Liz Vaccariello, executive editor of Fitness magazine, stopped by The Saturday Early Show to show us some of the newest exercise gear and gadgets.
Fall is the season for people who love to run. The cool and dry air is perfect for running, and there a couple of new items on the market that are geared toward runners.
Now that it's getting dark early this semi-fitted reflective top is great for women runners because the entire front is made of a reflective material. It also has a funnel neck and fitted hood to protect the ears. The top is made for women only.
The Sugoi reflective top is available at Athleta.com, about $72.
If it's raining but you don't want to miss your run, this is the shoe for you. The Montrail Susitna XCR has a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex exterior that wraps around the shoe like a raincoat, keeping your feet dry from rain and sweat. In addition, there's a lightweight rubber gator that attaches to the top of the shoe and fits around your ankle to keep water from splashing inside the shoe. It is available for men and women.
The Montrail Susitna XCR is about $125.
When you're buying exercise clothes, look for materials that whisk moisture away from the body.
Vaccariello says the design for the Nike Sphere jacket is cool and the material is comfortable. The thermal hooded jacket is an ideal outer layer for exercising outdoors in blustery weather. The woven fabric is designed to keep the wearer warm and dry without getting overheated. It's not bulky and it has a built in thumb loop that keeps the hands warm. This versatile jacket is great for running, but you can also wear it for a variety of activities such as walking, biking, tennis and shopping.
The Nike Sphere is available at Nike.com, about $110.
The Men's version is called the Nike Sphere Pro and costs about $150.
The "advanced knitting technology" of these soft pants draws moisture from the skin to the outer surface of the garment where it evaporates quickly. Vaccariello says she likes the yoga pants because they don't show sweat, they move with you and they are stylish enough to wear from the yoga studio to the street.
The pants are available at Marika.com,
Vaccariello says the Maia sports bra is a breakthrough for women with larger chests because standard sport bras don't give women the support they need when working out. The secret, she says, lies in separate, fully shaped cups. The bra only comes in black and white, but more colors are on the way.
The sports bra is available at Marika.com, about $40.
CW-X sports pant:
These are are super high-performance pants that claim to stabilize knee caps, align the hips and leg joints, and support the muscles. The technology used to make the garment is also supposed to reduce lactic acid build-up, which means you won't cramp while exercising or be sore the next day. Vaccariello says she has not used them herself so she can't say for certain that they work.
It costs about $80.
Venus Williams inspired the RBK tennis dress by designer Diane Von Furstenberg and Reebok. It's part of the Spring 2004 collection. Vaccariello says the honeycomb patterns are the line's signature print this year.
The tennis dress is available at Reebok, about $85.
Men's yoga bag:
This durable masculine bag features Rafe's signature striped webbing strap. It also has a front pocket for keys, phones and other essentials.
It costs about $145.
Women's yoga bag:
Designer Marc Jacobs has introduced a Yoga bag to the Louis Vuitton line. The orange bag is made of a supple Epi leather and comes with a quilted LV yoga mat. It also comes in red.
The yoga bag is available at Vuitton.com, about $1,380.
These bright balls made by Danskin are a softer alternative to dumbbells. Filled with a squishy mixture of sand and air, Vaccariello says they are easy to grip. They come in four, six or eight pound balls, accompanied by an illustrated exercise poster.
The toning balls are available at Danskin Fitness Equipment For Women, from $16.99 to $24.99.
If you like to listen to tune while working out, Vaccariello says you're going to love the Digisette MP3 player. It combines an MP3 player, an FM radio and a heart-rate monitor.
The MP3 player is available at Digisette.com, $299.
A recent study suggets that taking 10,000 steps a day, about four miles, can put you on the road to losing weight and lowering your risk of heart disease. Vaccariello says clipping a Walk4Life pedometers to your shoe can help keep tabs on your progress.
The pedometer is available at Walk4Life.com, $23.
The Denise Austin stability ball is electric blue and covered with nodules, that massage the back while working out. The stability ball also comes with a training video.
The Denise Austin stability ball is available at Terrastar.net, about $20.