I was asked to share with you what’s in my gym bag. A bit confusing as I do not use a gym bag, I use a backpack but I guess it is pretty much all the same and it doesn’t really matter what “tool” we use to carry things around.
Have a peak… this is my gym bag in all its glory…
When I venture into a gym not only do I use the cardio machines I also go swimming as well. I find swimming very relaxing and it is a perfect end to my workout. So my gym bag contains maybe a few more items that your standard gym bag should have.
Let’s have a closer look…
Oh yes, it is very important to have the right footwear. I actually do not think that my ones are an ideal gym shoes but they work for me. A bit higher than your standard trainer for that extra ankle support and of course they are a Gore-Tex type so my feet do not smell after hours of sweating on the bike or a treadmill.
I like things simple so all I take for a gym session is a pair of pants, T-shirt and a spare pair of socks (mainly because I normally like to wear colourful, silly socks and they just do not go with my gym outfit). I tend to stick with cotton clothing. I know that there are a lot of manmade fabrics which are supposed to be better for you that help you to sweat or not (depending on what you pick) but personally I just like to wear natural fibres like cotton.
As for the swimming component of my gym routine I will take a swimming costume, swimming cap and a pair of goggles. My sister thinks that I look silly in my swimming cap, but it helps to keep my hair under control and in a good condition. When I first started to swim after a month or so my hair was totally ruined… worse still there was nothing my hairdressers could do to fix it. She advised me to always wear a swimming cap and to use a deep conditioner afterwards, so this is what I do and so far no more hair problems. I do actually have a pair of flip-flops to go with these bits as well, but it seems that they are nowhere to be found… I guess they must be in the boot of the car which annoyingly is in London at this moment.
This is my small selection of items I take with me. I do not carry a shower gel, I use the one provided by the gym. I also do not need to carry any towels with me as they are also provided. I do however take my own shampoo and conditioner just to be on the safe side, and to keep my hair in check of course.
The ubiquitous bottle of water, some fresh fruit and some kind of nutritional snack are must haves after a good workout. I always seem to feel hungry when I leave the gym so I never forget about something to eat and an extra drink. Having a good energy bar, protein bar or a fruit one afterwards can really make my tummy feel happier.
So this is what’s in my gym bag.
Do you have any gym essentials you wouldn’t want to leave behind?
Anything you think I should be taking that I currently am not?
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