What to bring with you to the gym
A great gym bag can make all the difference. Pack a bite of protein, a water bottle, and some tunes to make your gym experience even more enjoyable. Fun workout gear is always a plus, as is a pair of sweet running shoes!
Looking the part
Most of us know about Lululemon, but have you heard of Upside? Ginny loves this brand. Switch it up a little. If you’re going for classic, Nike is always a great choice. Price conscious? Try Marshalls. Looking to splurge a little? Stella McCartney is for you.
For those of us who live in our workout gear and are often on the go, a pro tip is to throw on a pair of jeans and a stylish jacket over your outfit, and you are good to go!
Hannah usually wears her hair out in a curly twist-out, but when she heads to the gym or studio, all that hair goes straight up into a puff or bun! Sometimes she adds a colorful headwrap which serves to give her outfit an extra pop, while also soaking up sweat.
Ginny likes to braid up her hair at the beginning of the week, and lets it get more textured throughout the day.
Both of these styles keep your hair out of your face, which is important for the health of your skin as well as the ends of your hair.
Good options for pre-workout snack
Before working up a sweat and releasing those radiant endorphins that will brighten the rest of your day, it’s so important to start off with the proper fuel. That’s right. Food is fuel. When we exercise we use up both energy and oxygen. Without the proper fuel, we can abuse this system, resulting in unhealthy burnout.
You’ll want to fill your body with the right kinds of food before you exercise. Pre-workout food should be low in fat and moderate in protein and carbs. You’ll also want to ingest fluids that will cool you down as your body releases energy during your workout. If your workout is high energy, you definitely want to have a small bite of something, but remember to give yourself ample time to digest before heading to your workout!
Here are some options to start you off:
Have a peanut butter banana sandwich
Carbs are great for you prior to exercising. They release energy slowly during the span of your workout and the added bonus of the banana can give you an extra boost of potassium!
Dress up your date
Take a pitted date and lay it flat. Smooth on some almond butter, and add a drop of honey. This sweet snack packs just enough punch before a long endurance run.
Whip up a veggie scramble
Eggs are a great source of protein, and the addition of veggies gives you those complex carbs that you need to sustain you throughout your workout. This is perfect for intensive training or before a marathon.
After your workout, you’ll want to replenish with a good mix of protein and fiber. Try blending kale, blueberries, a banana, a bit of almond butter, and coconut milk. You’ll feel replenished without feeling bloated.