Lately I’ve been working out 4-6 days a week, which is more than I have, oh, ever, and I’ve quickly come to realize there are some things I just can’t live without–my workout essentials, if you will. So I thought I’d share three of them here with you today.
1. Comfortable shoes. This is embarrassing, but I wore my last pair of sneakers until they started to hurt the bottoms of my feet–I am sure they were about two bridge walks away from getting a hole. These days my shoes of choice are these Nikes in hot pink.
2. Great cropped yoga pants. If I could live in cropped yoga pants, I definitely would–and on the weekends, especially when I’m doing my Sunday grocery shop, I pretty much do. Well, the other day, my wonderful friend Tara introduced me to Marika‘s Balance Collection cropped yoga pants, which (a) are the softest, most comfortable workout pants ever and (b) don’t do that annoying thing where they ride up on my calves, because they’re cut a bit longer (I have thick calves so this problem happens a lot with my other pants). You can buy them online, but I got mine at TJ Maxx, which is actually where I buy all my workout clothes. Much as I want to try Lululemon’s famous cropped workout pants, I don’t really want to pay $80 for them, ya know? $10-$15 at TJ is much more my speed.
3. Coconut water. For the longest time, I didn’t really like coconut water–and then I tried Harmless Harvest‘s version and became a total convert. It’s available at Whole Foods, it’s sustainably harvested and totally raw and unheated, and it’s delicious. Unfortunately, it also costs about one million dollars a bottle, so I think of it as a treat and buy it very sparingly–but I promise you, after a particularly intense workout, it’s amazingly refreshing and a really great, natural way to replenish electrolytes.
So there you have it: My three workout essentials–er, two, plus a treat, I guess. What are yours? (Once I find a good sports bra, that’s definitely going on this list, too.)
P.S. That’s Zadie, my little workout buddy, in the second pic. Aw.