What To Pack in your Gym Bag

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If you’ve been keeping up with your fitness new year’s resolution, well… CONGRATULATIONS!! You are still on track to a healthier you! But if you are still getting started, you might need to know some essentials to make sure you come in the gym for different types of workouts.


First things first(I’m the realest), I stuff all my gym gear, big or small in my trusty Printed green canvas shoulder bag(which I don’t have a link to), but this is a similar one, link here!I like the whole zipper-less design to make it more versatile when I need to throw in a yoga mat or anything that can’t exactly fit in a closed bag.

Aside from taking with me a pair of rubber shoes like my Nike Zoom Pegasus sneaks, I make sure I throw in my long time favorite deodorant, the Lady Speed Stick. It has been tried and tested, its really the best!

The two things that I constantly bring in my bag even if I am not so sure if i’ll be using it are the Nike Training Gloves and my Nike Arm Band. The gloves come in handy when I do things like TRX, crossfit or basically things that have been holding a bunch of equipment. While the Arm Band comes to great use when I go on jogs because I always prefer taking my phone with me just incase! 

DSC00289When it comes to gym attire, I am not too picky when it comes to the actual apparel thats why I just like wearing my usual H&M Yoga Leggings and Sports Top. But when it comes to “support” I always like to make sure that I wear a high impact bra to keep the ladies up there!, my fave is the Nike Sports Bra (High Impact).

I don’t know if its just me, but I hate bringing huge water jugs to the gym. I see no point in bringing a 1.5L jug when you can easily fill it up at the gym if ever you run out anyway?! My 20 Oz Klean Kanteen is the best water jug I have ever had to date. It is so versatile!!! It keeps your drink iced for more than 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 8 hours. This is such a great investment! I already have two!

I am not much of a social person at the gym. I tend to focus on what I have to accomplish on that day then leave when I have finished it. To help me zone out all the overheard chitchat, I put on my Urbanears Humlan Headphones. I finally traded in my in-ear earphones for headphones because its less straining on my ears(because I also use these during my 9 hour work days), plus they are washable!

The last two things that I never fail to bring are a Generic Face Towel to wipe off all that sweat from spinning and my fave(only) fragrance, Gotas De Oro Perfume to hide my body odor after the gym!

***I know A LOT of my things are from Nike but this post is in NO WAY sponsored by them. LOL! I wish it was though!!(srsly though… Nike, my contact info is on my blog) I have a Nike depot close by so that has always been my go-to active wear store.


**All photos and video were taken with a Sony A6000**

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How To Get Out Most Of Your Fitbit

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I feel like everyone has a Fitbit now! The mobile app is one of the most downloaded apps in the app store at the moment, which just shows how functional and tech friendly the app is. It is also perfect to help you keep track of your fitness goals and just life(food and water intake too!) in general.

If you have joined the Fitbit bandwagon or waiting to receive one for your birthday in the coming months. So here is to the rest of 2017(3/4th), and with our Fitbits to help us become healthier versions of ourselves.

My first Fitbit was the classic Fitbit Flex, but now that I have the Fitbit Charge to help me track my workouts more accurately(plus it has more features!) 


Set Up Mobile Track

This really helps when you leave your Fitbit by the shower or in charge, you can still track your progress on your phone int he meantime. Its not exactly the same but its better than no progress at all!

Turn Off All-Day Sync

The “All Day Sync” forces your Fitbit to be constantly in sync with your phone, which of course can be a good thing but it isn’t really every necessary. By turning it off saves loads of battery life. I remember one time my fit bit kept dying (I had to charge it once a day)because of this automatic feature but you can always turn it off. You can manually sync your progress everyday(hassle free). To turn this off, go to Account>Device>All Day Sync Button.

Use The Dominant Hand Setting

If your Fitbit to be calculating your steps incorrectly, try putting it on your more dominant hand, which you can find in the dashboard under wrist. I personally prefer using my non dominant hand because its less annoying when I do day to day things(like writing and typing on my computer).

Customize Your Dashboard

You might be surprised by how much the Fitbit keeps track off in your day to day movements(like your heartbeat, km walked, flights of stairs climbed and more). But there are definitely some that you care more about than others. You can customize your dashboard by pressing on the ‘Edit’ button on the bottom of the dashboard. Once that’s all sorted, you are one step closer to your #FitnessGoals!


**All photos and video were taken with a Sony A6000**

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March Favorites | Moments

 

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This month will be a bit different from the usual beauty and skin care inspired monthly faves post. If you read one of my previous blog posts in December 2016(link here!), I mentioned that one of my fitness goals was to complete a 21K by this year.

Since about almost a year ago, I have been slowly progressing my workout stamina from long walks, slow runs and running through pacing. Last March 19, I joined a 12K race with my long time friend and running expert, Mabel. Prior to the race, I have never trained for a 12k, only the weekend before, I ran a 10k and started cramping at the end. So I really didn’t expect on doing the way I did.

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Long story short, I expected to finish 12k in 2 hours, which would a lot me about 10 minutes per kilometer. But to my amazement, I finished in 1 hour and 40 minutes at a pace of 7’59” pace, which to me is quite good considering my circumstances the week before. 

TBH, I tried my best not to get too emotional at the start and end of the race because (I am such a cry baby) it was sort of a little milestone for me. I started this ‘journey’ last May 2016 with non existent stamina, fitness down the drain and zero confidence in myself. And look what less than a year of lifestyle change can do and surrounding yourself with positive people can do?!

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It just shows that with an unending determination, you can achieve anything you put your heart to. 

I don’t exactly have any intention of being a triathlete or anything. Its just me setting personal goals for myself to keep me moving for a healthier life and not comparing myself to others(made a post about that too, link here!) because my progress is my progress.

In the wise words of my fave lifestyle blogger, Estee Lalonde, I am just trying to be my #PersonalBest !!


**All photos and video were taken with a Sony A6000**

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