Fitness: My workout essentials

It seems 2015 is the year to get back into exercise! For the last few years I've done the odd workout or two but on the whole was pretty sedentary and over time you could definitely see the difference. Not only was I less fit, I'd started to gain more weight and by the end it was beginning to affect my confidence. So when the new year came round I said enough was enough, invested in a few basic items and started to incorporate regular exercise into my routine again:


One of the first things I did was to get a new Triaction workout bra. My old bra was getting rather battered and I like that this one is elasticated rather than underwired. It still offers plenty of support though thanks to the bigger cups and thicker straps. The lightweight material means it's nice and breathable and despite numerous washes it seems to be holding up well. An absolute essential for when I do high impact exercise such as running or 30 day shred.

Speaking of running I did my first outdoor run last weekend and my new turquoise arm strap couldn't have been a better purchase. I like to track my runs using GPS and having this means I can attach my phone securely to my arm without worrying about it falling out or jiggling about in my pocket. It was only £2.50 from Primark but looking at some of the ones online it seems to be much more spacious. With 2 compartments I can easily fit a credit card and my house keys too. At the moment I'm using Runkeeper but if you have any fitness app recommendation then please let me know in the comments below.

Skincare wise I've introduced 2 new products into my routine. Before a workout I always use Soap and Glory micellar water to remove any make up or grease. It's gentle but effective with a fresh cucumber scent and I like that it leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped or dry. After exercise the last thing I want to do is use a rich body lotion which is why Hand Chemistry body mist comes in. The spray is so much more refreshing and the scent reminds me of lemon sherbet. It doesn't compromise on hydration either and thanks to the inclusion of hyaluronic acid and red marine algae my skin still feels soft and supple after use.

Finally a bottle of water, some workout clothes and a pair of trainers and I'm good to go. I'm currently trying to update my workout wardrobe and shoes so again if you have recommendations please do let me know!

Are you also trying to exercise more this year? What are your favourite places to shop for workout gear? 

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