  This is awesome to wear while I’m working.

The Sunbeam® GoHeat™ Portable Heated Patches were my favorite product of the group.  The patches are small enough that you can put them pretty much anywhere.  I like to use them on my hamstring, which is my problem spot.  Best of all, this is the only product of the group that is fully portable.  It comes with a control unit that you can clip onto your clothing.  There are 3 settings, low, medium & a 20 minute high heat cycle.

Next up was Sean’s favorite product.  The FlexTemp Hot + Cold Joint Wrap.   He was using this on his knee all weekend long.  It’s snug fitting & you can use it either with the cold freezable gel pack or plug it in for heat.  If you use it with the gel pack, you can remove the cord connector so you can move around if needed.

Sean said that it was really comfortable and he didn’t even realize that he was wearing it.  I used it with the ice after a tough spin class and it was super easy to get that icing down.

Another product I really liked was the Sunbeam® FlexFit™ Heated Wrap.  This piece was super cool because you can use it pretty much anywhere.  I especially liked using it on my ankle after my marathon to help with the minor inflammation I had from all the climbing out there in the mountains.

I also tried it out on my arm after a lot of heavy arm session and it fit great around my forearm/elbow.

The last piece I got was the Sunbeam® Wrapping Heating Pad with XpressHeat®.  This one you can use on either your arm or leg.  I was using this after Revel when my shins and calves were really sore from the downhill.  And I could use it while stretching too.

All of the products (except the portable patches) are made of a really soft material & are able to thrown in the washer, just disconnect the pad from the cord.

It’s nice because you can just plug them in and wear any or all of these products while just sitting and watching TV.  You can also create a moist heat option by spraying the pad with water which is supposed to provide deep penetrating pain relief.

These products are available at Sunbeam partners like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Walgreens & a bunch of others.

Which of these heat therapy products would you want to try?

WIWW: The Cozy Edition

*This post is a part of my affiliation with the Prana Fit Pros, as with all posts, all opinions are my own.

It’s been such a crazy summer & now fall.  Sean & I have been traveling like mad men this year.  We had 2 stretchs this summer & now fall where we have traveled for like 7 – 8 weeks in a row.

I love traveling but after a while it starts to wear on me.  I need comfortable clothing especially when I get towards the end of a long stretch of travel.

Gear, like the Prana Cozy Up collection was essential for me this summer/fall.  It came in really handy when I was travelling to places that were waaay cooler than San Diego.

Prana’s Cozy Up collection, pant, tee, sweatshirt & zip up jacket come in both regular and plus sizes.  The pieces are functional & cute.  I especially loved the pant, which was a jogger style.

The Cozy Up collection is made of a Hemp/recycled polyester/Tencel ® lyocell fleece blend which has natural odor reducing features and UPF 50+ (for the sweats) and UPF 30+ for the tee.

They are all sustainably made, which really makes me happy.  It’s one of the things I love most about Prana.

I have been living in the jogger style pant this fall.  I’ve never been a “sweats” type of girl, preferring leggings instead but these pants have changed my mind, I really love the style.  They fit nice, they are warm and of course they are very cozy ;).

I love that all the pieces are made with odor reducing features, sometimes when you travel or crew a race, you might be in your clothes for quite a while and I am a huge proponent of odor reducing fabrics.

We’ve been to the mountains in Utah, staying at over 9,000 ft, where it was chilly at night in early August!

To Lake Tahoe, with warm days and cool nights, while crewing for Sean at Tahoe 200.

Finally in Vancouver/Whistler where it rained and was super chilly for us in September.  The cozy up sweatshirt was my go-to after running.

The pant, my favorite for cool mornings & hot cups of coffee on our amazing balcony.  We totally got hooked up at the Four Seasons Whistler ;).

And I lived in the zip up for cool evenings here in San Diego & plane rides.

Traveling can be stressful, but I never stress over what to wear while I’m out and about.

Want to save on prana gear for yourself?  Use code JNAKprAna25 for 25% off. (good until Dec 31, 2018)

Athlete Inside Week 1

I’m participating in a challenge sponsored by Designer Protein & Vitamin Shoppe hosted by Zorn Fitness through my FitApproach.  This is a sponsored post.

I was so excited to be a part of this challenge, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been down and out with chronic high hamstring tendonitis that has been plaguing me off an on for the last 5 years.  I was excited because while I haven’t been running, I’ve still been eating like I was running and as I turn 40! tomorrow, I needed a way to kickstart a healthier diet.

How did week 1 go?  Well honestly, it didn’t go great for me.  I started the week off on a high after walking the San Diego Rock n Roll half in a pretty decent time.  I was super excited because while I had some pain while walking, as soon as I stopped speed walking the pain disappeared! YAY!! Progress.

But then I took off for Phoenix the next morning for work and boy did all my good intentions fly out the window.  I was so crazy busy the whole time I was there I didn’t even have a chance to look at the website.  Then I headed home just in time to spend the day crewing Sean at SD 100.

So unfortunately week one was a bust for me, but we all have weeks like that, we can always start again.

Even though I wasn’t able to do the challenge exactly, here’s what I did do in week one:

  • Up my water intake
  • Drink only 1 cup of coffee a day
  • Continue drinking a smoothie every day (I went to Nekter the day before my session started and got a Pitaya Bowl and 2 bottles of green juice for during my event)
  • I cut back on the amount I ate during my event, I always overeat.
  • And took a walk or did weights every day.

Now that I’m back home this week, week 2 should go much more smoothly.  I’m still only drinking one cup of coffee and Sean makes me a smoothie every morning.

If you missed last week like I did, it’s not too late to get started.  Head over to Designer Protein’s blog to get the scoop on week 2.  Share a photo on Instagram or Facebook tagging @designerprotein, @vitaminshoppe and @zorn_fitness and #athleteinside and you can be entered in to win some amazing prices.

  • Grand prize is a prize pack valued at $1200: 1 $100 gift card to The Vitamin Shoppe, custom fitness/nutrition plan from Zorn Fitness (valued at $900) and a 6-month supply of Designer Protein products (valued at $250)
  • 10 mini-winners: 1 $50 gift card to The Vitamin Shoppe, + 3-month supply of Designer Protein (valued at $150)

And remember, just because you have an off week doesn’t mean that you can’t start at any time.