This post was sponsored by C9 Champion. As always, all opinions are my own (and I seriously do love these workout clothes!)
Whether you’ve been working out for years or just signed your first gym membership, there are certain workout essentials that you just shouldn’t live without. Find out what you need to keep you motivated, healthy and feeling good about yourself.
I wasn’t one of those moms who cried when her daughter went off to Kindergarten. For one thing, my little Keira was so excited that I couldn’t help but be excited for her! She couldn’t wait to go to school with her big sis and I knew she was going to love it (though it turns out that she’s NOT a big fan of getting up early).
The other reason I didn’t cry? I was finally going to be able to accomplish something during the day. I could work on my blog for more than ten minutes at a time, schedule doctor’s appointments, get my hair done and I was finally going to be able to work out regularly again. Maybe I’m a little selfish but I knew that this was going to be good for both of us.
Getting back into workout mode wasn’t easy but I’m slowly making progress. Of course, there are certain workout essentials that make things easier. Whether you’ve been working out for years or just getting started, you’ve probably got your own list of workout essentials too. Do they match mine? Keep reading to find out!
Great Workout Clothes (and they have to be cute!)
I have three requirements for workout clothes. They have to be good quality, comfortable to wear and they must be cute. I’ve got all three wrapped up into one with the C9 Champion® line.
C9 Champion® Embrace Run Tights
I am totally in love with these C9 Champion Embrace Run Tights! What’s not to love? They’re stylish, made well and most of all, so comfy! I like that they’re snug without being too tight and they feel very lightweight when you’re wearing them. Not only that, they’re made with performance compression fabric and the Duo Dry+ absorbs moisture and dries fast. Plus, I love the iridescent design and the bonus zip pocket at the lower back that’s perfect for holding my house key.
C9 Champion® Medium Support Power Core Compression Racerback Bra
You can’t work out without a good sports bra and the matching C9 Champion Medium Support Power Core Compression Racerback Bra is next on my list.
With Power Core Compression fabric providing medium support, this sports bra is perfect for cycling, dance, cardio and more. Like the tights, it also uses Duo Dry+ to absorb moisture and dry quickly. It’ll hit Target stores on November 5th at the budget friendly price of $16.99.
C9 Champion® Tech Fleece Full Zip
Finally, fall gets chilly, even in Florida. I don’t do cold (that’s the whole reason we moved south) so there will be mornings when I need a jacket. The C9 Champion Tech Fleece Full Zip couldn’t be more perfect for my workout.
Because it’s so lightweight and breathable, this fleece keeps me warm without feeling too hot. As a bonus, Champion has added thumbholes in the sleeves and it’s slightly longer in the back for extra coverage. I absolutely love how soft and comfy it is too! While it’s great for a workout, I may just have to get a second one for everyday wear.
All three of these, and more from the collection, can be found in Target and on Target.com. Most are available now and the sports bra hits stores November 5th. They come in a wide range of sizes from XS-2XL
While good workout clothes are important, there are a few other things you’ll probably want too!
Good music is a must have for me and without it, it’s hard for me to get motivated! I have a workout list on my phone that I change out and add to routinely. Some songs are always there…how can you NOT have a little more spring in your step when Pitbull comes on. Others are more recent. Over the last year I’ve become a huge Ed Sheeran fan and have every one of his uptempo songs on my workout list. Whether you like rock, country, pop or something else, the right music will get you pumped and ready to go!
I’ve had these headphones for years and can’t live without them! Since they work via bluetooth, there are no wires flopping around and getting in my way. I can also control the volume and fast forward through songs just by pushing a couple of buttons above my ear. I did forget to charge them once and I realized how much of a workout essential they really were. It’s just not the same at all when the sound is coming from your phone speaker (and it’s probably bad etiquette to blast your music for all to hear at the gym).
You can’t go running without the right shoe, right? Make sure that you’ve got a running shoe with plenty of support. Since I don’t know all that much about running shoes, I rely on the experts. I shop at stores where I know the salespeople are knowledgeable and can help me find the shoe that’s just right for me.
Every expert will tell you to drink lots of water when you work out. I used to love working out on my treadmill because I’d always have my water right there in front of me (and a fan…and a TV…I was a little spoiled!). Now I just make sure to drink plenty before and after my workout. It’s not hard because when I’m done with a run, I’m THIRSTY! Now, if I could just make myself drink more water throughout the day I’ll be doing great!
When I have all these workout essentials, I know it’s going to be a great workout. From the right clothes to the music that gets me pumped up every time, I need every single one of these things. Do you agree with my list? What essentials would you add to the list?
Head over to BeautifulBudgetLife.com to win some C9 Champion gear of your own, along with a $50 Target Gift Card to buy even more workout gear.
If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check this one out too…