There are certain things that are absolutely essential to bring with you when going to the gym. I am notorious for getting to the gym and realising I have forgotten something essential… like water, or a towel. So, to put an end to my forgetfulness I have put together a list of gym essentials!
Change of Clothes
Bring along some spare gym clothes just in case you have to go to the gym straight from school or work. Pack some casual loose fitting clothes and thongs for after your workout as well so your not sitting in your sweaty gym clothes on the way home.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, some gyms can be really lenient with their towel policies but I strongly recommend using a towel. So many people use the equipment and machines before you and the germ build-up would be disgusting. You don’t necessarily need to bring a full-sized towel with you either, a face washer or even a tea towel would do just fine. It’s a good idea to bring two towels with you as the second one comes in handy for wiping off your own sweat afterwards.
Every time you visit the gym it is important that you always have your water bottle handy. Staying hydrated while working out is extremely important. Although, most gyms have water fountains so don’t stress if you left it at home.
Music and Headphones
Sometimes you just don’t want to listen to the music playing at the gym – or the dude dramatically grunting and counting his reps. You own music is a must… it blocks out distractions and lets you really get in the zone and focus.
– Bluetooth headphones are the way to go. Not having to worry about getting tangled up in cords and ripping out your headphones by accident makes everything so much easier –
When working out you will always want your hair tied up so that it doesn’t get caught in any machines. You also don’t want the oil from your hair to rub off on your already dirty and sweaty skin so keep 1 or 2 on your wrist.
Facial Cleansing Wipes (Or Baby Wipes)
There is seriously nothing better than using a face wipe after a gym session…nothing. When you sweat, your pores begin to clog up and you should always rinse off as soon as possible to avoid breakouts. I need cleansing wipes after gym because they’re perfect for the drive home when all your really thinking about is a shower.
Feminine Hygiene Products
You just never know, so it’s always a good idea to keep them on hand to avoid embarrassing situations. Even just one or two for emergencies can be absolute lifesavers
Post Workout Snack
Post Workout Nutrition is extremely important for any gym session. By consuming the right nutrients after your workouts, you will improve your body composition, performance and overall recovery. Read more on Post Workout Nutrition here.