You don’t need to carry unnecessary things to the gym. All you need are the essentials.
Here are my top 6 gym bag essentials:
- Footwear: NIKE womens free range sneaker $169.00
Your feet carry you everywhere, to work, to play, to train, so make sure you look after them. Wear the correct footwear for the type of exercise you are participating in. Shoes have different support, stability and grip for different types of exercise – running, tennis and gym workouts. If your shoes are worn out, buy another pair, it’s not indulgent, it is an investment in your health. If there are added benefits in going bare foot for a particular class, Cinderella it, even if it has been a while since your last pedicure.
- Sports bra: Lorna Jane’s Ashlee sports bra $65.99
Who can give their best in a workout if they are distracted by too much jiggle and bounce. Tuck the puppies away in a good sports bra – and for the bustier, a sports bra plus a fitted cropped sports top works best. Not only will this prevent the tearing of muscle fibres that contributes to breast sagging, but it will also stop you inadvertently using your neck muscles in an attempt to support your unruly bosoms.
- Hair tie: Models Prefer assorted super soft hair ties $8.99
It’s hard to concentrate on the exercise in hand and breathe deeply to uptake the oxygen you need for your workout if you have sweaty hair flicking in your eyes and mouth. Tie it up or tie it back, just get it out of your face and off your neck.
- Towel: Celsius exercise towel $19.99
Not only is it good gym etiquette to put down a towel or wipe up a seat when you are sharing exercise equipment with others, having your own towel means you can safeguard against having to sit or lie in the sweaty puddle left by someone else with less than admirable gym manners.
- Water bottle: Brita Fill and Go 600ml bottle $24.00
A dehydrated body cannot generate energy, cool itself or burn fat as effectively. With a multitude of water bottles on the market that are chemical free, filter, or infuse your water with fruit, there is no excuse to be sans aqua during exercise.
- Face wipes: Simple cleansing facial wipes $6.99
If you have had a great workout, chances are you have worked up a good sweat – and opened your pores and expelled toxins. Using a face wipe to clear away the sweat and dirt immediately will ensure it does not dry on your skin, blocking pores, leading to bacterial build up and pimples, before you have had time to get home and jump in the shower.
By Rachel Livingstone, Personal trainer & Owner of The Health Hub: www.healthhub.net.au