- Running shoes
- Water bottle
- Sports bra
- Comfortable pants
- Loose top
- Hair tie
One of my worst excuses when I was beginning my exercise routine was flaking out on my workout if any of these items were missing. If I didn’t have headphones or water or even a hair tie well, how on earth was I supposed to work up a sweat? All of these items, easily purchased at the gym or a nearby store, were my excuses to not work out.
Then one day the inevitable happened: my one and only hair tie broke. it was mid-run, and I had a mile and a half to go. Before I pressed the emergency stop button on the treadmill, I thought about what would happen if I called it quits. I would feel bad for not completing the run. I wouldn’t burn as many calories. I also wouldn’t feel the endorphine rush that I was beginning to crave. I smoothed my hair into a manageable twist and kept running.
Since then I’ve decided to cancel a workout if I am missing running shoes, exercise pants and a water bottle. Any shirt will work and, even though uncomfortable, a regular bra will suffice. The gym plays music: I can listen to that. Learning to live through gym sessions like this was a big turning point in my exercise regimen. I overcame myself and am getting stronger!
What’s can’t you live without at the gym? Comment below and let me know!