April 2020

20 Women’s Wellness Must-Haves in 2020

Author: Becca Edwards

There is a duality that exists between my business partner, Laura Fromdahl, and I. On one hand, we believe in streamlining our closets and cabinets to just the bare necessities. On the other hand, we enjoy trying new products that up our wellness game. Sometimes these products work. Sometimes they do not. Sometimes they are worth the money. Sometimes they are not.

Since launching Female IQ Podcast in April 2019, we have researched and experimented with not only on-trend products, but off the beaten path ones as well. Here are our top 20 pics for 2020.

The Backslash Fit Smart Yoga Mat: Available on Amazon, the Backslash Fit Smart Yoga Mat is a self-rolling yoga mat that uses similar technology as the slap bracelet. It is easy to clean and thick enough and slip proof enough to avoid using a yoga mat towel.

beClink: For anyone who wants to be focused on their fitness, reducing alcohol intake is an important component. Enter beClink (www.beclink.com), which offers an extensive line of alcohol-free wines, beers and spirits.

BruTrek Double Shot 3.0 Travel French Press Coffee Mug: When traveling and in need of a caffeine, performance-enhancing kick, the BruTrek Double Shot 3.0 may be your most transportable new companion. It features a spill-proof threaded screw-on lid, durable non-slip textured paint finish, a laser-welded aluminum handle, and even a built-in storage container base for storing extra coffee grounds.

Daily Harvest: Offering an array of pre-made, functional food options like smoothies, soups and bowls, Daily Harvest is an affordable way to make sure you have easy to prepare, superfood options on hand. Visit www.daily-harvest.com and custom order your meal plan. NOTE: Keep lean proteins such as smoked salmon, eggs and organic rotisserie chicken on hand to add to your meals.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT: For all you triathletes out there, this watch provides an auto multi-sport feature so you can switch sports with the press of just one button. It also auto syncs with useful apps like Garmin Connect, Training Peaks, and Strava.

Happiness Gratitude Journal: This free app is something that I use daily, and my children do too. It is a simple, quick way to log what we are grateful for along with our personal affirmations. By regularly checking in with our blessings, we are able to reduce excessive cortisol and stress and generate more happiness in our lives.

HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle: If you are someone who naturally drinks half her body weight in ounces of water each day, this might be more of a fun buy than a must, but the HidrateSpark is a great way to track your water intake. Set up and using the app is easy, and the bottle lights up when you achieve your daily goal. For you overachievers, you can also compete with friends.

Jockey Women’s Molded Cup Seamless Bra: This bra holds the girls up during a workout, while also giving you a good shape. Available on Amazon, this bra is also wireless, inexpensive, comes in uncomplicated sizes, and can be worn with workout clothes and cocktail attire.

Lauren Roxburgh Foam Roller and Book: Lauren Roxburgh is a bestselling author, internationally renowned wellness educator and speaker, frequently dubbed “The Body Whisperer,” who can help you reduce inflammation and transform your body with foam rolling.

MOONMAG Supernova Extra Strong Magnesium Relief Balm: This locally made pain relief product is organic, gluten-, corn- and soy-free and contains no GMOs, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, heavy metals, micas, dyes, pigments, or artificial ingredients. After showering, rub into stress-holding areas like hamstrings, shoulders and neck.

MUD/WTR: You can get the taste of coffee while reducing your caffeine consumption and also boosting your health. Ingredients include such superfoods as cacao, chaga, cinnamon, cordyceps, lion’s mane, masala chai, reishi, sea salt, and turmeric. Available at www.mudwtr.com.

Oofos Shoes: Oofos offers a variety of styles to fit your desired look. The perfect recovery shoe is available online or in-store at Palmetto Running Company. I attribute overcoming plantar fasciitis to these shoes.

Oura Ring or Whoop Strap: Available at www.ouraring.com and www.whoop.com, both wearables are like having your own fitness coach, literally on hand. Both look at bio factors like heart rate and sleep and give you daily feedback to help you map out a customized, intelligent, data-driven fitness plan.

Roar, by Dr. Stacy Sims: One of the first on the market to really look at what it is like to be a woman and competitive athlete, this book takes a comprehensive look at female physiology, nutrition and hydration—just to name a few highlights.

Peloton Bike: This is more than just a stationary bike/fitness app. Peloton includes motivating coaches like Jen Sherman (cycling), who will guide you through strength, stretching, yoga, meditation, cardio, and more. With the monthly payment plan, you will break a sweat without breaking the bank.

The Self-Care Solution, by Dr. Jennifer Ashton: Dr. Ashton’s name might ring a bell with you as she is the chief medical correspondent for Good Morning America. In this book, available on Audible and in hardcopy, Ashton assigns a doable health challenge to each month to demonstrate how you, too, can make subtle modifications to your day-to-day routine to achieve long-term, beneficial results.

Shark Bandz: This anklet, worn by open-water swimmers, surfers, scuba divers and snorkelers, was developed in Australia. Using electromagnetic fields to drive sharks away, you can feel safer in the water.
Ten Percent Happier: Both the app and the book by Dan Harris (weekend anchor for Good Morning America) make meditation more approachable and doable for everyday people like you and me who have a hard time being still for five to ten minutes but still know they should.

Le Vel Thrive: Like many of you, I am hesitant about multi-level marketing companies, but this product line makes good on its promise. Available at www.le-vel.com/Products/THRIVE, the Thrive W daily supplement provides an energy and mood boost during the morning, and the black label skin patches are good for inflammation reduction.

Zum Mist (Frankincense-Lavender): Zum has been around for a while and for a good reason. In just a few sprays, you can refresh your workout clothes, clean your yoga mat or give your sweat towel a cleansing boost.

Becca Edwards is a wellness professional, freelance writer, and co-owner of Female IQ Podcast (femaleIQpodcast.com).

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