Don’t Bury Your Workout Accessories

Small healthy changes repeated over and over again are what will change our bodies in time for summer weather.

I thought of this tip as I was cleaning out my small home gym recently. I own a Pilates reformer as I’ve taken lessons for over eight years and I know the ropes (no pun intended). If you’ve ever taken a lesson on a reformer, you may have seen the “Reformer Box” which you set on top of the carriage to do some wonderful toning exercises for butt and core. Thing is, instead of using the box for exercise purposes, I chose to set it in the corner, flip it over and store my weights, exercise bands, foam circle, foam roller and other things inside since it’s hollow. Chock full of all that stuff, there was no way I was going to use the reformer box when doing my Pilates circuit. Instead I chose to skip the box exercises all together (a huge injustice to a full-body reformer workout). I have since moved all of my things out of the box and set them in another corner.

So don’t bury your workout accessories. I know it is nice to have order in your workout space (especially when it may be a corner in your bedroom or another dual purpose room in your house), but putting your equipment where you can’t see it or get to it, just makes you forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind. This also adds to getting stuck in an exercise rut and just doing the same routine because you can’t be bothered with finding that set of weights or jump rope.

This is my Pilates reformer we used for a jewelry photo shoot. The long box, when not holding my free weights, sits both vertically and horizontally on the reformer bed for some amazing exercises.

This is my Pilates reformer we used for a jewelry photo shoot. The long box, when not holding my free weights, sits both vertically and horizontally on the reformer bed for some amazing exercises. Photo courtesy of Stacy Kinzler.

The same holds true for workout attire. Make sure that you have your favorite sports bras, yoga pants and tank tops easily accessible so you aren’t spending time digging through layers of clothing you never wear to get to them. Your workout should be a physical challenge, but getting to your gym accessories and attire shouldn’t be. – CC

 

 

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