Happy Friday! Did this week seem exceptionally long for you?! I am so happy that it’s Friday 🙂 Today I’m linking up for Friday Five 2.0 with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness.
I’m lucky enough to live walking distance away from my gym. I’ve been a member of my gym for about 5 years, so I’ve had a few years to lock down my favorite gym/workout items.
There’s nothing worse than getting to the gym, ready to start your workout, only to realize that you have forgotten an important item. This has happened to me more times that I care to admit, so I started keeping an index card in my gym bag to make sure I always bring the absolute essentials. Here are my top 5 items!
I just purchased this water bottle a few weeks ago, but it has already jumped to the top of my list. I need cold water when I’m working out. Room temperature water just doesn’t cut it. This water bottle is 20 ounces and it keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours! I’ve tested this numerous times and it’s the truth. I love that I can drink my ice cold water (with Nuun) before, during and after my workout. I also purchased one to keep at work because it keeps hot beverages hot for 12 hours. It’s also super affordable (currently on sale for $13.99)!
2. Cosmetics Bag
I use a cosmetics bag to hold all of my small items. There’s nothing more annoying than digging through your gym bag to find a hair elastic or a gel. It’s much easier to keep everything consolidated in one place. I keep hair elastic, a tube of Nuun, gels and chews, my headphones and a bottle of Aleve in my cosmetics bag.
I purchased my cosmetics bag from Old Navy for a few bucks. It’s no longer in stores, but this bag from Target is similar.
I was lucky enough to win a pair of these headphones through a BibRave Twitter chat in 2015 and they have been amazing! They hold a charge for a long time and they are super easy to use. The bluetooth connection always works quickly for my iPod or iPhone. They are especially good for running because they never fall out and they fit comfortably in my ears. I listen to music for ALL of my workouts and runs, so this is definitely an essential item for me!
If I’m at the gym, chances are I am using the weight machines or taking a class such as Boot Camp or Body Works. All of these require lifting weights so I always make sure to have a pair of these training gloves in my gym bag. Wearing gloves helps to prevent calluses and gives a better grip on the weights. Also it helps to keep your hands a little cleaner!
It’s hard to workout if your hair keeps falling in front of your face, so I always wear a GymWrap. These wraps are awesome because they also keep the sweat out of your eyes. It also wicks moisture away from your hair.
Do you have any gym/workout essentials?
In other news, I passed the 3,000 mark on Instagram – THANK YOU! To celebrate and give back to my followers, I’m hosting a giveaway. You can enter here!
I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!