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If somebody told me six years ago that I’d be a gym rat, I would flat out laugh in their face. I used to be “allergic” to working out or even running on a trail. Anything that involved physical fitness, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong, I used to be a dancer but that was more “art” for me and the physical training just seemed more of a requirement to improve my expression of that art form. Fast forward to now when you can find me in the gym almost every day. I feel like my life was completely turned upside down after having a kid, but that’s no entirely a bad thing. Metabolism has slowed down, all of a sudden you had fifty things on your plate all at once– it’s chaos. It turns out that the only thing that could keep me sane is having an hour and a half a day all to myself as my kid goes to the gym daycare. It also helped feeling physically better after every session. Some days are harder than others, but here are a few ways on how I gear up for the gym to keep myself motivated:
1. Activity Tracker
This activity tracker has definitely helped me get up and get moving. My friends set up challenges weekly for some friendly competition, which pushes me to get more physical activity overall! This tracker even lets me know my sleep patterns and how many hours of the day I’ve been active.
2. SToK™ Coffee
I constantly have this in my fridge. I’m forever an iced coffee type of person no matter the climate outside. I’ve tried majority of the cold brew coffee available at grocery stores, but SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee is BY FAR my favorite! I’ve even poured some for friends that have come over and they still keep telling me how good it was and where to get it. I’ve only been able to find it at Kroger, which is perfect because I’m there about twice a week anyway for groceries and snacks!
I like to drink this in the morning and 30 minutes before a workout. It gives me a good energy boost and helps me push for that extra couple of reps at the gym. I also bring some snacks with me (I like the Simple Truth organic bars from Kroger) so I don’t get sluggish.
3. The Right Shoes
These are my new favorite pair of shoes to work out in! They’re flexible, comfortable, has the perfect cushion to it for impact, and white easily goes with everything. I’ve had running shoes that didn’t fit well, which was really discouraging when trying to go for a run or even getting on the elliptical. But comfortable shoes that make you feel like you’re walking on air instantly makes things easier!
4. Motivational Playlist
Motivation is subjective, but any song that helps you get up and moving should be on your playlist. For me, that’s usually hip hop music and rap. On days when I forget my earphones, I find myself cutting my workout short. It just helps you forget that you’ve been running for the past 20 minutes!
5. Comfortable Clothes
Since I’m in love with fashion, clothes can also be part of my motivation. I try to pick up workout clothes that I find cute, so that I get excited to wear them, which then would mean that I have to go to the gym to sport them. Pretty clever, huh?