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As a fitness, Fitbit and flatlay fan I thought I’d share the top things I reach for when it comes working out. I initially wrote this piece whilst working on my blog collaboration with Fitbit Australia – writing my Little Bit of Fit blog. I liked it so much, and received so much great feedback on it, I thought I’d elaborate on the details and post it as a mini blog update 🙂
I hit the gym for Body Combat and Pump 3-4 times a week, with a Yoga/Pilates session thrown in for good measure and a coastal run/hike if I find the time. Having the right kit with me makes working out so much more fun – and, okay bearable for those days when you’re lacking in motivation.
1. Science In Sport GO Electrolyte
Feeling a little tired but really need a work out? I swear by this stuff – just half a sachet dissolved into your water bottle really gives your energy and fitness levels a boost! It’s also a amazing hangover cure. Yes, I actually really enjoy working out if I have a grumpy hangover – I find it to be the best cure!
So in love with my Beats headphones. They’re the best in the winter as they keep your earlugs cosy too! My latest beats are Beyonce’s Lemonade and Drake’s Views. My definitive work-out and fitness albums have got to be any Ministry of Sound Running Trax and always, always Triple J’s Hottest 100. How did I cope without knowing about Triple J in Britain?!
3. Water Bottle
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The best exercise advise I can give. Even if you’re running out of your class to pee halfway through (guilty!), being hydrated is way better than starving your body of fluids. I love the Camelbak water bottles – they took a bit of getting used to at first, but I find them to be the most hygienic (using Q-tips to clean out the squishy nozzles once a week) and less likely to leak – yes, we’ve all been there, grrr. I love the Lorna Jane fitness slogan bottles and have three which I rotate between at the gym, home and work.
4. Neon pieces
I love working out in bright, layered colours. It helps to lift my mood and motivation. I’ve always loved to layer anyway, but especially when working out as you can easily react to your body temperature. I totally adore this hot pink cotton boyfriend tank from Running Bare. I think maybe just two of my zillion sports bras are plain black, the rest are crazy bright and patterned – and look super cute peeking out of your workout tank or vest. My work-out tops actually tend to be a little more plain, but still in bright and block colours – with shorts and tights off the hook with wild patterns and neons.
5. Lorna Jane Mercury Tights
I’m a hopeless fan of Lorna Jane and just obsessed with these beauties from the A/W 2016 collection. I actually bought them for Yoga, but have been using them for beach runs in this chilly Winter, as they’re just so darn cosy and comfy! When it comes to Combat though, I have to wear shorts – I sweat too much otherwise! It has to be baltic for me to rock up to a class in tights.
6. Fitbit Alta
My favourite work-out buddy. I love seeing how many steps I’ve taken, how many active minutes I’ve recorded and setting myself exercise goals. It’s also a great way to keep track of how much you’ve drank – and how well you’ve slept after a monster work-out!
7. Nike Runners
These Air Zoom’s were a recent purchase from Foot Locker. I try to switch up my runners once every six months – and always rotate between styles to literally keep myself on my toes and not too dependant and comfortable with one set style/fit. I’ve suffered with Shin Splints in the past and they really are horrible. I’ve found that by rotating between runner styles and investing in footwear suitable for my high arches, running and gym class training and workouts, I’ve kissed goodbye to shin aches and pains once and for all.
I love to hydrate with one of these post-workout, when my body needs fluids more than ever. The Mango & Orange tablets are my fave flavour – and they taste awesome mixed into a fruit smoothie too… Like a little injection of goodness into the soul!
What are your work-out essentials?