This post has been a long time coming! I have my recommend 5 pieces of equipment for a good in home work out, but I don’t have one specifically for what I did to get my home gym together. This one is more extensive and more of an investment, but totally worth it, especially the circumstances we’re under. If you have the finances to do it, if not, that post I made on the 5 pieces of equipment is for you!
So luckily, my husband works in the gym business, so we got all hand me downs, super old equipment, but still good. I’m going to link each product thats in the gym, but it’s not going to be the exact one. Very similar though!
RUBBER FLOORING: there is all types, but this is one thats very similar. Make sure to measure your area before buying. We had to cut ours to get it to fit in our third car garage area.
MIRRORS: you’re going to want to get something like THIS to hang them. We have 2 large mirrors.
WEIGHTS: I personally like the metal handle rubber weights. I would recommend getting 5lbs all the way to 20lbs. Those are the most used. If you have to choose 2 sets of weights and you’re beginner, I would try 5 and 8 pounds. Then add in heavier if needed.
BENCH: so crucial to have! You can do so many things using this bench!
RESISTANCE BANDS: I have XL which is light resistance, then medium which is medium resistance. I use the medium the most!
I wanted to share a few tips on protecting your energy, along with this outfit! Which I die over. Comfortable level at 100%. This body suit is life too, are you into bodysuits like me too? I love them.
I’ve been practicing these things the last 6 months, and they make the biggest difference on how I give my energy and how I show up everyday. Of course, I’m not perfect and struggle with feeding into the lies I tell myself, but we all have bad days and I think it helps us appreciate the good days more and learn things that we can do differently.
WAKE UP & GO TO BED PHONE-LESS. this sounds so much easier than it is. We are freaking slaves to our phone. It’s habit to pick it up and check our notifications, its habit to open instagram and scroll scroll scroll, but the thing I wanted to do was get rid of that bad habit, because it throws my energy off so bad. Each morning I wake up and sit with my coffee and hang out with Liv, I don’t have my phone for the first hour. It sets the tone of your day, think of it this way, would you want 30 people walking into your bedroom telling you they worked out, how to make morning smoothies, swipe up on this, look here, look at me! No, that would be obnoxious. Thats exactly what you’re doing when you pick up your phone first thing. Instead I lay in my bed, take a few deep breaths, go over how I want to show up using one word, today was “patient” and what I’m grateful for and actually sitting with that, not going through a list of what I’m grateful for, just soaking in that one thing I chose today. Then I put my feet on the floor and ready for the day.
For bedtime, I leave my phone charging in my bathroom, so it’s not even near me. Same thing, don’t look at it for the last hour before bedtime. It never comes in my bed. Instead, I pick up my kindle and read, I’ve literally read all of Glennon Doyles books, if you haven’t, you need to! Having a kindle has been a game changer for me too. It makes it super easy not to look at my phone in bed. These two things will protect your energy and set the tone of your day!
Books I recommend: Untamed, Love Warrior,Carry On Warrior. But I would read them backwards LOL. Carry on Warrior first, Love warrior second, Untamed third. She has a way of writing that you just feel every single emotion she’s writing about. I cry in all of them.
2. CONTROL YOUR APPS. Control your time on your apps, aka instagram.. anything that you spend too much time on. Once your time is up on your app, then you’re done opening it for the day, and STAY COMMITTED. For instance, I have an hour and a 1/2 to spend on both my fitness account and lovebylynn. I write captions in my notes, so I don’t spend it on there. I then will always be productive on it, like responding to comments and DM’s vs scrolling and scrolling. When my timer pops up, sometimes I’ll ignore it, but the days I’m good about it, my days feel better.
3. WATCH WHAT YOU CONSUME. This goes along with number 2. It’s very easy to watch and watch everyones story on instagram. It gets overwhelming and overloaded with information if you don’t control it. There are so many amazing accounts and very informative, but I’ve chosen 5 accounts I consume with stories. Other than that, I don’t watch anyone else. Not that they don’t have good information, but it can make you go a little nutty with information overload, which in turn will make you feel anxious and overwhelmed. So choose your 5! If you find yourself going down a rabbit hole swiping up, clicking on articles, just remember you have limited time on there! Usually the content I consume with the 5 I don’t find myself going down that hole because I’ve only chosen 5. You, of course, don’t have to do this, but just to give you an idea on whats helped me!
Notice how all of these things have to do with our devices! Our phones aren’t bad, but they’re when you don’t have them under control, just like eating too much of something. We feel like shit afterwards. It feels good in the moment, and then once we get done we feel drained, and our mood totally shifts to comparison mode. It’s like eating a whole pizza, definitely going to feel like an asshole after that LOL.
So protect your energy! Save it for whats most important in your life! I want to show up in areas that matter to me with all of my attention and love.
Hope you guys like posts like this! Let me know and I’ll keep sharing them!