Never Leave Home Without…

Cycling:

Ride Essentials

Everything must fit into pockets:

  • Super basic: Helmet, water bottle, gloves and sports watch.
  • Repair kit & bandaids. I’ve never had to use mine but it’s something you should always carry. Plus I have something called a Boyfriend who does all my repairs for me. Teehee.
  • Kleenex for my runny-nose problem (more like snot flying out of nose) and lip balm to at least try to keep my lips pretty (while there is snot flying out of my nose).
  • Fuel. I always keep an emergency energy bar in my back pocket for long rides and whatever I have at home like these Powerbar Gel Blasts (also have a habit of popping these like candy).
  • Not pictured: keys, ID, credit card and cellphone (that goes in the ziplock).

Cycling – Colder or Longer Rides:

Ride Essentials

Some extra items for longer or colder rides:

  1. I fill up an extra water bottle with an electrolyte tablets. I have a really bad habit of not drinking enough water during rides because I simply don’t get thirsty but I’m working on it!
  2. When it’s cold (especially in early morning rides) a skull-cap is a must because rides are sooo miserable when your ears feel like it’s going to fall off.

Running:

Ride Essentials

I really tried to get into running and I’ve partially failed. I LOVE running socially but I hate running by myself and would rather hop on my bike or lift some weights. When I do run, the weather is usually warmer and I don’t carry much with me:

  1. I usually hold my phone in a ziplock bag. Phone is for music, emergency calls and GPS. Yes, I’ve gotten lost running in the park near my apartment because I’m one of those girls with no sense of direction. Once I step off the Sea Wall, I have no idea where I am.
  2. Wrist bands for wiping my sweat away because I sweat like a man— to the point that it sometimes blinds me because it gets into my eyes.
  3. Keys (and sometimes cash). I have a nifty Lululemon wristbands that can hold my key + cash but I couldn’t find it for the picture. That shows you how often I run (since August)!

Gym:

Gym Essentials

Unfortunately, everything is conveniently in my gym locker so I couldn’t take a pretty picture but here are essentials everyone should have in their gym bag/locker:

What do you never leave home without?

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    All Habits Can Die

    All habits, even good habits can die. Working out consistently, eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle could have been your daily routine but if your minds start to wander and lose focus, all those habits can start disappearing and you’ll soon find yourself back to square one. You can have the endurance to run or bike endless miles, you can have strength to do a hundred pull-ups but you have nothing if you don’t have the drive to do it.

    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

    How to make fitness a habit and keep it a habit:

    1. Stay constantly motivated. I do this by blogging about fitness, sharing fitness (Twitter and Instagram), reading fitness and health related blogs everyday, watching workout videos on Youtube (yes, I do this on my spare time when I’m not working out), keeping a fitness journal, talking about fitness with other fit (and non-fit) people, inspring others to change their lifestyles… there are so many motivating and inspiring things out there. You just have to find it and do it.
    2. FIND the time to exercise. If you are really committed to making a change in your body, you will make the time to exercise because being busy is lame excuse. I’m not a morning person (my boyfriend will gladly attest to that) but I’ve conditioned myself to morning workouts the past 2 months because I don’t have time to workout any other time during the day and exercise is that important to me. So every morning when my 6am alarm rings, I’ll be up drinking my Vietnamese coffee or pre-workout and then I’ll hop on my bike or the bus and get my committed ass to the gym. Have I ever regretted waking up this early to workout? No.
    3. Working out solves everything (well almost). Sick, tired or stressed? Go workout. The idea of getting to the gym maybe hard but once you start, exercising will actually energize you and increased endorphins will cause you to be in an exercise-induced euphoria. And when I mean sick, I mean mildly sick such as a headache or sinus, not contagious and gross sick because that’s just disgusting.
    4. Commit with a friend. When I have gym dates, I never sell out. I hate it when others sell out because that shows they aren’t committed and I preach what I teach.
    5. Plan your workouts. I draft out all my workouts for the week on Sunday night in WordPress (where I log my fitness journal). Not only does this get me pumped up but it also gives me a plan so I can just go to the gym without thinking and just DO.

    How do you keep fitness a habit in your life?

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