Carrying the Weight of Working Out 2

5 Items Every Workout Enthusiast Should Keep in Their Gym Bag

Scent aside, your gym bag is a pleasant partner to accompany you to the gym. But with a limited amount of space, it’s important to pack your gym bag efficiently.  If you’re a true workout enthusiast, cover your nose because it’s time to unzip your gym bag to toss in these five essential items:

1) Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is convenient no matter what you’re doing. It comes in particularly handy at the gym since gyms are danger zones for germs.  In an environment where hundreds of sweaty hands grip, touch, and pull every object, bacteria is sure to be present.  A travel size container of PURELL costs $1 and takes up minimal space.  

2) Proper Nourishment

Nourishment is key to human well-being.  If you’re spending the afternoon lifting to add muscle, pack a protein shake in the mesh beverage holder outside of your gym bag. This leaves more room for energy bars on the inside. If it’s a cardio day, make sure you load a bottle of water to stay hydrated.  Liquids can be heavy, so pack your drinks with consideration.  

3) Music

Music is a great way to keep your mind off the strains of working out.  Take a few minutes and create a gym playlist on Spotify consisting of heavy hitting songs designed to keep your energy high.  Somewhere in your gym bag, keep a pair of earbuds or over the head headphones.  It’s a good idea to keep earbuds wrapped in a plastic bag when stored in your gym bag.  

4) Shower Items

After a 2.5-mile treadmill run, hopefully, a shower is on your radar.  Depending on how deep your shower routine runs, it’s always good to have at least a bar of soap, shampoo and a towel.  Bringing a pair of cheap sandals is a lightweight solution to keep your feet clean from the gym’s public shower floor.  If you’re planning on going full beast mode (and have the bag room), a razor, conditioner and body wash are all great additions.

5) Sneaker Balls

A great invention for shoe odor also serves as a suitable gym bag refresher.  These spherical air fresheners are a perfect way to keep your gym bag smelling pleasant.  Sneaker Balls are easy to toss in your bag while keeping odor, weight and expenses low.