My Wellness Journey: The Importance of Proper Workout Gear [that I love!!]

Nick and I have been committed gym goers for the past 4 months. He receives membership deals to Goodlife Fitness Centres through his work, and somehow he managed to talk me into signing up for a gym membership for myself.

Now, I have never been an avid attendee of my local workout centre before this membership. I went sporadically during graduate school with my roommate, but that died out as soon as heavy essay season hit. The few times I did go, I just hopped on a bike because that was the only thing I really knew how to do, anyways.

Nick has had a personal trainer, plays pick-up badminton on Thursday evenings, and makes a point of going to the gym after work on the evenings he and I don't have plans. He's not crazy into fitness, but he has done well to keep himself healthy. I've learned that I need to do the same.

Four months in, I am finding that there are real results beginning to show. I have more energy. The fitness routine I am doing means that I need to eat much healthier than I have been. And while my weight isn't changing substantially, I am building muscle in the places where the non-muscle used to be.

Besides having a proper routine, correct posture when lifting weights and doing squats, and having lots of water, going to the gym requires a commitment to proper training shoes (which are different than running shoes) and proper gym wear.

Going to the gym doesn't mean you have to wear tights and oversized t-shirts. Wear something that allows movement, properly absorbs moisture, gives you adequate support, and makes you feel good!

Here's some things you need to know before shopping for your stylish and sweat absorbing workout gear:

1) Invest in one great pair of trainers and one great pair of runners.

While brand is important (you want to invest in something that specializes in sports), it isn't the most important thing. If you are starting out with a routine that incorporates both weight training and cardio you'll need two separate pairs of shoes. Trainers are for weight training, runners are for cardio training. There is a substantial difference in the way the shoes are structured and thus offer your feet support in different places. Always find a shoe that allows your foot to move but rest flat for lifting weights, and find one that gives enough support in the arch of your foot when pursuing running or biking. These cardio activities are hard on your joints and your feet will ache if you wear the incorrect type of footwear while doing them.

2) LADIES: Properly fitting athletic bra is key!

This sounds like a no brainer, right? But you'd be surprised at how different every sports bra fits. When shopping, take in one of every brand and style - it's the only way to find out what is right for you. I tried on sports bras by Adidas, Champion, UnderArmour, Roxy, and Reebok before settling on this Nike bra. I decided on this one for two reasons. One: It was cute and comfortable and held the ladies where they needed to be; and Two: It passed the running on the spot test.

The running on the spot test is a simple test you can do in the change room. If a sports bra properly supports you, you will be able to comfortably run on the spot for a twenty seconds or so without feeling discomfort in the way the girls move (ideally, they don't move much). If it passes, you have a good bra.

3) Buy a water bottle that makes you WANT to drink water.

If you're human, you need water. Find a water bottle you love and keep hydrated. I often put lemon slices in my water to give my immune system a burst and to bring up energy levels. There are so many cute and stylish bottles on the market that it shouldn't be hard to find one you love.

4) You need to find comfortable, higher waisted, and moisture absorbent bottoms.

The reality is that when you're at the gym you're going to sweat and you're going to be grossed out by it. You'll probably sweat in some places that you aren't proud of. Purchase high-waisted cotton-spandex work-out or yoga specific bottoms to lift, run, bike, or row in. They don't need to be skin tight, but they should be snug enough that you can see how your muscles are working and if your posture is proper. I have Adidas yoga capris, UnderArmour biker length spandex and these DIAdry workout shorts - all of which I love. 

Regardless of what brands you wear or what you do when you're at the gym, find gear that works for you and makes you feel like a million bucks. I promise, it'll help motivate you to keep going to the gym! 

bottoms // SportChek, similar here
tank // Adidas, purchased at Winners
athletic bra // Nike, similar here
training shoes // Asics, found here
water bottle // Joe Fresh

Thanks for stopping in. Let me know if you want more info on any of these! I'm hoping to take you through my wellness experience this upcoming year. I'll talk workouts, recipes, challenges, and expectations. Stay tuned! 

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  1. Having a water bottle that makes you want to drink is SO important! I used to have one of those camel back water bottles - obsessed...I should really actually pick another one up

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

    1. I think that we constantly underestimate how important it is to invest in things that make us want to make healthy choices. I love drinking water from a bottle that expresses my personality a little. It's all in the whimsy.



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