If you are going to move your body outdoors this season, you will want to have the right “stuff”. We are not trying to sell you anything that you do not need … instead, we use Empathy Economics and Wellness Intelligence combined with our own experience to suggest items that will enhance your activity and support your workouts.
In addition to working through the list we have compiled, we also encourage you to share anything that works for you with us … we are open-minded and the more you share, the more we try, and then can share back with you again.
It’s amazing to experience the great outdoors, but essential that you are properly dressed and comfortable. We love the following items and use them ourselves (and except for the foot massage ball and tea, which are our own products, we are not paid to promote any of them).
The majority of modern shoes are full of petrochemical materials that outlast their use by thousand’s of years. The truth is that your footwear is not only having a long term negative impact on your health (by altering your natural movement), but it’s having a long term effect on the planet too. The human foot is a biomechanical masterpiece; when left to its own devices it can thrive doing everything from walking and running to jumping and dancing, but cramming into overly cushioned and supportive shoes (most sold on the market today) robs it of its natural strength and function.
Let your feet do their natural thing! Vivo (and Revivo) let your feet move the way they are supposed to move. All Vivobarefoot footwear is designed to be Wide, Thin and Flexible. The entire line has all the protection of normal shoes, yet all the health benefits of going barefoot. Just by wearing them, you will strengthen the muscles in your feet, realign your posture, stimulate sensory perception (and get compliments). Vivo launched ReVivo.com this year, their site that reconditions, refurbishes and resells old Vivos with a goal to be the healthiest and most regenerative footwear on the planet. Don’t trash your feet and the planet … put on Vivobarefoot and get connected you to the world around you .. closer to nature with every step.
Fashion can be practical and also a force for good. We appreciate Patagonia’s leadership, innovation and commitment to doing better for us and for our shared planet. Their outerwear and activewear is sustainable, functional, and built to last … they actively invest in making our planet a better place. You will also like United by Blue’s ethical clothing … for every product purchased, they remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways.
Shop directly from these brands, or visit MEC and REI as these retailers carry a wide selection of outerwear, accessories and equipment from brands that create products that rest on function, repairability, and, durability.
Seek not only to do less harm with your purchases, but more good … Empathy Economics.
Shopping tip: United By Blue makes some of our favourite socks with hemp … they are as comfortable as they are conscious.
Once indoors post-workout, treat yourself well … the following are all “Akira Approved” items that we appreciate when it comes to Intelligent Self-Care.
Foot Massage Ball A great way to give yourself a foot massage!
Saunaray Infrared Sauna We endorse this brand because we use it ourselves (and have for years) … every unit is hand crafted in a toxin-free factory in Collingwood, Canada. SaunaRay saunas are free from formaldehyde, toxic glues, chemical fire retardants, plastic and fibre glass heaters. Warm yourself up, detox, improve your circulation and feel great.
Spoonk Organic Hemp Mat This works on the simple principles of acupressure and the healing art known as the Shiatsu massage. By stimulating increased circulation with the mats’ 6,210 acupressure points on problematic areas, you can relieve muscle tension and pain, while rejuvenating and rebalancing your whole body.
UnMeditation UnMeditation, The Akira Concept’s variation of traditional meditation, un-complicates pre-conceived notions about breath and stillness. When you arrive back indoors after working outdoors and believe you don’t have the time for this or can’t still your mind, UnMeditation is designed to support you. Learn with us in our Discover UnMediation Learning Lab and practice with us in our Self Care Studio.
Thermaphore Heating Pad Produces intense moist heat without adding water … it can feel great to heat up any sore, aching muscles and joints … super comforting!
Hot Recovery Hydration
Hydration is critical for life … and when working out, it’s essential for quick recovery … when outdoors in the colder weather, count on the following to warm you back up.
Chocosol’s Drinking Chocolate This is no ordinary hot chocolate … think rich, melted chocolate bar in your mug.
Root Rescue Wellness Shots This “beyond organic” brand claims their shots give delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) the boot, decrease recovery time, improve performance, and pumps up your immunity. We love the taste of the “Elite Beet” in a cup of hot water.
Tru North Chaga A Canadian grown adaptogen! Chaga mushroom tea (made from their powder or chunks) will warm you up, boost your immune system and help you to relax and recover … it’s that versatile.
Live Mineral Broth Made with over 20 certified organic, plant-powered ingredients, this nutrient-dense savoury hot broth will warm you up and is good for your gut.
Ritual Teas These functional organic teas were formulated between Lemon Lily and The Akira Concept to support and optimize physical and mental health. “Ritual: Up” and “Ritual: Down” are intended to support new holistic habits and healthful rituals, while replacing artificial energy enhancers and relaxers with something entirely natural, organic, fairly-traded, and of course, effective.
Mama Moonshine Elixirs Revitalizing, fresh organic turmeric and ginger based elixirs bottled in glass in concentrated formulas … keep in your fridge and enjoy a delicious, nourishing, straight-from-a-shot-glass or pour-over hot water to fuel your body and soul.
Addictive Wellness Elixir Blends Four flavours of sugar-free, vegan, keto superherb elixirs that come in individual packets containing 3250+mg of pure and potent adaptogenic herbs for beauty, brains, and energy. A decadent and nourishing beverage when mixed with hot water or your favourite milk.
Reminder: If it’s dark when you exercise outside, wear reflective clothing, and if the sun is out make sure you wear sunscreen. To stay steady on your feet, choose footwear with enough traction to prevent falls, especially if it’s icy or snowy.
For all the challenges we face, nature has a solution … get outside and move!