Believe it or not, I’m actually quite an excersize-y person. If you’d told me that 3 years ago, maybe even two years ago, I’d have died of laughter.
See, I’ve never been a sporty person purely because I don’t like ball games or any games that involve things flying towards your face. However, over the last couple of years I’ve become quite heavily into rowing, particularly in the last year. I now train at least 11 hours a week on a ‘light’ week so it’s a big step up from no hours a week of exercise if I could help it a few years ago!
So now, I even go to the gym! Not as much as I’d like to but a minimum of once a week and in a collab with Lauryn from ‘Life of a Blonde’ today, I wanted to share my top 5 items/things I need in the gym. They’re quite ‘generic ‘ items but I guess there are only so many things you can take to the gym!
I quite often just wear my old, baggy tops to the gym just because I’m quite limited with my choice as I really need to expand my workout wardrobe. However for Christmas, my cousin got me this top from USA Pro and it’s been what I’ve been wearing a lot recently. Although I’m not very comfortable with my body, I find that wearing non-sports tops, while OK, does tend to leave everything soaking in sweat (lovely…).
I’ve got through so many pairs of leggings as I always seem to manage to rip them at the seams… At the moment I own these Karrimor full length leggings as they were cheap and I was in a rush! They’re quite thin but not see-through and they do the job. However, on my wishlist are some Gymshark leggings (maybe these ones) or some new Nike leggings. For me, I prefer leggings just because, as I mentioned above, I’m not very keen on my body so shorts show off a bit too much for my liking however I do own a pair of Nike cycling shorts for the very hot days!
An Idea of What To Do.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I have so many plans of what I’d like to do in the gym but when I actually turn up at the gym, I lose all motivation to do anything, end up doing a bit of nothing and then leave. It helps if I have my plans for that gym session written down and I have 2 main sources of inspiration for this.
1. Pinterest. IT IS GREAT. There is so many workout there all of which are tested and tried. This is my first port of call for ideas followed by
2. Sworkit. I use this app all the time and the good news is, it’s free. I have the general one rather then the specialised ones. There is a paid upgrade but from all the research I’ve done, it doesn’t seem to bring anything extra… It also has stretching routines and yoga if that’s what you want to do. The only downside to the app is that every exercise has a weird name and that normally ends up making me laugh!!
I ALWAYS forget my water when I go to the gym but I find I’m more likely to remember in an actual reusable water bottle rather than a plastic bottle I buy and throw away. I personally love S’well water bottles for 2 reasons. 1. They’re so pretty. I would happily buy every single water bottle they own. Also 2. they donate a huge amount of money per sale to UNICEF and WaterAid. I love finding products that give something to people in need with every sale.
Snacks for after.
I don’t always take snacks but I love food so therefore I normally do but I try to avoid Chocolate. Even if I eat something just as unhealthy, I still feel proud that I didn’t immediately eat the calories again in Chocolate even if I did eat them in something else. (Does that make any sense??) I eat these ‘Stoat’ cereal bars and they seem healthy. They even contain seeds and that means they HAVE to be good for me! My favourite flavours are the ‘Apple & Cinammon’ ones and the ‘Raspberry and Honey’ ones. Yum!!
I hope you enjoyed getting an insight into my gym bag and do let me know if you’d like more exercise themed posts in the next few months.
Question do you pronounce Nike: Niyke or Niykee?? (don’t know if you get what I’m saying but I’m very curious if you do understand!!
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