It’s coming up on a year since I’ve joined the gym and I have enjoyed reflecting on how my mind, body and spirit have evolved. Growing up I wasn’t as much of an athlete, just more so wanted to be a part of a team and belong. Though I played field hockey and ultimate frisbee for a few years; I never felt fast, motivated or talented enough to pursue anything. Entering my early twenties I chalked it up as not being athletic and was completely out of touch with the power of movement thinking I didn’t need it.
Now a year later I cannot believe I went so many years without making this a priority in my life. Truthfully I started working out to up my physical confidence but really how I feel mind and spirit has taken precedence over anything else. A form of therapy, it allows me to push myself to new limits but at the same time unplug from everything else that may be going on. I feel more confident physically because I can run a mile without stopping or walking, when before that felt impossible! My hard work is now tangible and continues to push me to new heights.
Brands like Outdoor Voices, Girlfriend Collective and Nube are great for beginners like myself because they’re versatile, approachable and most importantly, ethically made. Picking out a crop top and leggings from these brands doesn’t feel intimating or off-limits to anyone. You could go for a run, hike or just wander around the farmer’s market and feel good about yourself.
What gym bag do I love and what’s in it?
The Nimbus tote by Caraa is the perfect waterproof puffer that doubles as a gym bag as well as a weekender duffel conveniently equipped with a built in phone charger for all things on the go. Inside I have some of my favorite OV leggings and sports bra, Sudio wireless headphones (use ‘vacillavi15’ for 15% off), my bright Everlane Tread Sneakers and my trusty waterbottle to make for the ideal workout.
Favorite pre-workout smoothie?
Kale, baby spinach, a ripe banana, oat milk, pistachios, turmeric, cinnamon, topped with chia seeds.
Top songs on my workout playlist?
- Phantogram – Don’t Move
- Tame Impala – New Person, Same Old Mistakes
- Solange – Almeda
- (Sandy) Alex G – Gretel
- On and On – Ghosts
- Liz Cooper & the Stampede – Dalai Lama
- Rosemary Fairweather – Good News
- SZA – Prom
- Dr. Dog – The Breeze
- Mikaela Davis – Other Lover
- Wild Nothing – Blue Wings
- Bombay Bicycle Club – Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
I would love to hear about your goals for moving your body this year and what inspires you to do so. ♥️