Sometimes it takes more than a promise to yourself or a scribbled New Years Resolution to keep your fitness goals and get the results you want. To really make a difference, you’re going to need to change up your lifestyle, and that means you’re going to need some fitness supplies. Below, I have outlined the essential fitness supplies you will need to make the change and become the person you want to be.
1. Protein: Make sure you’re feeding your muscles as you begin to work them. A starved body is not a fit body.
2. Dumbbells: A good pair of dumbbells can go a long way when it comes to motivating yourself to work out. Having dumbbells with you at all times is a constant reminder to keep moving and working on your body.
3. A motivational poster of someone you admire: There’s no better way to push yourself than by staring into the eyes of your mentor. They just stand there, judging you until you meet their tough fitness standards. When you achieve your fitness goals, they are also a reminder that you’re making them proud and will one day be their equal.
4. A stopwatch: Keeping up with your fitness goals is all about being able to measure your progress. You won’t know if you are improving your health and fitness without any way to measure it. Stopwatches are great because you can take them everywhere with you. Use them to measure the time it takes you to jog around the block, or as a marker to say “I’ll keep using these dumbbells until this watch beeps.”
5. A Fitness Friend: Jogging, lifting weights, or even just actively using dumbbells is so much easier when you have a friend to do it with. Push your friend to work harder, and they will do the same for you in return. Compare results and be supportive! You’re not going to change your lifestyle if you’re the only person you’ll have to answer to if you fail.
6. Resistance Bands: I’ve included resistance bands in the survival guide because of their portability and effectiveness. Resistance bands are great tools that you can use while sitting to tone your legs and are small enough to fit in a backpack or purse. Use them to fill the spaces of your day in which you find that you aren’t moving much. You should always be moving.