FRIDAY-FIVE: 5 Fav Gym Bag Essentials To Make You Feel Fab

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There are some essential items to have in your gym bag for a great workout and also post workout. More importantly, putting certain staples in your gym bag can prevent common mishaps from happening. For example, if you suddenly realize you need to go out after the gym, only to find yourself without a change of clothes. That’s where the fully-stocked gym bag comes in. These are my favorite gym bag essentials that will keep you prepared at all times.

1. DRY SHAMPOO ≫ ENJOY

If you don't have time to take a full shower after your workout, you should bring along some dry shampoo. It only takes a few minutes to apply, and you'll feel better about how your hair looks. You've probably never used the product before, but you can find it pretty much anywhere, so don't forget to add it to your list. I personally LOVE Enjoy Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray($22)..it works wonders!

2. TOOTHBRUSH + MOUTHWASH ≫ QUIP,

Sometimes, a piece of gum just won't do the trick. If you're worried about the smell of your breath, bring along a toothbrush that you can use. You'll be able to go through the rest of your day without being self-conscious about what you smell like when you open your beautiful lips. I LOVE Quip ($45) for this very reason. It's a great portable toothbrush! I also carry with me Fettle Gum & Teeth Rinse ($28) and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Toothpaste ($9).

3. WATER BOTTLE ≫ BKR

The fact is you are going to sweat when you work out. That means you need to rehydrate due to this loss. It is absolutely essential to bring a water bottle (or two, unless you can fill it up at your gym) to the gym. If you don’t, your workouts might suffer and you may pass out from dehydration. This can all be avoided if you simply pack a water bottle! I personally love my bkr 1L water bottle ($45). It's cute, trendy and its vibrant color reminds me to keep hydrated! It's also glass and BPA-free.

4. PORTABLE FOOD ≫ SKOUT BACKCOUNTRY, MRM, & VITAL PROTEINS

Depending on the duration of your workout, you are going to need to replenish your glycogen stores afterward. This means getting in carbs and protein in a 4:1 ratio. To accomplish this, I like packing an extra insulated water bottle filled with protein powder and almond milk or a smoothie. Some other portable food options I like include Skout Backcountry Trail Bars  ($22, box of 8), Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptide Stick Packs ($34, box of 20 )with Harmless Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, MRM Veggie Elite Protein Powder ($27), bananas, trail mix of pistachios, cashews, and dried cherries or blueberries. In general, I like having the protein shake and MRM BCAA ($27) after my workout, and the others before my workout.

5. EXTRA CLOTHES ≫ PLUS DEODERANT!

As far as items to have in your gym bag go, a change of clothes is a must. Even if you think you aren’t going out afterward, you never know if someone will text you to pick up something. Deodorant is also a must! I don’t know about you, but I most certainly don't want to smell when I’m out and about. This includes another pair of shorts or pants, sports bra, shirt, and don’t forget socks! It’s also a good idea to bring a jacket with you, especially if you get cold all the time like I do. Jackets are especially nice for keeping your muscles warmed up after yoga class as well.

WHAT'S IN YOUR GYM BAG? COMMENT HERE!

A Balanced, Motivated Life

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I often get asked how I stay motivated to live a healthy life? Boxing, circuit training, kickboxing, Megaformer, and spin... my fitness activities keep me busy. But, let's be real, guys. Between work, life, blogging and keeping up on social media, sticking to a healthy routine can be a daunting task at times. And, digging for that motivation can be a challenge, especially when the weather is cold out.

I'm normally up by 5am, drink my coffee and eat breakfast, check work emails and out the door by 6:30am for a morning workout. But sometimes, when I've lost motivation, I find myself dragging and making up any sort of "excuses" and finding distractions until I finally just pushed myself out the door. Sound familiar?

Motivation comes and goes. But even when you're fully disciplined, there are moments and days that are off. You feel blah. And sitting on the couch watching Bravo marathons of trashy reality television sounds so much more appealing than hitting the gym. But it's knowing how much you want something that makes the difference. It creates determination, which keeps you disciplined. Like with work, you go in day after day because it's your priority. With health and wellness, workouts should be treated the same. Sometimes you just gotta push through... Put your shoes on and get out the door. And remember that you've got this!

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Fortunately, Amazfit has got you covered making tracking your daily activity simple, straightforward and stylish. Sleek, minimal design... this is one gorgeous fit tracker! Sometimes, it takes an amazingly awesome wearable tech to get us motivated! My Amazfit Moon Beam style helps keep me accountable for my fitness goals, ultimately paving the way towards a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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The content of the smartwatch is comprised of ceramic. Yes! Ceramic! Making it the 1st ceramic core tracking unit, ever! So along with the resistance to dirt and water, it should also be quite difficult to scratch or otherwise damage. The band part, meanwhile, is removable, and the device can apparently be attached to any other 22-millimeter band. Ultimately, this is a beautiful fitness statement piece that you can wear all day. It's minimalistic design, and a comfortable band is designed to fit into your everyday life.

Amazfit's Moon Beam is extremely comfortable. Probably the most comfortable wearable ever I've worn and owned, which is saying a lot. Plus, it fits really well on my tiny wrist. That's due in part to the band which actually is able to notch at the right place and the flat, ceramic disc that sits very close to the wrist.

As for tracking, the Amazfit is able to track steps and figure out calories burned, monitor sleep and buzz for alarms or incoming phone calls. It's as basic as you can find, which isn't a bad thing if you want a pretty fitness tracker without the bells and whistles. Step tracking has been pretty accurate compared with the Fitbit.

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This post is in partnership with Amazfit. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Let's Regale cooking.

Stay-Fit Everyday Rituals To Slim Down and Shape Up

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Getting in shape, losing weight and feeling great is all about creating a healthier lifestyle. You may develop some rituals you follow on a daily basis that will help you in achieving your fitness and wellness goals. Rituals, like keeping hydrated and walking instead of jumping in the car at every opportunity can make a difference. Here are seven rituals that will help you to be the most healthy, optimal you. Stay-Fit Everyday Rituals To Slim Down and Shape Up letsregale.com

1. Keep a Glass of Water Next to You

Water is so important. Every single cell, tissue, and organ in your body need water to function. The human body will not survive long without water, so not surprisingly, there are many benefits to keeping your body well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, eliminate toxins and get rid of the bloat. By keeping a glass of water next to you at all times, you will be reminded to keep hydrated. So drink to your health, weight and aiding your digestive system.

2. Do Not Skip Meals

Not only will skipping meals cause you to have mood swings but it will slow down your metabolism, potentially storing excess body fat. When you skip meals, you feel hungry and ravenous. By eating balanced mini-meals throughout the day, you will have more energy and never feel hungry again. The bonus is that you will boost your metabolism.

3. Eat Your Greens On The Daily

Add some green into your life to increase your fiber, minerals, and vitamins. You will speed up your digestive tract, increase your metabolism and also just feel so much better overall. Make this part of your daily ritual and you will see amazing results.

4. Schedule Your Workouts Every Day And Live By Your Calendar

How many times do you skip your workout because you are tired, busy or just not feeling up for it? Hopefully, your answer was never but if you are like most, this does happen. It's so easy to come up with different excuses when you're feeling unmotivated. Change your daily lifestyle and schedule your workouts to be nonnegotiables. This meaning that no matter how busy, bored, tired or whatever your excuse might be you will still get it done. (Don't be a flake to yourself!)

5. Pick Up The Pace Wherever You Go

There will be times when you can't fit in exercise, so you have to figure out a way to make it work. Pick up the pace wherever you go. This is a tip I picked up from Maria Menounos in which she calls "convenience conditioning." The two block walk to your car can be a total waste of possible energy expended by strolling there. Instead speed walk to your car.

6. Graze but Don’t Gorge

Fact: Eating is 80% of your efforts. Graze at meal times rather than gorge at the end of the day. A great tip is to eat on salad plates because dinner plates are too big. By sticking to portion control regularly, your body will have less to digest at a time, boosting your metabolic rate. And, when you eat mini-meals throughout the day, you won't be hungry for one gigantic meal at the end of the day.

7. Get Your Beauty Sleep & Go To Bed Earlier

Getting to bed earlier is not always easy, especially if you have a busy life that seems to go nonstop all day. But, getting to bed earlier will allow you time to catch plenty of zzz's and your body to recover from the day. If you want your body to perform at its best, sleep is ultra-important. So aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

Life is what you make of it so make today a better day than yesterday. With these everyday rituals, you will slim down, shape up and feel incredible. Life is all about choices so choose to better your health each and every day.