I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity. Okay, maybe I do both quality and quantity. But, hey, how can you not justify multiple quality purchases?
Whether it’s fuel for my body or my mind, I’m going to make sure it’s a good investment. And, that includes my sweaty gear. When you lead an active life style, you want comfortable, functional, cute gear that’ll last through your many sweaty adventures.
Here’s a list of my “Must Haves” when it comes to sweating right:
Runners…you MUST check these shorts out. There are MULTIPLE reasons I’m in love with these shorts.
- side pockets for my phone, keys and mini water bottle (they stay in place!)
- they are the perfect length…not too short, not too long
- internal drawstring incase you’re like me and your booty is a bit bigger than your waist so sizing can get complicated
- waistband pockets for running goos, your key, chapstick etc;
I literally do ALL my long runs in these shorts. They’re perfect for race day, too! Gone are the days of carrying your belongings in your hand…or bra.
2: A Good Pair of Shoes
…and more than one pair. Your feet do A LOT for you. Treat them right. Whether you’re a runner, weight lifter, CrossFitter…whatever…pay the money for good pairs of shoes. Also, do your research on shoes. And I don’t just mean read other people’s reviews. While this is helpful, everyone’s body is different and has different needs. Just because a shoe did/did not work for them doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Test the shoes out, and see how your body reacts to them.
For me, I LOVE my Brooks adrenalines. I’ve started running longer distances on the weekends, so I needed to find a shoe that was going to support my body along the way. I also just invested in a pair of Mizuno Wave Paradox…stay tuned for a review of those 😉
My mat is my everything. Split Pea has taken me adventures my runs couldn’t even dream of. The Mat absorbs sweat and stays in place. I can’t imagine perfecting my downward dog on any other type of mat!
My Towel Mat is also fabulous. A holiday gift from my boo, it has been the perfect accessory for hot yoga, tanning pool side and relaxing on a sandy beach. It’s easy to wash…and it’s the perfect length!
I by no means look at myself as a “serious” athlete. Well, actually I am. “Serious” in the sense that I’m serious about taking care of my body. I work out to honor my body, to free my mind. However, part of honoring my body is understanding what my body is doing. So, I invested in a Polar watch and Heart Rate Monitor. These two purchases have been my most expensive investments, but the most worth it. My watch helps me monitor my milage, pace, sleep etc; My heart rate monitor allows me to track how many calories I burn during my yoga, pilates & weight lifting sessions. It was important for me to know this so that I could properly refuel my body before and after each workout. (See below)
As I’ve added long runs back into my weekly routine, staying proper fueled is SO important. I made sure to invest in a mini water bottle from Bull City Running Company (also where I purchased my adrenalines!) I just squeeze and the water pours perfectly into my mouth. Plus, it fits perfectly into the pockets of my What the Sport Shorts I bragged about earlier.
I’ve also started consuming carbs while running. My body burns through food quickly, so it’s vital I keep it energized. I’m loving Clif Shot Bloks. They give me the burst of energy I need as the miles add up on my runs.
Your body needs fuel all day every day…not just when you’re working out. My nutrition is without a doubt what keeps me sweating right. If you’re just fueling up the day before/day of…you’re doing it wrong. How can you expect your body to do all that it does (like live…) without the proper nutrition? Just like my gear, I invest in my food.
Sure, sweating right can get pricey. But, when you’re treating your body to quality products…you can’t go wrong!
Here’s a picture that includes almost all of the above: