We all want to be healthy and stay healthy! But it does take some planning and coordination to include fitness in your daily routine. So here’s are some of my fitness essentials to help you stay on track with your fitness regimen.
1. A fitness plan
Whether you’re going to the gym every day, a yoga class every other day, or alternating running and cycling, you MUST have a plan! Not having one often leads to procrastination and ending up doing nothing, so my advice is to plan your schedule on Sunday and make sure you know what you’re doing as far as fitness for the week.
2. The right tools
- Yoga Mat – pretty standard even if you’re not doing yoga, but when you’re doing any type of floor exercises
- Weights, kettle Bell, jump rope, resistance band
- Towel – for after-workout sweatiness
- Toiletries – deodorant, dry shampoo, face wipes, whatever you need after a workout
3. An awesome outfit or four
When you look good, you feel good! When you’re working out, you want to be wearing clothes that you like and look good in. If you’re working out at a gym or doing fitness classes, you’re going to see yourself in the mirror and you want to be able to like what you’re looking at.
4. The right pair of shoes
Everyone can use a good pair of trainers, but make sure you have the right shoes for every type of activity. If you’re a hiker, invest in a good pair of boots. If you play tennis or soccer, buy athletic shoes specifically for the sport. It’s okay to start out with regular shoes, but if it looks like you’re going to stick it out for over a month – go ahead and go shoe shopping!
5. An effective hydration system
We all know that it’s important to drink water, so make sure you always have it with you! Keep a refillable water bottle in the car and/or at your work. For hikers, it’s important to invest in a hydration system and I always like to carry a minimum of 3 liters.
Don’t forget about electrolytes! While water is great, you’re losing electrolytes when you sweat. I like to drink Propel water when I work out. It’s the only water with enough electrolytes to put back what you lose in sweat.
6. A good amount of #fitspo
Like anything you do, it’s best to have someone to look up to! It can be a mentor, a coach, trainer, or even Instagram accounts that will help motivate your fitness journey. Here are some of my faves:
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We have all been hurt or wrong by another. It can be a small issue between loved ones that snowballed with no reason or unspoken feelings of discontent that built up and exploded. Or it can be traumatic events, harmful actions or more grievous situations. But if you have a place of irresolution in your heart it is harming you. Whenever you “blame” someone, you cast yourself as a victim who is therefore bound to your persecutor. With the power of forgiveness you can be free of it all. If you cringe a little inside when a certain person’s name comes up, then you have the seed of bitterness. If you get triggered just from thinking of a certain event then you have some unforgiveness. These seeds of suffering really only harm us. The person can be on the other side of the world doing their thing without any awareness that you are silently suffering. Yogis are not immune from this despite our peace, love and happiness philosophy. Being a yogi doesn’t mean that you’re perfect. It means, instead, that you are willing to use every single thing in your life to better yourself, to grow your heart and to reach for wisdom. I realized over the weekend that I was harboring unforgiveness towards someone. My feelings had been hurt and I never fully processed, released and resolved those feelings. It was a sore spot for me. But then, after talking the whole thing through, it just hit me. And then forgiveness settled in and lifted a weight lifted off my heart. In order to forgive I needed first to realize that I was holding onto the seed of unforgiveness. You can’t force forgiveness, but the start of the journey comes from the realization that you are holding onto negativity in your own heart. This week’s #YogiAssignment is Forgiveness. Defined in Sanskrit as Kshama, forgiveness is an intentional and voluntary process to release feelings of negativity and reclaim compassion and generosity. 1. Recognize any seeds of unforgiveness or bitterness in your heart. 2. Ask for those seeds to be removed. 3. Forgive in three stages: forgive yourself, forgive the other person, ask for forgiveness #ibelieveinlove 💗 Photo by @ifilmyoga
This post is sponsored by Propel, all opinions are my own.
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