Several years ago, I had a gym membership. Two, actually, because we’d moved and I signed up for another gym before I found out that we hadn’t moved far enough away for them to waive my early termination fee. Crap.
But I dealt with because I thought it was something I thought I needed in order to be healthy.
Now, I have no gym membership and I aim to live a more active lifestyle overall so I don’t feel the need to do crazy workouts that involve a lot of equipment.
And when I do workout, I do so with minimal tools, at or near my home and I only own one sports bra. Yeah, I’m a hardcore minimalist.
Here are my top essentials:
My name is Nina and I have ridiculously tight muscles. RIDICULOUSLY tight. So I need some help. Which is where lots of stretching comes in so I can loosen said muscles.
However, I’ve noticed that doing this on a hard floor is not very comfortable so I bought a nice yoga mat.
I got this Jade Yoga Mat because it’s made with natural rubber and because it’s thicker than the one I had before (which my kids found along with some scissors and made me two yoga mats – so thoughtful).
It rolls up nicely and fits in a corner on our bus. There’s also just enough space to roll it out in between our kitchen cabinets so I can strike a few poses. Win!
I’ve been wearing minimalist shoes for several years now and I love them. I can’t remember why I started. Maybe the book Born to Run inspired it, or maybe it was seeing one of my favorite bloggers wearing them.
Either way, I learned about how great they can be for posture, bad knees, back pain and the muscles in your feet and I was sold.
I’m a huge fan of Vibram Five Finger Shoes (rest in peace my original pair that looked like black ballet slippers – I miss you). I can wear them for walking, running, everyday wear and even take them in the water. I’m all about multi-purpose shoes.
Deep Blue is an essential oil blend from doTERRA that I’ve actually just started using (even though I’ve had it for a while). When I decided to start running again, I was very aware of certain muscles in my legs after runs. So, after complaining about it for a while, I remembered my Deep Blue and rubbed it on my leg.
It worked so quickly, I couldn’t believe it. My muscles stopped hurting and my leg felt like I hadn’t gone running at all. In less than 5 minutes.
I know doTERRA’s essential oils work fast, but sometimes I’m still amazed at how quickly they make me feel better. (To order essential oils and learn more about this month’s amaze-balls promotion, check out this page.)
You know what’s fun? Doing all of your cardio and strength-training in less than 30 minutes while swinging around a heavy ball with a handle. (Just don’t hit yourself in the head – it hurts.)
I bought a 10-pound kettle bell a few months ago and like it because it makes working out a lot more fun. There’s also the fact that you can hit all the major areas in so little time (have I mentioned that I have a short attention span?).
And there are tons of free workout videos on the YouTube, so if you ever get bored with one, you can just hop onto a new one. I like the ones from Fitness Blender best.
It’s hard for me to describe this sports drink from Boresha. I don’t necessarily have more energy for working out, but I have more motivation – I crave exercise. I also have more endurance.
Also, when I’m done doing a Fitness Blender kettle bell video, instead of falling on my face on my bed afterward and staying there for the next 20 minutes, I can just take a short break and I’m ready to move on with my day.
Ok, sometimes I skip onto the next thing and then I get excited about doing chores because it means I get to move. You can see why I love my Codebreaker.
Did I mention it also aids with fat-burning? That’s a plus, too.
I bought a Fit Bit Zip a few months ago after reading some rave reviews from several friends. I’d purchased pedometers before for around $10 and they always broke quickly, so I wanted to invest in a good one this time. Well worth it.
I’ve been wearing it every day since then and logging at least 10,000 steps on most days.
I have the hardest time sitting down now – I’d much rather be moving. Which, of course, is great for so many reasons. Especially because I can now wear a skirt without spandex shorts underneath if I want to (yay for non-chaffage!).
Also, it gives me a lot of motivation. If I check it in the evening and notice my steps are low, I get outside and start walking. Or go for a run. I’ve also been known to jog in place so I get to 10,000.
I can jog in place forever if I’m watching Doctor Who.