Our coated patio/outside front room in our Florida Airbnb! Snapped these pictures exterior after which obtained caught in a downpour (see raindrops on my shorts. Whoops!)
Shorts: Old Navy bike shorts (run true to dimension, on sale for $15! So snug! I obtained this pair in light pink as effectively in order for you some which might be barely longer!), my shirt is outdated, Shirt: From final yr however discovered a couple sizes still available here, similar short sleeve version here and right here, and I even have this sweatshirt in similar colors that I like!
Hi there hey from my Florida yard!
How is your week going? LOTTA SNOW in a lot of the nation, I do know. How are you hanging in there? (Particularly these in Texas! I’m considering of you!)
Neal and I have been saying final night time we really feel legitimately responsible that we escaped within the nick of time and that everybody else is caught within the snow and chilly! In an ideal universe, I might have the ability to match all of you in my suitcase to return with us! I’ve been getting lots of DM’s asking for LOTS of heat climate content material so you’ll be able to no less than benefit from the Florida climate nearly, so that’s the plan!
I’ve additionally been getting lots of questions on whether or not we really feel protected down right here–to be sincere we haven’t actually been anyplace close to folks aside from stopping at a few gasoline stations alongside the way in which (we tried to cease at small ones, not large relaxation stops! I used to be nearly at all times the one individual within the toilet–and double-masked, I felt nice!) We obtained groceries delivered once we obtained to the home, however Neal did cease in a liquor retailer and mentioned everybody in there was masked and socially distanced! Nearly all of the (few) folks we handed on our stroll yesterday have been additionally sporting masks, so we really feel very protected to date! I’ll proceed to maintain you posted! Fortunately I’m coming to the conclusion that not all of Florida is what you see on the information!
Anyway–at the moment we’re speaking about considered one of my newest “little pleasure” purchases I’ve been loving: Bala weighted bangles!
Seems a LOT of you have been inquisitive about them too! I began doing Melissa Wood Health’s videos a month or two in the past and have been loving them a lot, and in a lot of her movies she makes use of these cute little wrist/ankle weights known as “Bala Bangles.” I’ve been seeing them on Instagram and I puzzled in the event that they have been definitely worth the hype!
For a very long time, I wavered as a result of I’ve present ankle/wrist weights which might be completely nice! (They got here with my P.Volve starter set!) Nonetheless, I don’t LOVE how cumbersome they’re, and clearly, the Bala ones are a lot cuter. 😂Apparently lots of you are feeling the identical means about your ankle/wrist weights, and wished me to report again if, certainly, I did find yourself investing within the Bala model.
So…right here we’re! My Bala overview!
Fast-shop Bala Bangles:
What are Bala Bangles?
Very first thing’s first, what ARE they precisely?
Basically, they’re type of like thick stretchy velcro straps with small weighted rectangles slid onto them. You possibly can put on them in your wrists or your ankles for just a little little bit of added depth and resistance to your exercises–whether or not that’s yoga, pilates or different low affect exercises! (I suppose you may also use them for HIIT exercises, I simply don’t have the motivation to do these at dwelling. 😂)
Do they do the very same factor as REGULAR ankle/wrist weight? Sure. Sure they do. However they’re simpler to put on, simpler to make use of (not clunky!) and means cuter. So due to this fact, far more enjoyable. 😂
Like many issues, these completely fall into the “not obligatory, however will convey you pleasure” class.
Makes use of for Bala Bangles:
I take advantage of my Bala bangles for my Melissa Wooden Well being exercises. Even the exercises the place she makes use of solely her personal physique weight, I’ll often add the weights to make it tougher! I additionally love sporting them to go for walks. It doesn’t look like they’d make a lot of a distinction, however I’ve discovered they actually assist get your coronary heart charge up!
Put on in your wrist/fingers:
I both put on them absolutely on my wrist (if I’m going for a stroll) or I’ll simply slip them midway over my hand if I’m switching forwards and backwards between hand/leg exercise strikes. It’s actually only a private desire whether or not you do the hand or wrist factor, however I discovered I like sporting them over my fingers extra for arm particular exercises! I do like that after I’m slipping them over my wrists, I don’t should undo the velcro each time (like I might common wrist weights) due to the stretchy side of the band! (I’ve discovered that I clearly have a hatred for velcro? 😂)
Put on in your ankles:
To get the bala bands in your ankles you do the truth is should undo the velcro IF you had them tight in your wrist earlier than. Nonetheless, for those who have been simply sporting them loosely (i.e. slipping midway onto your fingers just like the above) then you’ll be able to simply slip them in your ankle (as they do stretch!)
One other factor, there can be some hole area and the little weight rectangles received’t go all the way in which round your ankle so it does nonetheless look just a little clunky (one other factor I didn’t anticipate) however not as a lot as common ankle weights! (See the picture to see what I’m speaking about, once more, not a giant deal, it simply wasn’t one thing I used to be anticipating!) I believed they’d be uniform round throughout, like a scrunchie, if that is smart?)
Do you need to undo the velcro each time?
Once more, it will depend on how tight/free they’re! If I’ve them tight sufficient to put on they’re tight on my wrists, they received’t slip on over my ankles, but when I’ve them on a looser setting, sure, they’ll slip proper over my ft, after which if I wish to shortly pull them off and swap them to my arms, I’ll simply slide them over my fingers (like above). Nonetheless, if I wished them tremendous cosy to my wrists, I must re-adjust.
1 LB vs. 2 LB Bala Bangles:
This was the most important thriller to me–do I get the 1LB (that appears so gentle!) or the 2LB. I’m glad a reader DMed me and advised me to keep away from the 2LB ones if I didn’t need them to really feel clunky–so I went with the 1LB and am tremendous pleased with my alternative.
I do know 1LB looks as if nothing, however the added resistance actually intensifies the burn once you’re doing small, repetitive actions like in barre or pilates (or Melissa Wooden Well being, P.Volve, and so on) and so they’re positively minimal sufficient to put on on a stroll, run or different leisure exercise with out feeling foolish. I additionally assume the 2LB would begin to really feel actually heavy actually quick based mostly on the type of at-home exercises I love to do! Nonetheless, that’s simply my desire!
The place to purchase Bala Bangles:
There are many locations you should purchase them, however listed below are my favorites:
Nordstrom: One among my favourite retailers ever. If you need one of the best return coverage, look no additional. They’ve all the classic colors in stock!
Bandier: Bandier has a ton of choice when it comes to colours and plenty of colours within the 2LB weight choice as effectively.
Are Bala Bangles value it?
Total, sure, I like these little bangles! Type of like having cute exercise garments to encourage you to exercise, they make understanding just a little extra enjoyable, tougher, and so they’re tremendous simple to make use of! If in case you have them in your funds and wish to deal with your self, completely go for it, but additionally–common weights are JUST FINE and work simply as effectively!
I hope this was useful! Communicate of the satan, I’m off to do some exercise with my Bala bands proper now! Hope you’ve a beautiful Wednesday!