We’ve all done it, gone to the gym and forgotten something and no one likes walking out of the gym pant-less.
Here’s a quick little list so you can always be prepared, including an additional list for those of you who like to take your workouts outside!
Gym Bag Essentials
#1 Gym Towel
No one likes using sweaty equipment, so be considerate and take a gym towel with you. Not only will it help you keep your sweat from stinging your eyes, but you’ll be able to wipe down equipment after (or even before) use.
#2 Water Bottle
Our skin dries out even quicker than usual in the winter, so keeping sure you’re on top of your hydration is key.
This is even more important when you’re working out frequently. Don’t ruin your workout by having to pop off the machine every 5 minutes to queue up at the water fountain!
#3 Music (+ headphones!)
If you’re one of those people who need music to pump you up for a workout, make sure you have a workout playlist and a pair of headphones you can keep in your gym bag so you’re always ready to workout.
#4 Locker money/gym padlock
Or, if you’re going for a run, a note so you can stop and get yourself a drink if need be.
#5 BCAAs to sip during a workout
BCAAs are great for reducing muscle breakdown, helping repair muscles after a workout, and staying hydrated.
These little amino acids not only taste great, but they help prevent DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) too.
#6 Post-Workout Recovery Protein shake
Add a scoop to a shaker cup or grab a one portion sachet, and you’re good to go – all you need to do then is add water and shake. Whey protein is great for post workout as it aids muscle recovery and helps prevent DOMS
Post Workout Essentials
For obvious reasons…
Shower gel & towel
Deodorant & moisturiser
Hair Brush & straighteners
Clean Clothes (don’t forget your pants…)
Outdoor Workout Essentials
To help keep the wind and rain off you while running, these are essential. They’re also really light, and don’t add too much temperature-wise, so the chances of overheating are minimal.
As your hands are extremities, they’ll be the first part of you to get cold. You can buy exercise gloves that will keep them warm, without soaking up the sweat and smelling afterwards.
To keep your ears warm on a cold winter run. It sounds silly, and it may even look silly, but if you’re the type of person who gets cold ears, you’ll thank me later.