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Jaybird Vista True Wireless Earbuds
Waterproof and sweat proof. Three sizes of interchangeable ear gels ensure a secure fit.
We asked our fans on Instagram what earbuds they recommend for tough workouts. These Jaybird Vista buds scored high marks. They’ll give you six hours of listening time on one charge. Forget to charge them before leg day? It only takes five minutes of charging to get an hour of play time. Lose them? Use the Jaybird app to track them down. Cool. – Chris Shugart
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AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Uses total immersion and gentle pressure to produce micro-filtered coffee with extraordinarily rich flavor. Tote bag for travel included.
Sometimes the best tech is low-tech, and few things prove the point like the AeroPress Coffee Maker. I got one of these things as a gift and it was like giving wine, or Pepsi or something, to a man who had only known water. I’d spent so many years drinking coffee from a lousy Mr. Coffee brewer and, later, a K-Cup dispenser, that I forgot what coffee was supposed to taste like. Holy crap this thing makes good coffee!
The kit consists of a plunger, the seal, the chamber, and filter cap, and it comes with 350 paper filters, a funnel, a stirrer, and a scoop, but don’t be intimidated. This thing is easy to learn and clean while actually being fun to use and master. Just add some coffee to the chamber, add hot water, insert the plunger, wait a bit, and then squeeze the plunger down until you hear a satisfying hiss. In two minutes you’ll have the best tasting cup of coffee you ever had. Oh yeah, the plastic is BPA free, so no worries there. – TC Luoma
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Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500 Sport Headphones
Wireless. 18 hours of power on a single charge. Memory foam headband and earcups. P2i military-grade nano-coating protects against sweat.
Some people just can’t keep earbuds in place and prefer headphones for the gym. These budget-friendly “cans” were also recommended by our Instagram followers. Fans like the handy on-ear controls which allow you to skip tracks, adjust the volume, and pause the music when those “can’t take a hint” talkative people interrupt your damn workout. – Chris Shugart
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Instant Pot DUO60, 6 Quart
6-in-1 programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer.
Any good nutrition coach will tell you that the key to dietary compliance is meal prep. Sure, you need to eat the right foods, but those foods need to be ready to go before you’re hungry, hangry, and tempted by a bowl of Sugar-Frosted Wheaty Cucks.
Enter the Instant Pot. With the fool-proof pressure cooker function, this thing can whip up mountains of meat and veggies in minutes. We’re talking a whole chicken in about 24 minutes, a dozen boiled eggs in 5 minutes, baked potatoes in 12 minutes, and steel-cut oats in 10 minutes (plus the time it takes to build up pressure, which is pretty fast). With most foods, you can set it and forget it too. The Instant Pot will take care of it without overcooking your grub.
Oh yeah, it’s also a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, and a rice steamer. I think it does shiatsu massage too, but I haven’t pushed that button yet. – Chris Shugart
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Avantree Wireless/Wired Bluetooth Headphones
Super-light over-the-ear headphones with wireless Bluetooth and wired connections.
Music tends to make exercise, or pretty much any activity, much more tolerable and a good pair of headphones can be key, especially if earbuds don’t fit your earholes. This set sits lightly on your head and ears so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a helmet. The wireless Bluetooth connection lets you play, pause, or skip tracks using buttons on the headset without needing to mess with your phone.
I also wear them anytime I do yardwork, a.k.a. NEPA, although 90 decibels from Metallica is technically the same as 90 decibels from a lawnmower, which may or may not defeat the purpose of “ear protection.” – Chris Colucci
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