I was recently asked what my absolute must-haves are when it comes to working out – what items I can absolutely not live without when it comes to exercising.
This girl needs to stay hydrated. I usually go through a couple of bottles of water when I’m at the gym. I’m constantly guzzling because I’m sweating so much (it’s super hot at my gym) and I’m always trying to quench my thirst and dry mouth. I try not to drink too much at once to avoid stomach aches, but when I’m at the gym I’m usually there for a while and going all out and water is definitely a game changer.
I cannot stand being hot when I am exercising. I find that if I am overheating I am not crushing my workouts and just feel gross. I tend to run hot when I exercise, so I like to ensure that I am being cooled down efficiently. So, in addition to replenishing my water intake, I also like to ensure that I can keep cool – either with multiple fans, open windows, or air conditioning. If I’m at the gym then I usually hog the oscillating fan(s) and also make sure the overhead fans are so (I’m nagging for air conditioning). If I’m working out at home I usually have the windows open or the AC on (if it’s summertime). And if I’m teaching a class I take advantage of what’s available (inside = fans or AC / outside = shade and hopefully a slight breeze).
I 100% need my iPod when I’m working out, especially if I’m running. The right song can keep me going. (My song of choice for my run lately has been Anyway You Want It by Journey.) When I ran my first 10k a few years ago I ran along to Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen on repeat. It kept my perfect pace. If I’m strength training I will put on a random play list and let the iPod work its magic.
This includes hair ties, headbands, hats, and bobby pins. I have naturally curly hair and a whole heckuva lot of it and it is constantly in my face. It is my second biggest peeve when I’m working out – right behind being hot. I can’t stand little fly-away hairs in my face so I try to make sure I have what’s necessary to keeping my Wookie-do out of my eyes.
I totally had buyer’s remorse when I first purchased my FitBit, but now I am addicted to it. I love being able to track my steps, my distances, and my heart rate when I’m working out. I picked up the HR Charge specifically to keep track of my heart rate. Since I have a heart condition, I figured it would be interesting to track the pattern and BPM and anything else that would correlate. I also love the step challenges – within a group or simply on my own. I am very aware of how active I am throughout each day and honestly make more of an effort to get up and move – especially if I have been sedentary for too long.
I’m really not an app-y person when it comes to my exercise routine. I’m fairly rogue that way. I’ve downloaded apps in the past and rarely utilized them. But one great new app I’ve reviewed is Aaptiv. Aaptiv is an on-demand audio fitness app that combines the guidance of a trainer with the perfect playlist. If you are considering a fitness app as part of your routine, you should definitely check out Aaptiv.
Aside from proper footwear and a good sports bra, that about does it for my list of workout must-haves. What are some of your favorites?