My Top 5 Workout Essentials

There are a few things I always have with me at the gym.  

Music is a great boost for your mood and energy while working out, a true essential if you ask me.  I’ve got lots of songs on my iPod that really get me going and give me that extra push I need to do a strong workout.  Music is also great for when you are doing cardio and you need to get through “one more song” . . . again and again.  When my battery dies and I’m left without it, I hate it!  I hear that Apple is coming out with a new iPod that has just been sent to the stores.  I’d like to get it, mine is really old and doesn’t hold a charge very long.  I need to figure out how to create a playlist for you.  
What songs do you like to workout to??

It’s so important to stay hydrated during your workouts.  My very favorite water bottle is called Polar Bottle (24 oz) and you can find it at most sporting goods stores or on their website.  This bottle is insulated, so it keeps your water cold.  I typically drink a bottle and a half to two during a workout.  

I definitely prefer to lift weights while wearing gloves to prevent calluses- so not sexy!  Just don’t forget to wash them.  Right now, I’m using an old pair by Nike.

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Oh ladies, don’t even get me started on sports bras!  Seriously, how hard is it to find one you like, that fits, holds you in, doesn’t pinch or hurt your shoulders, is cute?!?!  My all-time favorite is by Under Armour, the Essential Seamless Sports Bra, but it’s not necessarily one I would run in (maybe if I doubled up), although it does keep the girls pretty, um, locked in there.  I also wear this as a bra during the day for under tank tops since it has a racer back and is seamless/wireless.  I think Under Armour does make good running bras too.  I’m not a fan of the tank tops with built-in bras because I don’t feel they give enough support.  Also, if I get too hot while doing cardio, I want to be able to take off my tank.
Please share in the comments if you know of a good sports bra.  “Girls” everywhere are dying to hear!

I need a watch to keep me on pace during my weightlifting routine.  I don’t want to rest too long (1-2 minutes depending on how heavy I’m going), so my eye is always on my watch.  I use a cheapie one from WalMart that I got for $15.  I also really like the Baby G-Shock watches– they come in all kinds of fun colors.

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  1. October 11, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    I always time myself between sets, too. I usually use the timer option on my phone. I can turn my armband around to the inside and push right through the plastic cover without interrupting my music. Good sports bras are hard to find! I like the Lululemon Y Flow Bra. It looks dainty, but it works like a champ. I really need some gloves! I always forget to pick them up when I'm out.

  2. Vanessa
    October 11, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    Hi Megan, thanks for being a great inspiration for women with your healthy lifestyle. Can you write a piece on the criteria you have when choosing a gym? Thanks!

  3. October 11, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    love your blog :)…you should deffinately make a workout playlist…it is impossible for me to workout without music šŸ™‚

  4. October 11, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    Those are my top essentials, minus the watch! Especially the music. I literally have a different workout when my iPod dies and I have no music! My favs are Christina Aguilera songs, the "sexy and I know it" song, and songs from those dance movies (Step Up, etc…). I know corny, but they really make you want to move šŸ™‚ Loving your blog and it's really keeping me motivated! Thank you!

  5. October 11, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    The "ta ta tamer" from lululemon is absolutely wonderful, great support!

  6. Ruth
    October 11, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    Hi – am popping over from visiting Honey We're Home – great blogs!
    I'm in the UK and wear a sports bra called Shock Absorber! It's great. It comes in various levels depending on the impact of your exercise and the amount of ahem…endowment you have up front! You can get them on

  7. Stephanie
    October 11, 2012 / 9:28 pm

    I have larger "girls" and run a lot. The moving comfort "Juno" bra is amazing! No chafing or riding up! I bought mine at Amazon. You won't be disappointed!

  8. Lisa S.
    October 12, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    Great post. I am trying to motivate myself to get back to running and going to the gym- you are inspiring me. I have a large chest and have had a hard time finding a sports bra with good support to keep everything "locked down". Have ordered from this site in the past and really liked the CW-X brand, I can't remember which style I ordered, but it was comfortable and had great support.

    Do you use a heart rate monitor? When I run, I like to wear one. Have a great weekend!

  9. I am so happy I finally got a chance to come over from your decor blog and join this one too. You look fabulous and so does your bff. Strong and not a day over 25. Happy Birthday by the way! Cant wait to get caught up on all your great posts!

  10. October 24, 2012 / 1:48 am

    Could you write a post about choosing the right sports bra? I still have not found one, I feel like the Goldilocks of sports bras- too big, too small, where's the one that is just right? šŸ™‚

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