Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fitness Files #1

Fitness Files 1
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I'm starting a new series today, aptly named "Fitness Files" as I've been going to the gym pretty consistently for about 3 months now, and in the biggest twist of fate ever, I love it! I'll go more into my workout routine in a later post, but today I thought I'd share my current favorite workout wear, protein, gear, etc in case you guys are trying to make the change to a healthier lifestyle too! Obviously I'm no expert, but here are a few bits that have worked for me...

Wearing
I'm LOVING the selection at Old Navy and Gap right now. I never thought I'd look to those brands and stray from my tried and true Nike, but I'm seriously impressed. I have about 6 sports bras from both and love all of them. I like that you can choose between high and low impact and they come in lots of cute patterns and colors too.  
My favorite workout tops are the racer back dry fit tanks from Old Navy. I knew I liked that style because I already had a similar, but more expensive Nike one, and I love these just as much. They are so light and flowy and work well for running, tennis, weights, etc. 
I ended up purchasing the Nike Lunar Glide 6's after researching tons, but now they only sell the 7 and 8's in stores. I am so impressed with the comfort and lightness of them, because they look like tankers compared to my Free Run 5.0's. I kept having pains in my knees and ankles after playing racquetball/tennis/running, etc in my Free Runs and the support in these is just SO much better. I really like the ankle support, because as mentioned, I play tennis 2-3 times a week and really REALLY do not want to roll or sprain and ankle.
All through high school and college I wore the Nike Tempo shorts, as I'm sure everyone did. One of mine finally shredded in the wash after about 4 years and I had to stock up on a few more. I love the cut of the Modern Tempo's, but it's still the same old material and comfort of the oldies but goodies...no complaints here.

Lifting
I really wanted kettle bells to work out with on days I can't make it to the gym and this set is great because you get three weights, which means you have endless options. Price wise, they run about the same price as 1 1/2 single kettle bells, so basically you get twice the product for the same price as other brands. I really think the options are endless with these, and I love that I can use the 15 with my legs, 5 and 10 with my arms, and do squats with increasing weight, and not be limited to just one weight. 

 Drinking
NEVER did I think I'd be a person who drank protein shakes. I mean, no way. But, I read up on the brand Ideal Fit, was really impressed with their ingredients and their flavors, and thought, "Hey, I'll try it." So far, it doesn't taste as much like a milkshake as I'd hoped, but it does as it should and it's definitely bearable, not to mention serves as a good base to mix in fruit, peanut butter, almond milk, etc. 

So that's it! It's definitely been a process, learning what exercises and brands work for me, figuring out a routine, cooking and eating better, etc, but I'm so glad I'm making changes and actually enjoying them! Looking forward to the next FF when I'll tell you all about my workout routine!
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