You need to be prepared for your training sessions, and an important step involves packing all the necessary items in your gym bag. In turn, you need to know the must-haves that you will need before and after your sessions. Here, we look at eight essentials to keep in your gym bag.
Personal care items
Hygiene is important regardless of where or how you train, as there will be a lot of sweating and interactions with other people. Always be prepared to freshen up during and after your sessions by having personal care items in your bag. These should include:
- Flushable wipes
- An extra pair of underwear
- Antifungal spray
- Body wash
- Shower sandals
Workout clothing and shoes
You need breathable and well-fitting gym clothes that will allow you to train with ease. Your training bag should always have your workout clothing, socks, and shoes. A rule is to ensure you pack a fresh set to avoid training with smelly clothing.
Owning a gym towel is an unwritten rule for all fitness enthusiasts and athletes, as there is always the need to wipe the sweat off your body while training. This is part of proper gym etiquette as you do not want to leave behind a mess and make other gym users uncomfortable. It is best to opt for cotton or microfiber towels that are extremely absorbent and dry fast.
It is important to stay hydrated while working out, and one item you must never forget is your water bottle. Packing your reusable water bottle will also make it easy for you to take your water-soluble vitamins and supplements. You will further avoid the inconveniences of constantly making trips to the water fountain.
The strain your body goes through while exercising calls for rebuilding of its glycogen stores to help the body to repair and grow. A light post-exercise snack is a great way to refuel before you get home and have a decent meal. Go for a high-protein snack that will help your muscle tissue heal quickly.
Nothing makes training sessions better than listening to your favorite tracks that help you stay focused. Pack those wireless headphones as they will be more comfortable and will not get tangled on gym equipment.
The type of workout you will be doing needs to dictate the items you carry. For example, if you will be doing heavy squats, you need to carry your knee caps and a belt.
Portable charger and heart-rate monitor watch
You do not want your phone going off while training, especially if you are using it to play music or as a workout log. Carrying a portable charger will ensure you have enough battery to keep going regardless of how long your gym session lasts. You should also strive to own a heart-rate monitor watch to track how your body responds to your workout intensity.
Knowing what to pack in your gym bag is critical as you need to have all essential workout items without making your bag too heavy.
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