Why You Need A Gym Bag
Often we do not take the content of our gym bag into account when we set a new healthy living goal.
But, honestly, what you pack in your gym bag can make a big impact on the success of your weight loss and/or fitness resolution.
One of the best things you can do for yourself, when you start a new fitness program, is to invest in a gym bag. This bag doesn’t need to be costly or stylish but it does need to be functional.
Having a bag packed, and dedicated exclusively to going to the gym, will help eliminate some of the mental roadblocks that lead to skipped workouts. Likewise, by properly packing your gym bag you can make sure that you and your kids are not caught at the gym, away from the comforts of home, without your personal care essentials.
Gym Bag Essentials
Now I know that many of you are thinking, “This is a very long list of items I need to pack for the gym”. So, let me set your mind at ease by saying, “You do not need to pack each and every single one of these items but they are worth considering”.
For example, if your gym provides free towels, and you are comfortable enough with your gym’s hygiene standards to use their towels, than there is no need for you to pack your own towels.
On the other hand, if you shower at the gym than you must pack a pair of shower sandals because the shower area and locker rooms at any gym are the ideal breeding grounds for a variety of fungal infections including athlete’s foot.
Likewise, you don’t need to pack a variety of Toiletries but there is nothing worse than being stuck at the gym with a chipped nail that is catching on everything. So, pack some toiletries for your own comfort. And, last but certainly not least, DO NOT bring your wallet, credit cards or any valuables such as an expensive wedding band to the gym.
- Membership Card
- Cash including Change for Vending Machines
- ID Card such as Driver’s License (Leave Your Wallet at Home)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Locker Lock
- Water Bottle
- Small Towel
- Large Towel
- Shower Sandals
- Gym Clothes including Socks and Extra Pair of Underwear
- Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes
- Toiletries: deodorant, soap, shampoo, lotion, nail file
- Hair Band, etc.
- Post-Workout Snack
- Small First Aid Kit with Bandaids and Antibiotic Ointment
Gym Bag Extras
- Weight Lifting Gloves, Yoga Mat, Swimming Cap, Jump Rope, etc.
- Ipod, Kindle, etc.
- Heart Rate Monitor
Gym Bag Essentials If You Take Your Kids To The Gym
- Socks (Most Gyms Require Socks)
- Change of Clothes
- Healthy Snacks
- Favorite Coloring Book or Other Calming Activities
- Your Common Sense and Common Courtesy Towards Other Kids & Their Parents
Now I know that the last point mentioned in this list may seem a bit harsh but it is definitely worth remembering.
Let me clarify my point through an example of a woman who simply did not think before picking her kids’ snacks for the gym. She dropped off, at the gym daycare, two little girls (5 and 4 years old) with a bag of peanuts in the shell, for each one. It was obvious that she had picked the snacks up at the corner bodega, in her rush to get to her fitness class on time. The girls (who were very sweet and well behaved) began to peel their peanuts and eat them.
Now being that the girls were so young, some of the peanuts and peanut shells began to end up on the floor. As a result, the lady in charge of the daycare decided to take the peanuts away from the girls and give them some of the crackers she kept on hand as snacks. When their mother came to pick them up she was informed of this incident. Luckily she understood the potential dangers her daughters’ healthy snacks posed to other kids.
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