Gym Kit Essentials

Gym Kit Essentials

How to get into exercise

Whether you’re already a devoted gym bunny or have just begun your love affair with the gym having the right kit is important. While the contents of your gym bag will mostly depend on your specific work out routine, for example if you’re just there for the Zumba and a quick dip in the pool you don’t need to be lugging round a bag of chalk and resistance bands, there are some universal items that will come in handy no matter what your doing.

Music & Headphones

Music is one of the best ways to motivate yourself through a work out – try and pick tunes with a strong and steady beat to help you get into a good rhythm. Music without lyrics is also good because it’s less distracting and means you won’t find yourself accidentally singing along – which can be a bit embarrassing in the middle of a busy gym. Don’t rely on your phone to be your DJ, because this can be more of a hindrance than a help when it’s tempting you to check your texts or update your social media, have a dedicated music player that lives in your gym bag.

Comfy Clothes

It never hurts to keep a spare set of gym clothes in your bag, just in case plans change and you find you don’t have time to nip home and change pre-workout. Find clothes that make you feel comfortable in every sense of the word. If you want to wear a pair of shorts go for it, but if you’d rather stick to the joggers then you do you. The most important thing is that your clothes aren’t restrictive and uncomfortable during exercise.

Snack

Is the sound of your stomach rumbling drowning out your music? It’s always good to carry around a healthy snack in your gym bag for this kind of emergency. Bananas are perfect because they are a good source of carbohydrates, as well as containing both potassium and sodium to help you top up your electrolytes and avoid the dreaded muscle cramps. Bringing your own snacks also helps cut the cost of going to the gym because buying things there can be expensive.

Padlock

This depend on the gym you go to, but some will have lockers with no lock. Make sure you invest in a decent padlock to keep all your stuff safe because there is nothing worse than getting to the end of a gruelling workout only to find your things have wandered off. Go for a combination padlock to spare yourself the bother of having to find somewhere to keep a key because exercise clothes don’t always come with pockets.

Deodorant

The last thing you want after a workout is for people to be able to smell you before they see you. Even if you’re waiting till you get home to have a shower be considerate of your fellow gym goers and stick on some deodorant. After all it’s hard enough to bench press 300 kg without trying to hold your nose at the same time.

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated at the gym is important. Make sure you invest in a dedicated gym water bottle that lives in your gym bag so you’re never caught short. If your body loses too much water during exercise you can experience some nasty side effect such as; headaches, dizziness and nausea. Steer clear of dehydration and try to ensure you’re replacing all the water you’ve lost. As with gym snacks there will probably be somewhere to buy drinks, but it will be much more expensive than bringing your own.

Extra Socks

Sweaty clothes are gross at the best of times but being stuck in a soggy pair of socks is the worst. From giving yourself some pretty nasty blisters to providing the perfect breeding ground for the fungus that causes athlete’s foot; you are not doing your feet any favours by wearing wet socks. Keep a spare pair in your bag and that way you can swap to a fresh set as and when you need to.

Hoodie

You’ve just come off an intense workout and you are absolutely boiling and drenched in sweat but give it a couple of minutes and you’ll be glad you stuffed a hoodie in your bag. There is a reason they wrap marathon runners in foil blankets after a race. During exercise your body has used up a lot of energy but not all of it goes into your exercise, some energy is lost as heat to the air around you. Within a few minutes of stopping exercise your body won’t be making all this heat anymore and you’ll be struggling to regulate your internal temperature, so stick on your hoodie and give your body a helping hand.

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