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.
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.
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.
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.