What's In My Gym Bag
After a post like yesterdays it seems somewhat obligatory to follow with something a little more, ahem, healthy (but y'know brownies contain milk and eggs- which are good for you, right?)- perhaps a way to justify eating them all, no? Anyway, as you may have read a month or so ago in this post, I've been busy trying to 'Change For The Better' in collaboration with Special K- and work on becoming a little healthier, and a lotta fitter.

Now, joining the gym itself was easy enough. I had an induction and mini personal training session, which went pretty well (read: I didn't pass out from breathlessness)- and have since tried to go when I have time- but trust me when I say this, it's not been easy. Being a full time freelancer and juggling working in London, working from home and shooting outfit posts seems straight forward enough, but boy- does it take time. Gym hours are usually limited to first thing in the morning, or weekends- two time frames in which the temptation of sleep is also massively dominant. So, for the next month or so I'm going to challenge myself further- to get into a proper routine. It's all well and good hitting the gym every now and again, but it's the routine I need to create which I'm sure is where the real change lies...

Anyway! Less of the rambling. Today I thought I'd give you a look into a newbies gym bag, and offer a playlist of mine which I find carries me through many a gym session- and spurs me on to make the extra minute.
What's In My Gym Bag
Now, I don't take a lot when I head to the gym. I like to be in-and-out in as small time as possible (especially when my face is a bare as a babys bottom) so stick to a pair of comfy shoes (completely vital and these Free Runs need no wearing in), a towel for any sweaty forehead situ's (pfft), some deodorant to keep me smelling sweet, some low fat sweet snacks (by this I mean this amazing popcorn- sweets are purely a quick sugar boost!), my membership card (duh), some water to keep me hydrated and my phone (to occasionally vent to Twitter and listen to Spotify).
Gym Playlist Ideas
Now, speaking of Spotify, in my opinion it's important to keep some playlists prepared for gruelling treadmill moments- and even better if they're a mix of more 'dance motivational' songs and songs you really like. The thing is, I don't normally listen to '90s Destiny's Child (okay maybe a little) but I find it's far better to get you in the mood than the new Johnny Flynn album when hitting the gym (and trust me, I love that album). So- I've popped together a little gym playlist you can all download just here, to ensure your next session won't be boring (and a little nostalgic)!

P.S This project and this post has been bought to you in collaboration with Special K, and Kellogg have sponsored me in achieving my goal- however I am not a spokesperson for the brand. If you fancy making a change yourself, always seek help from professionals before getting started- no hurts here please! As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own- and am honest as ever!


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What's In My Gym Bag
After a post like yesterdays it seems somewhat obligatory to follow with something a little more, ahem, healthy (but y'know brownies contain milk and eggs- which are good for you, right?)- perhaps a way to justify eating them all, no? Anyway, as you may have read a month or so ago in this post, I've been busy trying to 'Change For The Better' in collaboration with Special K- and work on becoming a little healthier, and a lotta fitter.

Now, joining the gym itself was easy enough. I had an induction and mini personal training session, which went pretty well (read: I didn't pass out from breathlessness)- and have since tried to go when I have time- but trust me when I say this, it's not been easy. Being a full time freelancer and juggling working in London, working from home and shooting outfit posts seems straight forward enough, but boy- does it take time. Gym hours are usually limited to first thing in the morning, or weekends- two time frames in which the temptation of sleep is also massively dominant. So, for the next month or so I'm going to challenge myself further- to get into a proper routine. It's all well and good hitting the gym every now and again, but it's the routine I need to create which I'm sure is where the real change lies...

Anyway! Less of the rambling. Today I thought I'd give you a look into a newbies gym bag, and offer a playlist of mine which I find carries me through many a gym session- and spurs me on to make the extra minute.
What's In My Gym Bag
Now, I don't take a lot when I head to the gym. I like to be in-and-out in as small time as possible (especially when my face is a bare as a babys bottom) so stick to a pair of comfy shoes (completely vital and these Free Runs need no wearing in), a towel for any sweaty forehead situ's (pfft), some deodorant to keep me smelling sweet, some low fat sweet snacks (by this I mean this amazing popcorn- sweets are purely a quick sugar boost!), my membership card (duh), some water to keep me hydrated and my phone (to occasionally vent to Twitter and listen to Spotify).
Gym Playlist Ideas
Now, speaking of Spotify, in my opinion it's important to keep some playlists prepared for gruelling treadmill moments- and even better if they're a mix of more 'dance motivational' songs and songs you really like. The thing is, I don't normally listen to '90s Destiny's Child (okay maybe a little) but I find it's far better to get you in the mood than the new Johnny Flynn album when hitting the gym (and trust me, I love that album). So- I've popped together a little gym playlist you can all download just here, to ensure your next session won't be boring (and a little nostalgic)!

P.S This project and this post has been bought to you in collaboration with Special K, and Kellogg have sponsored me in achieving my goal- however I am not a spokesperson for the brand. If you fancy making a change yourself, always seek help from professionals before getting started- no hurts here please! As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own- and am honest as ever!


x

31 comments:

  1. Brilliant, I also listen to Beyonce when I am doing my Zumba/workout. It's got to be done! xx

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  2. Those free runs are oh so pretty and beyonce has been on all of my gym playlists! <3

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  3. You probably have the cutest gym bag in history! I love it! Also loving the playlist!
    -Fleur
    pourlefemmes.blogspot.com

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  4. Got to have a bit of Beyonce to keep you going at the gym, I wish I could force myself to the gym, I dance a lot but just can't get myself on the tradmill, Love those snacks too, that popcorn is amazing!
    Rosalie x
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  5. cute x
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  6. I'm noticing a pink theme ;)

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  7. Ahhh, love the trainers
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  8. I love these posts! I always like to work out in the mornings too - I think it gives me a good start to the day. Your trainers are so cute too xo

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  9. loving the pink trainers!!! xxx

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  10. I love Johnny Flynn too, but I can imagine Beyonce is a little more motivational!

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  11. 90s-girly-trash-music is the one and only for workouts! xo
    LILLY CALLING

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  12. Ah, and thinking about bringing popcorn to the gym next time. Great idea.

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  13. Great post, love to see this kind of thing! Loving all the pink too!

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  14. Nothing quite like jammin' along to Beyonce when you're exercising!!
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    xx

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  15. This was such a good post, love that it's different than the typical what's in my bag posts :) and I agree looove some beyonce when I'm working out :)

    carly || sundaysgrace.blogspot.com

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  16. Essential gym picks and love the bag!! xx


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  17. I've recently joined the gym too but definitely need to get into a better routine! Jealous of your Nike Free Runs x

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  18. Love your gym back!
    Claudia xxx
    www.claudiakitten.blogspot.com

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  19. Amazing post! I love it. <333

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  20. Cringey/cheesy music is much better to work out to! You should try and set days, even if they change week to week - I find it much easier if they're written in my diary like cold hard fact!

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  21. Nice post , I have also been tryign to get back on track with exercising as my rouitne flew out the window recently so this si very motivating as well as interesting . I really liked this post . x

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  23. I love this playlist, I definitely need to get my Spotify up and running again!

    Maria xxx

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  24. Cute gym bag! love the trainers!

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  25. your gym bag is full of treasures :D
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  26. What's In My Gym Bag posts are my favourite. I'm not sure why, maybe it's because I'm spectacularly nosey. Oh and may I just add, THAT POPCORN.

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  27. Everyone knows Beyonce is the way to go when working out! I love living as healthy as possible, but does anyone agree that it's harder to fit in time when the darkness creeps in for so much of the day? Waking up and going running at 6am is much easier in July!

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  28. Great post, love to know whats in other peoples gym bag! xo

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  29. "I don't normally listen to '90s Destiny's Child" Damn gurl, what are you doing ? YOU TOTALLY SHOULD :D

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  30. In regards to present day fashion, the fitness world has created a craze of certain items such as gym tank tops and yoga pants that are worn as casual wear by many people on a daily basis, whether they attend a gym or not.
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