Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated to workout, but I find it’s easier when you love what you’re doing, and have the right gear to put your best effort into it — whatever you may be doing! I thought I would share what my fitness essentials are to get the best workout.
Heart Rate Monitor – MyZone
I use something called a MyZone heart rate monitor and I wear it for a few reasons. First, I get an accurate look at what my heart rate, and effort level is. I also find out what my calorie burn is which is useful information when you are figuring out your macros for losing weight. Mine is a chest strap that I wear under my clothes while working out, and all the data is sent to my phone when I’m finished to give me a whole breakdown of how my workout went numbers-wise. I know that WHILE I’m wearing it, I constantly check my numbers to try to stay “in the red” — basically, maximum effort so I get the most out of my 45 minute class. If I don’t hit my numbers by the end of class I stay there doing burpees until I do which could be an extra 5 minutes.
Feeling like I look good while I workout truly helps me stay motivated! I cannot workout in stuff that doesn’t fit right, or makes me self-conscious. I also like to have lots of options because I may need anywhere from 7 to 10 different workout outfits for the classes I take. I’m someone who likes my leggings/capris to feel tight and “hold me in” and my tops need to be sleeveless because I get hot and want to rip everything off if I wear anything with sleeves. My favorite leggings are the Salar from Fabletics. They have good compression, and comes in both capri (mid-calf) or full length leggings —and is 100% squat proof. I do the bendover test in every lighting possible to make sure. It’s something I’m weird about. If I think you can see my crack, I simply cannot focus, haha. My other favorite brand is D’tinas. They have super customizable workout pants (lengths, color, patterns) and I just bought myself two more pairs to add to the three I already own. These can come with a scrunch booty, which imo makes things look just a touch better back there! For sports bras, I can get away with getting the Champion ones from Target as long as they have thin straps. I love the look of Fabletics ones, but haven’t tried them yet. By the way, I don’t have a Fabletics subscription — I buy them off Poshmark at a discount because WHY pay full price when you can get them for waaay cheaper and brand new with tags! And good socks are important too. I like low socks but if they fall down in your shoe it can be super annoying. I usually buy a pack of no show Champion socks that have rubber inside the upper heel so it stays put.
Comfortable Shoes – Nike In Season 7
I recently treated myself to new shoes and I still look at them with love when I put them on. I tend to stick to Nike for training/running shoes because not only do they feel good on, they look pretty cute too. My latest pair are the In Season 7’s with a color-changing swoosh. Basically it’s slightly sparkly and shows all the colors of the rainbow depending on how the light hits them. I like that they’re super lightweight and work for both training and running.
I get super thirsty when I workout and always need to have something drink or I “feel like I’m dying” as I usually put it. I’ve been trying to get used to using a gallon container for the amount of water I drink per day, but I tend to just refill a 32oz Nalgene bottle a couple times a day. They’re super durable and won’t break if it gets tossed or dropped and can withstand lower rack dishwashing. You gotta get your water in order to feel good and have a great workout, so a water bottle that is of practical size will help get you there.
If I don’t feel sore the day after a workout, then that means I didn’t work hard enough. I’m not saying you should be in crippling pain the next day, but I should feel that stiffness when I get out of bed in the morning at least — usually it’s way more than that though. To help with muscle soreness I found this magnificent little tool called “The stick”. This slightly flexible baton looking thing rolls out muscle soreness in the best way possible. By rolling it out, you spread out the lactic acid buildup and help lessen the chance of doms (delayed onset muscle soreness). It feels SO good to use this at night time and you find unique ways to roll your own back and arms. I did used to have a foam roller, but I chose one that was too dense and hurt everytime I tried using this. The Stick is much easier for me to use and I would recommend this for anyone who has muscle soreness.
Weight lifting gloves Harbinger FlexFit Weightlifting Gloves
I noticed that after a few months of doing my bootcamp classes that I was developing calluses and my hands would really hurt during class. It felt like I was playing on the monkey bars and getting burns on my hands and I’d have to stop more to give my hands a break. It was finally time for some gloves. Gloves are great because they protect your hands from burns and calluses, and help you get a good grip on your weights, or protect you hands from the floor. I have a couple pairs of these gloves because they fit well, have some cushion, and don’t feel restricting on my hands. I can toss them in the washer/dryer at the end of the week, and they stay in good condition for about a year.
I have no idea how anyone workouts without music. Music is everything to me! It gets me pumped to workout, it keeps me on beat and helps me push through when I’m really tired. I keep playlists ready on my phone, but I also use an app called Soundcloud also. I also use an app called soundhound so if I hear a song I think I really like and don’t recognize it can listen to it for me and figure out what it is so I can buy it.
My fellow beauty bloggers have shared what their top fitness essentials are also — just hit the links below!
What things help you stay motivated with your fitness plan? Do we have an of the same things? Share in the comment section below!
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