My Gym Bag Essentials
This is for the girls who are just beginning to train in a gym or are considering it. There are a number of things you MUST have with you at the gym for before, during and after your workout.
Gym Bag Essentials for Any Workout
Here are my top 6 gym bag essentials - I always make sure I have these packed and ready to go before I head out to workout.
This is essential to use after your workout. You’ve been gripping sweaty, dirty, handles for most of your session. Although 'most' people are usually considerate enough to wipe down their machines after they finish using them, germs are easily spread (even if there are antibacterial wipes available!) if they aren't killed with disinfectant. There's a reason this is one of my top skincare tips.
If your hair is a sweaty mess after your workout and you need to be somewhere, using some dry shampoo can be an absolute lifesaver!! It refreshes your hair and gets rid of that oily feeling. It's available from almost any chemist/drug store and supermarkets. You just spray it in and comb it through your hair. Easy. Feeling and looking good is possible after the gym!
So many girls underestimate how important it is to wear the correct gym shoes that are supportive and comfortable. If possible, try and dedicate one pair of shoes entirely to exercise only. Not wearing the right type or right quality of shoes can can have a huge impact on your training as well as potentially causing injuries. I specialise in plyometric training so I look for shoes with the perfect amount of support for all that jumping and movement!
Take an iPod filled with your favourite upbeat music. It will help to motivate you and keep you in the zone if it is filled with the best workout songs you know. Mine is filled with my favourite hip-hop and house songs! Just don’t make the horrible mistake of leaving your headphones at home!
Face wipes or Mini Cleanser
It is no secret you get sweaty after a workout, and although that may be satisfying take a moment to think about your skin, especially your face! Sweat can trap dirt and other nasties in your pores, so make sure you wipe over your face when you are done working out to prevent any breakouts.
Take a post-workout snack with you for after your session. I usually take something easy to pack in a container and eat on-the-go, like strawberries or grapes. For an extra boost of energy have a handful of almonds!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.