I don’t know about the rest of you, but I need to get motivated when it comes to working out. I love fitting in a good sweat session, but I’ll be honest…it takes some serious motivation to peel myself outta bed every morning. Unlike what you see in the below photo, some of my best workouts happen before the sun even rises!
I’ve rounded up 5 of my fitness must-haves for motivating myself to stick with it and make my fitness and health a priority.
1. A good pair of sneakers. This seems like a no-brainer, but I was just talking to someone recently who told me that they didn’t even know where to start when it came to sneakers. For me, Nike is my go-to and I don’t see that changing. They fit me well, I know what size I need to order and I don’t have to question whether or not I’m going to acquire a blister from wear. So many people have opinions when it comes to fitness footwear, but I think it comes down to what works best for your feet, arch, support needs, etc. I always throw in Happy Feet insoles for my high arch and I’m good to go!
2. A fitness tracker. I never wore one before I really started getting serious about my fitness this winter and I admit — it’s a game changer. I have a Garmin Forerunner 235 and I’ve fallen head over heels for it. There are so many fitness trackers in the game, but to me — I’m sold on Garmin. I love that I can track distance, heart rate, compile multiple runs/workouts and compare and so much more! During my half marathon it was fantastic, because I was able to track my heart rate, my splits and my time lapsed all on one screen without fiddling with buttons/multiple screens. I loved it!
3. Quality sports bras. I shouldn’t have to spell this out, but your girls need support. I cannot tell you how much money I have wasted on cheap sports bras, only to feel like I’m not getting the hold I need during a workout. Just because they look cute DOES NOT mean they are going to give you what you need in terms of support. Sports bras used for anything other than working out are a whole different animal (I choose cute over functionality all day long), but when you’re in the market for something to hold your boobs down during a sweat session, you need to opt for function.
My favorites:

4. Free weights. Before I met Dane, I had never lifted a thing in my life. Okay, that’s a lie, I lift shopping bags and groceries all the time. But in terms of fitness, not a thing! He introduced me to weight lifting and now I cannot. get. enough! It’s the fastest way to transform your body! Anyway, we have PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells, which is perfect because it means we are both able to adjust to what weight we want without accumulating a ton of individual weights in our garage. We have enough stuff without multiple sets of weights, thank you very much. 

5. A running stick. I don’t care what anyone says, if you’re working out, you need to make taking care of your muscles a priority. Stretching, foam rolling and, a personal favorite in our house, the running stick, all play an integral part of making the most of your workout. In fact, stretching is my favorite part! We ordered our running stick off Amazon (less than $30!) and it advertises itself as a toothbrush for your muscles. It stretches muscles to maximize workouts and minimize pain, all while treating any workout-induced irritation. Even if you don’t have a foam roller or stick, I cannot say enough about the importance of stretching and warming up muscles pre and post workout.
Now that I’ve shared my essentials, what are yours?

May 2, 2016



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    Masshole Mommy

    May 4, 2016

    Good sports bras are so important. I hate when mine don't fit right and end up digging in to me. SO uncomfortable.

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      May 4, 2016

      YES!!! That is the absolute worst!

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    Amanda Love

    May 4, 2016

    A good running shoe and and sports bra are my essentials. To be honest everything else isn't really needed well besides water. We used to work out in the past without those high tech gadgets and did fine without them. Don't get me wrong, I still have my fitness tracker but I don't even use it.

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      May 4, 2016

      I worked out for so long without a fitness tracker, but now I can't imagine not using one. And YES to water…lots and lots of water!

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    Terri Steffes

    May 4, 2016

    I keep reading your posts hoping that one day I will step up and step out. Not yet. You'll be the first to know!

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    May 4, 2016

    Totally agree on the shoes. For me it's definitely the most important part of being prepared for a good workout. Also this post just inspired me to order new running sneakers which I had been putting off forever so thanks for that 🙂

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    May 4, 2016

    I can't wait to check out the running stick- I've never heard of it! Thanks for the tip!

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    Julie is Coco and Cocoa

    May 4, 2016

    I keep hearing about running sticks and similar products, clearly I need to get one! And I struggle with forking over the money for a good pair of shoes, but I know how important it is.

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    May 4, 2016

    Definitely having a fitness tracker helps me…sort of pushes me to keep going and burn more calories! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    Kayla Witt

    May 4, 2016

    I had never heard of a running stick before. Interesting!

    My fitness must is an up-to-date playlist that motivates me to get my body moving. Spotify has some really good pre-made ones, but I love changing them seasonally so I'm always listening to something new.


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    May 4, 2016

    I am all about a good pair of shoes, I always get fitted for mine and it has been amazing so far. Since feet can change to me it's important.

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    Heather W

    May 4, 2016

    You hit the nail on the head. I need motivation. I remember when I used to work twice a day. Now…well, those days are long gone. I did get a Fit Bit and I use it. It at least helps track steps. I also need my music. It just helps take me away for a little while.

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    Roxanne Ferber

    May 4, 2016

    Maybe it is because I'm not really a runner, but I have never heard of a running stick. I must go Google.

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    alexandria waning

    May 5, 2016

    This is a great list. I love cute sports bras, but you're right, some do not offer any support. It's much easier to buy cute athleisure wear.

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    Carolyn @ Fennell Seeds

    May 5, 2016

    I'll have to look into a running stick. I know I need new shoes. I try to make them last way too long and now I have been noticing they don't feel good on my feet. Nothing like new shoes to motivate me. 🙂

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    Renée @ The Good Hearted Woman

    May 5, 2016

    Great list! The running stick is a new one to me – I need to check that out. You've also reminded me that I need to get a new sports bra.

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    May 5, 2016

    A good sports bra is key, especially when you need to support the girls. I also think fun workout clothes help too. They motivate you to move and get that workout in on days you would rather not.

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    Housewife Eclectic

    May 5, 2016

    I need to replace my running shoes, I always dread breaking in a new pair though!

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    Bernadette Callahan

    May 5, 2016

    Good shoes are a must! I have been looking into FitBits for all of us, think I am going to buy a few.

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    May 5, 2016

    I think well-fitted clothing are essential. There's nothing worse than something bunching up where it shouldn't, or feeling all clingy. I get claustrophobic when my clothes don't fit correctly. 🙂

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    Jessica Puga

    May 5, 2016

    I've yet to buy a fitness tracker for many reasons but I hear everyone loves them. I think I would obsess to much and not focus on my workouts! lol. Great list! 🙂 Very helpful

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    Cara W

    May 5, 2016

    Your list is simple but absolutely the essentials! Thanks for the tips and breaking it down why they are a must have!

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    May 5, 2016

    We have a lot of the same essentials. A yoga mat is close to the top if my essential list.

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    Tough Cookie Mommy

    May 6, 2016

    Having a good pair of sneakers is definitely essential to being fit. I have made the mistake of buying sneakers that hurt my feet and I paid for it in the long-run.

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    Eileen Kelly

    May 6, 2016

    Such wonderful advice. My kids are distance runners and they insisted that I go to a running store for sneakers. Getting fitted by the way my foot is formed was so awesome. I love it. you have hit the keys to success for fitness essentials

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    May 6, 2016

    I definitely need a new sports bra! I never seem to be able to find one that fits well and also works well.

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    Hannah and Sara

    May 7, 2016

    Sneakers are super important to your fitness routine! I know when my sneakers start to wear out its the worst when I try to go walking or do a workout.

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    ana de jesus

    May 8, 2016

    I have to confess I have never heard of a running stick but I like the idea of it stretching out your muscles. Does it improve your muscle tone.

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    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    May 8, 2016

    I so need a new pair of sneakers. My current pair has seen better days. Thank you for the reminder.

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    May 10, 2016

    I swear the right shoes can make our break a workout. I never believed it, but when I got a pair of killer shoes I realized what my workouts were missing!

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    Keating Bartlett

    May 18, 2016

    I'm in desperate need of new running sneakers. Mine are so horrible. I literally sprained my ankle two weeks after buying them lol I've continued to wear them but I need ones with more support.

    xo, Keating

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    September 28, 2016

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    October 31, 2016