January is on it’s way out and we’re looking February squarely in the face, so I have to ask: where are you with all those good intentions declared twenty days ago? If you feel a slight slacking feeling coming over you, I’ve got some inspiration and guidance coming your way, with a week’s worth of post featuring some of the things that have worked for me.
I’ll kick off today with getting right down to the basics – literally! New gym kit always gets those motivation juices flowing when it comes to dragging your butt down to the gym, but just as in your daily wear, if you don’t get the foundation right, nothing will feel or look good. That means a good fitting sports bra, girls, especially if you intend to do any high impact or cardio-vascular (CV) work. I’m always a huge fan of the Shock Absorber range, but I’ve recently been converted to the new Freya Active Crop Top Sports Bra. Now, the last thing I want to do when I’m working out in pursuit of the body beautiful is to strain the skin around the delicate breast tissue area. This moulded cup version reduces breast pain by 97% and movement by 92%, meaning that I don’t have to worry about what damage I may be doing while I’m burning those cals. Backed by significant clinical testing (this has been 6 years in development), and a bucket load of science behind it, but ultimately, what you want to know is, does it work and is it worth the £40? Well, I’m here to tell you it most certainly is and I’ll be investing in a second one pronto! Secure, feminine (it’s underwired) and pretty enough to be worn on it’s own when the going gets too hot for a t-shirt, this one ticks all the boxes.
I just can’t workout without good music. Call me lame, but many’s the time I’ve walked into the gym realised I’ve either a) forgotten my iPod or b) it’s out of battery. Either way, I’ve just turned around and gone back home. I’ve recently really got into Spotify – I’ve got Mr H hard at work making me fab playlists that I download onto my ipod to keep me going that little bit longer. Another favourite is Podrunner – a fab podcast on iTunes offering up a weekly serving of workout friendly music that’s helped me get round London on my 10KM runs and stopped me from giving up when I just wanted to lie down!
Last but not least, a good pair of trainers. Personal preference is key here, I’d say definitely get yourself down to a specialist store (such as Sweatshop or Run and Become) where the friendly staff will analyse your gait and tell you which shoes will work best for your feet and posture. They’ll also be able to recommend the right shoes depending on your workout preference; running shoes, cross training or focussing on using gym equipment – each activity is catered for.