What’s in my gym bag?

Hello, my fabulous readers!

How are you doing?! The weekend is in sight woo! As you already know that I am a very keen gym enthusiast and I love going to the gym! It helps me mentally and physically when I am having a bad time!

I have different things in my gym bag depending on what I am training.

So here is my gym essentials what I love and what I use on the regular.

Towel 

Gym towel

This is the most boring thing but it is handy if you wanted to put these on the seats of the machines so it saves from different peoples sweat because I do that! As I don’t want to touch other people sweat as that is grim! I also have another towel in my gym bag for after post-workout to wash the face to get rid of sweat. I like to do that because it helps my face to protect it from spots! I also have a shower after so yeah towels are the best essential.

Headphones 

Headphones

Headphones are a saviour to any workouts. I have tried going to the gym without headphones and I can tell you now I could not focus! Also if you have anxiety or bad thoughts like myself and it is flaring up very badly. I use them and they work! I bring my two headphones with me. I have air pods which are Bluetooth connected and I have my wired headphones always in my bag just in case I forget to charge my airpods.

Phone & Apple Watch & Camera 

I watch workout videos to use as it helps when I need inspiration. I use my stopwatch when I am doing circuits. I also film some content on my camera for upcoming posts and instagram content. I also use my phone for my playlists. I either have lifting or a cardio playlist to get me pumped and ready to smash a gym session! I have an apple watch tracker to track how many calories I burn when I am lifting or doing cardio training! It is also very handy for when I go to sleep it tracks how many hours I sleep! Also, I can answer texts while I am training on my watch so I don’t need to use my phone and get distracted.

Deodorant & Roll-on Antiperspirant 

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Well, I love smelling nice anywhere and especially the gym. While I am working out is a must too! Due to sweat! I have a shower after my gym sessions so I use my deodorant and roll-on antiperspirant after my shower so I can smell nice after my gym session! 

Long & Short resistance bands 

 

Resistance bands are a must! I use them when I am training my legs and glutes. I use the long bands when I am doing branded assisted pull-ups as it helps me! I use them for my upper body too and sometimes lower body! I recommend using resistance bands for when you are working out. 

Water Bottle 

Water

It’s essential to bring a water bottle to the gym as its allowing you to keep hydrated during your workout. It is recommended to drink around 2 litres. Water is very important for our brains and bodies to help us survive and not to be dehydrated.  

Cable Straps & Barbell Pad 

Right now.. My barbell pad kind of looks like a giant tampon but know it does not go near your bits! I use a barbell pad to help me when I am doing hips thrusts as our pelvic area is so easy to bruise! I tried to do a hip thrust without anything protecting me and damn it hurt! Sometimes when I use it when I am squatting with a barbell. 

Cable straps are for when I am using the cable machine for booty days! Trust me, doing cable kickbacks help grow that booty! 

Training Log 

Training Logs

I do not bring all 4 training logs but I wanted to show the different kinda training logs you could get with your money! I currently take the pink one with me when I smashed a new personal best or to keep track of how much weight I am lifting. Sometimes I do it old school and write my workout out on the paper but normally I write it in my notes section on my phone! 

Lip Balms & Hairbands

These are very small things to pack in my gym bag but they are the most used. Hair bands are to tie my hair up before my workout. So, I don’t have hair flying around when I am doing star jumps or box jumps. I pack lip balms in my bag because sometimes my lips are not moisturised when I am working out due to sweat. 

Lifting gloves & Liquid Chalk

When I am lifting weights I wear gloves and I sometimes use chalk as it helps my grip when I am holding the bar. So these are my favourite things when I am lifting!

Trainers

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I wear two kinds of trainers when I am training. I wear flat shoes for leg day such as vans or converse when I am lifting as its the closest to the floor if I wear a pair of shoes with a cushioned soles it is not recommended. I wear my trainers such as Nikes or Adidas when I am training other any part of the muscle group. 

What do you pack in your gym bag? 

I would love to know!  

Comment below! 

See you later x 

Don’t forget to connect with me on my social media accounts and if you are looking to collaborate with me or want to send me PR, please check out the links below!

Shannondianax@outlook.com

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Twitter – @SDianaax 

All my views shared on my blog are my own and are not influenced in any way.

What is bipolar disorder?

Hello, my fabulous readers, 

I want to write a mental health post today as when I started this blog back in late 2017 early 2018 it was all about mental health as it is very important that we talk about our feelings rather than keeping our emotions to ourselves. I have bipolar disorder. I want to share awareness of this illness. As it’s invisible and chronic to individuals who don’t have this illness. 

How I manage my bipolar, I have medication which is called quetiapine which is an antipsychotic and paroxetine which is an antidepressant. I also go to the gym when I mentally & physically can.  

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar is a mental illness that affects your mood and energy. You will likely experience a high episode (manic) or a low episode (depressive) sometimes you experience a psychotic episode.

Mania – A severe form that lasts for a longer period. May last a week or two. 

Hypomania – A milder version of maina that lasts for a short period of days. 

Depression – Persistent sadness and loss of interest. It is different from normal mood changes. 

Symptoms of maina & hypomania – 

How you might feel – (Some of the symptoms I have experienced)

  • Sociable 
  • Racing thoughts 
  • Restless 
  • Heightened senses
  • High self-esteem
  • Creative 

How you might behave – (Some of the symptoms I have experienced) 

  • Risky behaviours 
  • Talkative
  • Hard to stay still and concentrate
  • Impulsive decisions 
  • Not sleeping 
  • More energy than usual 

Symptoms of depression 

How you might feel – (Some of the symptoms I have experienced) 

  • Not being interested in life or hobbies
  • Suicidal 
  • Low confidence and lacking self-esteem
  • Tired and sluggish
  • Tearful or upset
  • Agitated 

How you might behave – (Some of the symptoms I have experienced) 

  • Being withdrawn or avoiding people 
  • Self-harming or attempting suicide
  • Being less active than usual
  • Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much 
  • Misusing drugs or alcohol 
  • Not doing things you normally enjoy 

The next mental health post will be all about the types of bipolar! I want to break it down so I can raise awareness properly! 

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See you later! x 

Don’t forget to connect with me on my social media accounts and if you are looking to collaborate with me or want to send me PR, please check out the links below! 

Shannondianax@outlook.com

Lifestyle Instagram – @ShannonDianaxx

Fitness Instagram – @SDFITUK

Twitter – @SDianaax 

All my views shared on my blog are my own and are not influenced in any way.

 

My Workout Routine

Hello, my fabulous readers,

First time when I stepped into the gym I was anxious and was like shit, I won’t be able to work the machines or people will stare at me. The weights area scared the hell out of me. I was a cardio junkie. I never touched weights as they scared me in case I would mess up or drop them.

But now, 8 months in I love the gym and it has helped my mental health. I made friends who are like family to me. I also go into the weights area! My best advice is when you are going to the gym is to make sure you have some sort of plan as it helps you get used to the machines or weights. Ask for help from the staff, I can promise they won’t judge you as everyone has to start somewhere.

I didn’t have a workout routine, because I didn’t know what I wanted from the gym. But now, 8 months in I decided I want to gain muscles and get toned as well. I have been using this app called Shreddy which I love as it’s my own custom-made plan on my phone which is easy and good for storage as I don’t need space in my gym bag.

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It’s a 12-week plan.  It matches how many times you go to the gym with the workouts. I use to go 4 times a week but due to my illness and being poorly I go 2/3 times a week. I do my strength training first before doing cardio. So I can gain strength and improve my cardio!  

On the app, it has a warm-up and a finisher exercise so you can warm up safely and cool down properly so you reduce your risk of injuring yourself.  

Monday is push day

Push day means that you are training your upper body by pushing your muscles. You could be training your chest, shoulders and triceps. 

Example – Chest press or shoulder press! 

Tuesday is pull day 

Pull day means that you are training your upper body by pulling your muscles. You could be training your back or biceps. 

Example –  Banded pull ups or bent over row! 

Wednesday is leg day 

Leg day means that you are training your entire lower body. You could be training your quads, hamstrings, calves and abdominals. 

Example – Deadlifts or Lunges! 

Thursday is booty day 

Booty day means that you are training your glutes. 

Example – Squats or hip thrusts! 

Friday is full body day 

Full body means that you are training your entire body. By doing exercises of each muscle group. 

Example – Clean and press or leg raises! 

Do you go to the gym? What is your workout routine! Drop your questions below and I will answer them! 

See you later! x 

Don’t forget to connect with me on my social media accounts and if you are looking to collaborate with me or want to send me PR, please check out the links below! 

Shannondianax@outlook.com

Lifestyle Instagram – @ShannonDianaxx

Fitness Instagram – @SDFITUK

Twitter – @SDianaax 

All my views shared on my blog are my own and are not influenced in any way.