Day 9: Investment Equals Priority

Invest in your health and fitness by getting workout toys, apparel and accessories, and cooking tools that make it more fun.

It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person’s priorities by where they spend their time and money. I agree. I know that I personally spend my time and money on the things that I value most. So if health and fitness are important to you, make the decision to treat them as such. We've been talking a lot about where you spend your time (attention) throughout this challenge. Today, let's talk about investing your dollars in tools and resources that help you to make the lifestyle of health and fitness easier and more enjoyable.

Making health and fitness fun

There are all kinds of ways that you can add some excitement and fun into your health and fitness. Here are a few of my favorite examples:

1. Workout Toys

Trying out new workout toys like the Valslide, Gymboss, Garmin, TRX, foam roller, a new yoga mat or a Yogitoes yoga towel, are great ways to add some excitement. It’s fun to try new things and add some variety to your routine. Let’s not forget the tunes either. You’ve gotta have a good quality iPod (or other music producing device) and arm band so you can listen to your favorite playlist to get revved up! Trying out a new workout class, yoga studio, or even making the decision to join a gym would also fall into this category.

2. Style, Comfort, and Quality

Adding to your collection of stylish and comfortable workout apparel and accessories definitely amps up the excitement. Quality and comfort especially go a long way for making exercise more fun. I notice a huge difference, for example, in the quality and fit with my Lululemon yoga pants compared to my yoga pants from Express. I've also become quite the tank top connoisseur... you'd think that a tank top is a tank top, but no. I've had my share of shrink-after-one-wash, ride-up-into-your-pits uncomfortable lessons learned. When you feel good in your workout gear, you're more excited about working out! Things like Splits59 super soft and lux workout tops, Lululemon yoga pants (for guys and girls), sports bras and jackets, and Hard Tail Forever tops and bottoms are some of my top choices. As for accessories, the Live Well 360 Core bag is an excellent example of a gym bag that looks stylish, comfortable to wear, and will last for a really really long time.

3. Function

Function is incredibly important when it comes to workout gear. Getting new running shoes with adequate arch support, or even these awesome socks from Asics, that selectively support different areas of your feet, can make a world of a difference in performance. I love the feeling of putting on a new pair of workout shoes or socks like these. It makes me want to head straight to the gym and test them out!

4. Cooking

Having the right tools in the kitchen makes cooking at-home easier and more fun. Essentials like great pots and pans and sharp knives can make whipping up a healthy and delicious meal a breeze. I also really like having an assortment of interesting small plates and bowls to choose from. For some reason, it's way more fun to eat a small portion out of a cute cozy little bowl than it is to eat it off of a giant lonely plate. Innovative cookbooks help to make eating healthy more fun too. A couple of my favorites are Gourmet Nutrition and Deceptively Delicious, however this is one case where I often invest time rather than money, gathering a lot of my inspiration through blogs like,, and recipe sites like and There are tons of ways to set yourself up for success with health and fitness by getting the tools and resources that make this lifestyle more fun. For more fun ideas, check out Leigh Peele’s list, 55 Gifts You Will Beg People To Give You. What are a few ways that you invest in tools and resources that help make health and fitness more enjoyable?
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