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Packing the Perfect Gym Bag

14th October 2016

When it comes to becoming fully committed to the gym, there are little obstacles you first need to overcome. One of these is learning how to pack the perfect gym kit because - let’s face it - packing your stuff is half the battle. The last thing you want to do is muster up the motivation to go to the gym, only to get there and realise you've left your trainers at home! So let’s look at what you should pack and how to make sure you’ve got it all!

Pack It Up, Pack It In
First things first, find a gym bag that does the job. You don’t want to be lugging a carrier bag full of stuff or chucking various items into your car - these are sure fire ways to forget or lose things. Invest in a high quality, decent gym bag that you can easily carry if you’ve got to take it to work or walk to the gym with it. Bags with multiple compartments will easily allow you to see which parts of your kit are missing, if any. Plus you don’t want your clean t-shirt to end up smelling like eau de trainer.

Comfort is Key
When it comes to gym kit, first and foremost you want to be comfortable and unrestricted. This can be subjective and depending on what you want from your gym session you may decide that loose fitting t-shirts and shorts or joggers may do the trick. But if you're serious about training, you’ll want to get make sure your kit is fitted, breathable and flexible as you don’t want to suffocate or irritate your skin in a cotton top, whilst hiking up your leggings to try and get into that deep lunge. It’s worth investing money to get decent kit, especially if you go to the gym often. The more comfortable you feel, the more you will be concentrating on your workout and not on pulling your baggy trousers up every five minutes during Zumba. One last thing - always keep a spare pair of socks in your bag.

Good Shoes Take You to Good Places
Arguably the most important part of your kit; invest in a high quality pair of trainers. There are different types of shoe for different activities so be sure to specify this when purchasing your trainers. If you’re a runner, get a lightweight shoe with support and good shock absorption. You also want the shoe to be flexible to mimic the motion of your foot when it hits the ground. Finding the right shoes will help you avoid blisters and ankle injuries, and they will also protect your knees from jarring when each foot touches the ground.   

Zone Out
Having a playlist that pumps you up and fires you full of motivation can really improve your workout, except when you forget your headphones. Make sure you buy a good pair of headphones that allow you to move freely and don’t fall out of your ears every 10 steps. There are a multitude of different types out there, (earbud, in-ear, over-ear, out-ear and wireless to name a few), but the truth is that earphones are subjective and it’s not a case of one size fits all. Different people prefer different styles, so be sure to test out a few different types and choose the one that is most comfortable for you. Then all that’s left is to turn up the volume and zone out!

Quench That Thirst
Get yourself a refillable water bottle. This is a great way to ensure you stay hydrated during and after your gym session, and it won’t cost you the earth having to buy new bottles of water each time. Not only will your refillable bottle keep you hydrated, it is also environmentally friendly so it really is win-win- let’s face it, you can never get a decent drink from those water fountains!

Keep Bacteria at Bay
Often overlooked, but changing room floors and showers can carry all sorts of germs. Packing a trusty pair of flip flops will allow you to glide around the changing room without fear of picking up any nasty ailments along the way.