Speaking of commitments, I joined my community's YMCA in December, in an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and of course, to lose a few pounds. I've stuck to that commitment thus far, and have been going almost every morning. I've already dropped 5 pounds, and I'm fitting back into my favorite clothes. Moreover, I've discovered that not only do I genuinely like working out, I really do need it for my mental and emotional well-being, as much as physical.
I typically work out early in the morning, which gets my day off to a positive start, gives me sustained energy, and helps me sleep better at night. Since the local Y is only a couple blocks from my apartment, I'll head over already dressed to work out, then come home and start my day. Of course, I can't enjoy a full workout without bringing a few things with me - and since I love "What's in your bag?" posts so much - I thought I'd share the contents of my own gym bag.
- My workout clothes - cropped leggings from The Gap, a reversible tank with built-in bra by Adidas, and my ultra-light New Balance 411 running shoes.
- A towel and swimsuit from H&M, since I like to use the whirlpool and sauna after lifting weights. (When I'm having a tough time getting through a workout, I like to think of the whirlpool as a reward for afterwards.)
- My iPod - these days, I'm mixing up Combichrist, Tupac Shakur and OneRepublic during cardio sessions.
- A water bottle and raspberry lemonade Mio flavoring, because I know it's important to stay hydrated, but I'm not really good about drinking plain water.
- Havaianas flip-flops, for a post-workout shower, which is mandatory before using the whirlpool. I have several pairs of Havaianas, and no desire to catch a case of toe-rot from public showers.
- A few toiletries, for clean-up: cleansing towelettes, Kiehl's antiperspirant, Espa Botanical Rescue Balm (which is awesome to slather on feet after a run), packets of Lulah Vanilla Orchid lotion (one packet covers my entire body, and the fragrance lasts all day), Origins tinted moisturizer, hand sanitizer gel, a hairbrush, and Reva de Tahiti gardenia-scented perfume, so I leave the gym smelling even better than when I came in.
Right now, with snow, chills, and dark days seemingly never-ending, going to the gym everyday is my only chance to get out of my apartment and do something positive for myself. I have to admit, I'm struggling with a bit of wintertime depression, and working out helps me stay sane! I truly despise this time of year, and have to keep reminding myself that Spring is only another month away, and I'll feel like myself again once I get some sunshine, green grass, and 50-degree days.
Anyone else have the Winter Blues? How are you staying healthy and active this time of year? I'll welcome any advice!