My favorite things: Gym gear

It’s only been a month and a half since New Years but I think a lot of people have ditched their resolutions. Overall, I feel like I’ve been doing pretty good at keeping on track with my plans to keep my resolutions going strong. Or at least I was until we went on vacation at the end of January, which derailed my clean eating and work out routine and I’ve been having a hard time getting back into it.

Well this week I’m getting back on track and finally starting to train for the 8K I’m running in mid-March. I thought what better way to help me get back into the workout mindset then talk about my favorite gym gear and workout must haves.

What will you find in my gym bag?

Gym bag
Well let’s start with my gym bag. I love my Nike gym bag, with seperate storage for shoes and clothes (so your clothes don’t smell like sweaty gym socks before you’ve hit the gym), plus several different pockets and compartments to stash all my stuff. It’s a little decieving as it doesn’t look that big but it actually can hold quite a bit. I also like that it looks more feminine than an ordinary duffel bag. This bag has been discontinued but it’s pretty similar to the Nike C72 Legend 2.0.

Water bottle
A water bottle is a must for workouts, whether you’re strength training, taking a spin class or relaxing with some yoga. I love this Rubbermaid water bottle because it’s easy to open and there is no straw to collect germs, which makes it easy to clean.

Headphones
I personally can’t work out without music (or watching Gossip Girls on Netflix), which means headphones are a must. I love these gold headphones by Happy Plugs my husband gave me (note these are not the 14K gold ones, but those are available on their website if that’s in your budget). There is no reason why you can’t be glam while working out right?!?

Running belt
I’ve already talked about my running belt but I also like to use it when lifting weights at the gym. It neatly holds my phone without restricting my movements, unlike those iPod/iPhone holders that you wear on your bicep that restrict your arm motion.

Face wipes
My skin is really acne prone (you’d think I would have grown out of that by now) so I like to wipe down my face as soon as I’m done working out (before I make the 10 minute drive home). I love these Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit cleansing wipes. They smell great and really get rid of the sweat, grime and makeup on my face, leaving me feel (somewhat) fresh faced.

Sweat bands
I sweat more than the average person (sorry TMI) so sweat bands come in handy when doing cardio. I really like these Nike sweat bands because they’re soft and not scratchy. I also usually keep a towel with me to make sure I’m not grossly dripping sweat all over the treadmill or elliptical.

Not a fan of the gym (or no time for the gym)? Give one of these quick at home workouts a shot. Or try running with these 10 tips to get started. Check out my Working It Out board on Pinterest for more workout inspiration.

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What are your must haves for the gym or working out?

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