I’ve often marveled at the oversized purses I see friends carrying…do they have a full days worth of food, clothes and a small dog crammed in there? More importantly, doesn’t their shoulder hurt?!
Which also leads me to wonder what folks have in their gym bag? My yogi friends seem to never be without a water bottle, my running friends happily offering up an extra pair of socks and my barbell loving buddies a solid set of lifting gloves.
MY GYM BAG ESSENTIALS
So what makes the cut for my gym bag?? Well it depends on the workout! You’ve seen my must have gear for marathon training, but regardless of the plan to run, lift, swim, bike or yoga these essentials keep all workout excuses at bay:
Yoga towel: Say what you will about enjoying a good sweat, I mostly want to get it off my face post workout and if I have to get in the car I need to protect the seats. Side note for super long runs I actually pack trash bags to cover the seats…what can I say after a FL run it looks like I went swimming.
Water bottle: While I’m not one to drink a ton during a workout, prior to and post workout I am slugging the water. I know it’s going to keep my body going, so with a bottle handy there is no excuse to skip it. I also have my electrolytes ready to roll without hunting for a bottle.
Body Glide: It really only takes one horrible chaffing incident to ensure you never, ever forget this handy dandy little tool again. In fact, I usually go in to red alert when I even think it’s getting low.
Deodorant: Always good for after a shower, but honestly sometimes I feel like I just need a little swipe before I start working out. I have no idea why as BO hasn’t ever really been an issue for me…better safe than sorry mama always said!
Hair band: I have baby hairs that line my adorable little oval face and until the headband became a fashionable statement I generally looked like a crazy woman a few minutes in to every workout.
Extra socks: Though many of you find my blog from the search term “running without socks”, I don’t and I don’t recommend it. I also don’t go barefoot at the gym in anyway shape or form.
Tampons: A hold over from the days where I was coaching a girls volleyball team is Tampax® Pearl® Active™. Lots of reasons for this from “no excuse” to miss the workout, to knowing that it’s actually designed with active females in mind. The Pearl® Active™ has FormFit technology, an extra absorbent braid and it’s super slim making it a little less awkward for younger users.
Food: Let’s be honest I rarely leave home without food…I like to eat and I’m kinda picky. Usually a protein bar is tucked away for crazy days and an apple finds its way as I zoom out the door.
WHAT YOUR BAG SAYS?
If what’s in your purse speaks to your job, family and life situations…what does your gym bag say about you? Is it more about the bag than what’s inside?
Yoga Tote: Don’t pretend you aren’t trying to show off to the world how zen and mature you are.
Sport Sack: Free wins the day! You just need a place to store your stuff and you don’t care where.
Backpack: You have A LOT of stuff that needs to go with you everywhere. You also tend to spend more time on the go and need a bag that is comfortable to carry.
Designer bag: Sometimes a girl wants what a girl wants….sometimes a girl has a shopping problem and is more interested in her workout gear than the actual workout.
The No bag: You look rushed, harried and frazzled as you whirl in to the gym minutes late for a class, but everyone loves you because you have the energy of 10 people. OR you’re a total minimalist and all it took was your wallet and car keys to leave the house.
Or…maybe…you’re like me and have them all!! I guess that means multiple personality disorder!
What’s always in your gym bag?
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Disclosure: This #AwesomelyActive post was sponsored by Tampax® Pearl® Active™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR, all opinions are my own.