Over the years, I have found that getting in shape is a process.
First, you decide you want to look and feel better, and then you figure out what you need to do to get from where you are, to where you want to go.
Just like it says above the best thing to do is to DO IT TODAY…
Working out is a process, and the biggest and most important part is planning.
A few weeks ago, I restarted my journey back to health and fitness, by running. I started by getting some sneakers, so that is off the list, but that was just the beginning.
So I wanted to share my process with you so you can get ready to get in shape.
5 Things You Need Before You Start Working Out
- Stock up on fruits and vegetables.
- Find some healthy snacks that would help you recover faster from your workouts and that will help keep you out of trouble if you are “on the go”, because I often found myself feeling like (I was starving and willing to eat anything..which can quickly cancel out all of the good that came from your work out. The next three are a few things that I found necessary from last years running season.)
- Good headphones that don’t slip out of your ears when you are running
- Workout gear
- Something you can use to carry your water, and essentials like keys and phones are also a must.
I went to Wal-Mart with a list and a plan…because they have everything.
It’s a great time to shop for workout gear, because it is the end of the season so many things are discounted. I bought two outfits, both shirts were on sale, one for $3.00 and the other for $5.00. The shorts were also affordably priced, one for $3.96 and the other for $6.86. Not a bad start. During this early part of training you don’t really know what you want to run in. So picking up a few things for starters worked out for me.
Next stop veggies and recovery/on the go snacks..
I love cucumbers.. so I picked up some salad, some cucumbers, and some Balance Bars..
Cucumbers are great on the go items and I try to eat a salad every day. I’ve been hearing a lot about Balance Bar’s lately, so I got some Balance Bars on the recommendation of a friend, who liked the Peanut Butter and Cookie Dough.
Next, something to hold my water, and my phone.
I looked at a few options and of course, this is all about personal choice. I was going to get one of the phone holders you wear on your arm, but I was a little concerned about safety. When I saw this on the shelf I knew it would be perfect. Did I mention this was less than $8.00!!!
It solved both my problems and it was less expensive than any of the arm band phone holders…I also loved that it came with a bottle that you can freeze.
Last on my list was some earphones. I splurged here because good earphones are important. I looked at several and ended up with a pair of Monsters. Wal-Mart had a huge selection so I bought the sports variety because they were water-proof.
These are just a few of the things I think are helpful when you are starting a work out routine. Please share some of your favorites.
This post was sponsored by our friends at Wal-Mart and our friends at Balance Bar, who have been also been kind enough to allow us to share the love with you by doing a giveaway.
Go visit their websites for more information about what they offer
If you want a chance to win your own variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10 Wal-Mart gift certificate. Leave a comment below sharing what you are committed to doing to get in shape. The giveaway will end on 8/19/2014 at 11:59PM.
Stay tuned for some great tips on working out and getting in shape from the #BalanceShapeUp Twitter Chat..