Grab your backpack, print your homework and remember to squeeze in that 30-minute cardio routine between your classes. Wait! You’re missing one thing–your gym bag. Having to walk all the way back home to grab your workout gear is a pain and asking a stranger for deodorant is unsanitary–and awkward. Your gym bag is a workout kit and its job is to make your workout more effective and pleasant. So, fill it up with goodies… and that does not mean Hershey’s bar. Here are the top 10 items to remember to take with you to your workout:
Always sip on water to keep your body hydrated. Avoid drinking too much or else you’ll spend more time in the restroom than on the tredmill.
Don’t test the elasticity of your jeans. They will rip. Bring comfortable clothes, such as a T-shirt, shorts or sweat pants. Wear gym shoes, preferably running shoes.
Lifting gloves will help prevent blisters from forming on your hands. Don’t deprive yourself from the weight lifting area at Archbold Gymnasium. Adding weights to your workout will tone you and you’ll see better results.
Listen to music to mute out other noise that may distract you. Update your playlist with your favorite songs that will keep you motivated–and running faster. If you want to be studious listen to an audiobook or bring a book to read on the elliptical or bike.
Please spare the person running next to you and don’t smell atrocious.
Body Wash and 2-in-1 Shampoo
Nothing beats a refreshing shower after an intense workout. Hygiene is essential. Keep yourself clean.
Forgetting your towel could be embarrassing after a shower in the locker room. First, you will air-dry. Second, you will walk butt naked to get your clothes.
Don’t assume that the floor is sanitized. Wear flip-flops in the locker room and in the shower at all times. Athlete’s foot does not make you better at sports.
If you don’t have time to take a quick shower: wipe away your sweat, swipe some deodorant and spray some perfume or cologne to smell fresh a mile away.
Refuel your body with a tasty protein shake. Look carefully at the nutritional content since some are loaded with sugar. Drink your protein shake within 20-minutes after you complete your workout.
By Mayra Najera