Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve been adding more outdoor activities to my weekly workout routine, like extra walks with Kingston, weekend hikes with the family and some lightweight training outdoors. Since I try to be active for at least an hour each session, I always carry a specific set of workout essentials with me, even if I’m not headed to the gym. A little prep beforehand ensures I keep my pace up and distractions at a minimum!

Workout Essentials that Function In AND out of the Gym via @GirlWithCurves

Thanks to Fabletics for partnering on this post.

Here are a few of my personal must-haves for in and out of the gym, including the activewear and accessories I turn to for an extra boost of motivation. Having these items on hand gets me into the right mindset immediately, and reminds me that every workout is my time to take care of my mind and body – I never leave home without them.


Because my hair is so thick, my hairline sweats a lot during workouts. To maintain a clear field of vision, I always wear this type of headband when I work out, which also looks great with my go-to messy top knot. 


Workout gear I can wear in and outside of the gym always scores big in my book. As I mentioned recently, Fabletics just extended their range to 3X and it’s completely taken my workout wardrobe up a notch! If you’re not familiar with the company and its amazing shopping model, here’s how it works: you tell Fabletics your style preferences, they curate new selections for you to shop each month, and if you sign up for the Flexible VIP Membership, you’ll receive up to 50% off retail prices, exclusive access to members-only collections, and exciting community perks like free workout videos and offers from health and wellness experts. I’m wearing this Double Layer Top and Legging above.


While I’m not a runner anymore, great training shoes are still a must during whatever activity I’m doing to get a workout. I love these because they work great for workouts but are stylish enough to wear to run errands or during travel if I want something comfier than flats.


I often go straight from my workouts to run errands before heading home to work, so I like to carry a stylish tote that doesn’t scream “gym bag.” This one is super cute, I sometimes use it as a laptop bag or an overnighter on weekend getaways.


My trainer clued me in to how important it is to track my heart rate during workouts and I’ve been wearing a heart rate monitor watch ever since. I love the this one because it also has a built-in GPS, tracks my activity level so I can improve my performance, and can sync with my phone so I can get text alerts and stay on schedule without having to take out my phone every few minutes.

P.S. – The winners of the Fabletics gift cards are Luci Lopez and her friend, Brittany White. Please email me at to claim your prizes and thanks to everyone who entered!