What’s In Our Gym Bag 

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We really enjoy watching ‘What’s in my bag’ YouTube videos so decided to write a ‘what’s in my gym bag’ blog post. Whether you are popping to the gym or heading to work we always like to carry some essentials with us as you never know when you might need them! Some of the items below we wouldn’t carry to the gym if we didn’t have any plans pre or post workout, instead we would go home and get ready for the day.

At the moment the gym bag Annie is currently using is a black Adidas rucksack and Rachel has a limited edition Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse bag. These rucksacks literally come everywhere with us, they are the perfect size and comfortable to wear.

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Sweat Towel- One of the Boutique gyms we go to actually provides sweat towels which is great as you don’t have to pack your own, if your gym doesn’t provide sweat towels we would suggest bringing your own! There is something worse than using the blue paper towels some gyms provide.

Headphones- When working out alone whether this is running or the gym headphones are essential! Whether you use them to catch up on Youtube when on the treadmill or listen to music when lifting weights. When we work out together we don’t wear headphones as we have each other to talk to.

Water Bottle- It is so important to stay hydrated at the gym. Your ability to perform well will decline if you are dehydrated. Drinking water is essential if you want to get most out of your workout and feel good while you’re doing it. If you don’t drink enough water when working out you may experience dizziness, tiredness and muscle cramps.

Drying Towel- We tend to go to the gym before work and during our lunch break so it’s important we remember to pack a drying towel.

Spare Clothes- Spare clothes are essential if you go to the gym before work or if you have plans post workout.

Wash bag & Make up- Remember to pack make up remover and face wash so you can wash your face pre workout, there is nothing worse than sweating off your make up you have been wearing all day. Other items we like to pack in our wash bag are: Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower gel, Moisturiser and our makeup bag.

Protein Shaker- We like to carry a protein shaker in our bag so we can refuel. This isn’t something we carry in our bag all the time. We would have a protein shake after the gym if we have a while to wait for our next meal e.g. on the way to work pre breakfast.

BLOGMAS Day 10- 5K Reindeer Run

On Sunday 3rd December I (Annie) took part in an annual 5K Reindeer run, the run took place in Coate water Country Park in Swindon. It was a freezing cold but beautiful morning so layers were essential. The run was very picturesque as it started by the woods which we continued to run through. I had never been to Coate Water Country Park before but I will definitely be returning.

There was a £5.00 entry cost and all proceedings went to the Great Western Hospitals breast cancer appeal with brighter futures.  It was great see so many people show up on the day and run the race. There were some great outfits including reindeer onesies, Santa dresses and there was even one man a tutu and vest (he must have frozen).

When we arrived at Coate Water Country Park we queued to get our running number and tracker which we had to wear around our ankle throughout the race. They also handed out some free antlers which made everyone look incredibly festive.

The race started at 10am at the Coate Water Country Park and you finished at the Great Western hospital 3 miles later. When you finished you received a medal and they supplied coffee and mince pies which went down a treat.

I cannot wait to take part next year and I want will be trying to beat my time of 24.46 seconds.

I had a look at the race score board and out of 570 people I came 20th which I am pretty chuffed about seeing as we had been out the night before getting merry at a Christmas party!

 

 

Park Run

On Saturday 5th November we decided to take part in Park Run. If you don’t already know what park run is it is a run that takes places every Saturday morning at 9am in parks all across the UK. Park run is 5KM long it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run everyone is invited to join in.

Make sure you register beforehand and print out your barcode so you can take part in the run. The bar code will measure your time but that’s not really what the run is all about. The run is only 5KM long as it gives everyone the chance to get involved even if you are walking at the end.

When we turned up on Saturday morning we didn’t really know what to expect. It was a bitter cold morning, but there was no rain in site. 332 people turned up to do the run which is amazing, it’s good to see everyone getting involved first thing on a Saturday.

The route was pretty flat which was great, the only downside was the fact you had to repeat the route twice. We usually prefer to run where you don’t repeat your route as it can become boring, but it was fine for only three miles.

All of the events are run by dedicated groups of volunteers who are amazing at getting everyone organised. They are also great at cheering everyone along and there is even a photographer taking photos on your way round.

It was great to see a variety of ages getting involved in the run! There were adults, kids and even babies being pushed along in there pushchairs (they were having a great time). We even noticed some tourists were taking part in the run and had travelled all the way from Iceland-amazing.

We had a great time and loved every minute of it, we will definitely be going back for more!

After the run we popped to Joe and the juice for a morning coffee. If you have never been  to Joe and the juice before you need to go! Not only do they serve amazing coffee (we had iced coffees) the service is always amazing. The staff always look like they are having a great time and they always have great music playing.

Let us know if you have taken part in the park run before or plan to in the future 🙂

Running in your lunch break


We find running outside far more enjoyable than running on a treadmill. We have been running in the evenings for about a year now and really enjoy it.  A few months ago we decided to go for a run on our lunch break, this is something we had discussed for a while but had never actually got round to going. It’s a great way to fit in some cardio in if you don’t have time to go to the gym that day.

We put some time in our diaries at the beginning of the day, once your run is scheduled in you know you have dedicated that time to run. We get a one hour lunch break so decided to give ourselves 5 minutes to get changed, 30 minutes to run and 25 minutes to cool down, shower and eat lunch.

You could even invite your co-workers along with you so it becomes a social activity which could even lead to a work running club. Running with friends makes time go so much quicker and you will have completed the 3 miles before you know it.

It is so important to get some fresh air at lunch time and you will more than likely return back to your desk in a better mood, less stressed and ready to focus.

We have found it is important to work out a running route before you start the run to ensure you don’t waste time figuring out which way to go. We used map my run, which is really great and easy to use. If the route doesn’t work well for you after trying it out then think of a different route for next time it can be trial and error to begin with. For example running near Waterloo and Westminster (Particularly Southbank and Westminster Bridge) can be tricky at lunch time as it can become very overcrowded.

If you are trying to improve your speed then we would suggest running the same route so you can track how quickly you are running. Of course running the same route may quickly become boring so you could try mapping out a few runs and keeping track of your fastest times on each of these run. This way you will be able to keep track on whether you are maintaining your pace, speeding up or slowing down If you aren’t trying to improve your speed then why not try lots of different routes and get to know the local area a bit better, running is a great way of getting to know your surroundings as you can get to places a lot quicker than walking.

Another tip would be to prepare your lunch for work that day. You don’t want to waste time queuing up for lunch after your run, so make it the night before or buy it on your way into work. If you know you are running at lunch time then make sure you have prepared or purchased food that is going to refuel your body.

Happy Running.

Walking Workout

Walking its free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people HATE walking. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs. There are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

Growing up our parents were all keen walkers, at the weekend we used to go on family walks which at the time we hated! We didn’t understand why our parents enjoyed walking and we certainly didn’t agree when they said ‘come on it will be fun’.

Now we go on walks all the time exploring new places whether this is in the beautiful countryside or exploring the streets of a bustling city. If we have the option of walking or using transport we will always choose walking.

A walking workout will help strengthen your heart and lungs whilst also toning your legs and bum (Bonus).  Walking is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight and strengthen your bones and muscles both of which are incredibly important.

Last year we each purchased a Fitbit so we could keep track of how many steps we were taking in a day, working in an office can reduce your daily step count dramatically so we wanted to make sure we met our daily target of 10,000 a day every day. The Apple Iphone also comes with a ‘Health’ app that will tell you how many steps you walked in a day.

Ways to make your walk more enjoyable

  1. arrange to meet your friend for a walk, this way you are less likely to cancel as you have made a commitment.
  2. Explore new places
  3. If you are walking on your own try listening to some music or a Podcast.
  4. Phone a friend and have a catch up (time will fly by)
  5. Pack some healthy snacks and water if you are going on a long walk.

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.


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