1/29/2020 0 Comments
I worked 9-5 as a fundraiser for a few nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest. In a nutshell, I met with donors and shared the needs of the company. For example, if a shelter needed more beds for their guests or a hospital wanted to throw a party for their children’s ward. It was so fun- I met some incredible people who earnestly wanted to help those in need. Through this job I learned the importance of relationships and connection but the reality was that I was sitting for hours at a time (with no time to workout), not focusing on my nutrition and generally unhappy.
I ended up quitting when my daughter was experiencing some pretty strong anxiety and fear of the big bad wolf (long story). She needed her mama so I quit. You get it.
After a few months off I got antsy and I needed something for myself. I had mentioned to my husband earlier in the year if I could start my career path again I would’ve gotten my job in fitness and taught workout classes. I missed those relationships and connection that my job had brought me.
This is where it all happens Mama. Opportunity came!
As a fitness instructor, I get asked a lot about what is in my gym bag. I definitely believe that there are specific things that you need to help you be successful at the gym. Whether you are a beginner or a complete expert, here are some gym tools that will help you get the most out of your time at the gym.
Disclosure: Us Mama's are busy and we have the gift of home delivery, so for your convenience I have included some links of my favorite things from Amazon. I may receive some commissions for any purchases that you make through those links, making it possible for me to give you more tips to be a healthy and happy mama. Thank you for your support!
Here are my gym bag essentials:
First things first, you need a good gym bag with lots of space with a spot for shoes, if you can manage it. This bag is great and comes in neutral colors as well as an adorable pink or purple (which are always my preference).
Water is essential when it comes to our health. Literally. Every single part of our bodies cannot function without it. So grab that water bottle and don't leave home without it!
I love these shoes when it comes to living that fit mom life. Theres something transformative about getting to the gym and changing into these Nikes especially. They carry incredible support for your feet and ankles so you can run on the treadmill or lift weights with the stability your muscles and joints need to be successful.
Gods gift to Mama's everywhere. Headphones like these will help play the music to get you in the right headspace without any wires to get in your way. Trust me, they are worth it.
This one doesn't need a lot of explanation. If you are trying to get in a quick workout before preschool pickup, this product is perfect for us busy mamas.
I always have these Planters mixed nuts in my bag. They are a perfect energy boost before or after a workout to get you to the next thing that Mom life demands. Packed with protein and good fats, this is definitely a snack one of those things that you didn't know that you needed, until you need them.
Nuun Hydration Tablets
These things are great! They are filled with electrolytes and help you rehydrate after a good sweat. Which is so important, especially for a nursing mama. You just take a tablet and drop it into your water bottle. You won't regret it!
Tell me Mama's Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!