8 Things You Need In Your Gym Bag
12th September 2017
Some of these items are simple, but forgetting one of them could ruin your workout, make sure you've packed these essentials!
Nothing beats cold water after a workout and nobody enjoys waiting in line at the water fountain for water, so always remember to bring a water bottle.
Chances are your feet are going to work hard. So make sure you wear the correct type of shoes, such as running shoes which have inbuilt shock absorbers. Choose a shoe which is comfortable and that is going to last. Improper work out footwear can lead to injuries and ankle strain. Make sure your shoes fit well and if you’re a keen runner you replace them regularly.
When you’re red in the face and pretty hot and sweaty after a workout this is when a sweat towel comes in handy. Sweating is a good sign, it helps you get rid of toxins and regulates your body temperature to stop over heating. Think about how many people have used your treadmill, rowing machine or cross trainer before you, carrying a sweat towel and bringing it to your workout session gives you that extra bit of cleanliness and means you can wipe down your machine for the next user.
Antiperspirant or deodorant is an essential to your gym bag. Always apply some extra deodorant before your workout begins, your gym mates will thank you for it. Even the freshest-smelling people can have others reaching for their gas masks during a vigorous workout.
Always bring an extra shirt to the gym so you can change after your session. It’s never good being caught in your sweaty gym wear if you are asked to catch up with some friends after your workout.
Our Gyms don’t have inbuilt locks so bring a simple combination lock with you to keep your stuff safe.
Nothing can ruin a workout quicker than a low-quality pair of headphones. We have all been there, on the treadmill, fighting to keep the music in your ears. Make sure you buy a pair that fit securely in your ear and are sweat proof.
Scales don’t tell the whole story. You could work out all week, go out for food on Sunday, step on the scales on Monday and find your weight is higher than before. This is when a lot of members freak out and fall off the wagon. If you’re training the right way you might not lose weight as fast as you might if you starved yourself and ran 20 miles a day. If you’re getting stronger and more muscular your scale will not budge and if you’re using that as your measuring stick you will get discouraged by lack of progress. This is why using a fitness tracker is great, get one which will check how many calories you’ve burned, steps you’ve taken and heart rate.
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