Most of us are often on the go throughout the day and need to be prepared for pre, during and post workout situations. Some people even need to be able to look somewhat presentable…after hitting the gym! What a challenge. Am I right?
Make sure you are fitness class ready by stocking your gym back with the essentials. Be 100% prepared for the workout, for the cool down and to hit the road right after. The ideal scenario would be, to be able to relax, shower and head on home, but who knows who we might run into on our way home. Just in cause, we think it would be best look a tad bit put together. Don’t you agree?
Besides packing an extra shirt, we recommend that you include the following:
What is in your gym bag?
Be sure you have a little something in your belly pre workout so that you do not get hypo-glycemic and end up feeling ill while exercising. Pack a fruit like a banana or an apple! However if you are looking for something with more protein, try a protein cookie like Lenny & Larry’s! Their snickerdoodle is to die for yummy!
Never go for a workout without water! Try the Swell Bottle – it really keeps your drink cool for a long time and is very cute too.
No one wants to be a sweaty mess, dripping all over the place and splattering onto the people around you. Be sure to pack a small towel to keep by your side. The classic cotton towel Is great but try a microfiber towel as it is extremely absorbent and easy to pack. The microfiber towels byYouPhoria are top notch.
Please back some flip flops! Never shower in public showers barefoot (yuck)!
You never know if you may get nicked by something or end up slightly wounded while at the gym. Bring some band-aids with you just in case. The flexible band-aid by Band-Aid are ideal for an active person.
Anyone, male or female, with long hair will need a good hair tie. The Goody no slip, grip hair ties are the perfect partner for a cardio workout because they really stay put!
If you need to run off to meet someone or do some errands after your workout, be sure to buy and pack some dry shampoo in your gym bag. It is a lifesaver! They quickly absorb excess oil and make your hair look less stringy. Try Dove, Oribe or Living Proof.
Never forget to use deodorant pre workout and to apply again post workout! A great sports companion is a spray on deo. In addition to that, be sure to always have a refreshing cologne or body mist. One that is citrus for example, as it helps cut through the sweat. Try Fresh’s Grapefruit or Fresh Life or, the classic Acuqa di Parma.
If you are not going to shower immediately after the workout then please bring some cleansing wipes with you. Good old baby wipes are perfect and will do the job! Make up removing wipes will strip impurities off but can sometimes leave you feeling a bit oily. We recommend either baby wipes or these sport specific wipes instead:
The ShowerPill Athletic Body Wipe is large, thick and does not have any perfume like aroma. It has aloe, vitamin E and disinfectant properties too.
Sweat Cosmetics wipes which you can find at Sephora are also great as they are individually packed and great for travel. They are oil free and contain vitamins, green tea and coconut water.
Photo: Courtesy of Mio Skin Care
The Mio Skincare after workout wipe is also a great go-to.
Evian water spray
Photo: Courtesy of Evian
This refreshing mist is perfect especially if you are working out, outdoors!
Oil absorbing powder
The Face Shop has a great transparent oil blotting powder that effectively reduces shine.