My Work Out Must Haves

It’s February which means I’m finally making progress in my work out goals for the new year.  Am I a little behind schedule?  Yes, slightly, but I usually don’t really get my workout mojo back until mid-January anyway.  Last year I didn’t get it back until late March so technically I’m ahead this year.  🙂

It’s been a little easier getting back into the groove this time and I’m not sure why.  It could be because I refuse to punish myself by doing things I don’t love (see this post for more on that).  Or it could be because I got some new workout clothes and shoes that have made it a lot more enjoyable!  Seriously, that helps my motivation far more than anything else I’ve tried.  I use new workout gear as both a motivator and a reward for hard work.  Here are three of my workout must haves that keep me going.

1.  Bright and happy shoes!

I’ve been a big fan of brightly colored running shoes since they first came out.  My sweet son got me this pair of Nike Roshe Run for my birthday.  Roshes (as the teens call them) seem to be having a moment right now.  I just like how they look and especially how they feel on my feet.  They’re super lightweight yet give me lots of cushioning.

[Nike Roshe Run]

2.  Printed pants and fun outfits


[Capri Pants and Sweatshirt – TJ Maxx]


[Yoga Pants, Tank and Long Cardigan – Fabletics]

My favorite places to shop for yoga pants, tanks and tops is Fabletics.  Everything I’m wearing in the second outfit is Fabletics.  Their stuff is extremely well-made (NO thin yoga pants, yay!) and durable.  I’ve washed my yoga tanks a million times and they are still great.  I also love the long tail on them that doesn’t ride up.  My second favorite places for workout gear is TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.  They both carry the RBX brand which fits me really well and comes in bright colors and fun patterns.

3.  My Fitbit Flex

I didn’t think I needed an activity tracker…until I got one.  Warning:  Counting steps can become addictive!  Since I work out four times a week, I really thought I was doing enough.  The fact is, the rest of the week I spent firmly planted on my behind!  My Fitbit Flex made this very clear to me.  I like that it tracks my steps and activity because it encourages me to get off my duff and do something.  Now instead of staying at my desk, I walk around the house when I’m on the phone.  I also love the ease of using the calorie counting feature on the Fitbit app for my iPhone.


[Fitbit Flex]

If you already have a Fitbit Flex and need a new bracelet for your tracker, I highly recommend this 7 piece set.  Now I can change my bracelet to match my workout outfits every day!  (Note:  These are the bracelets only, you will need to purchase the tracker separately.)

[Set of 7 Fitbit Flex Bracelets]

It’s Your Turn:  What helps with your workout motivation?  What are your work out must haves?  Share them with me in the comments!


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