You’ve finally gotten into a groove—going to the gym every day, eating right, feeling good about your progress. Then it happens. You get sick. And as you cope with a steadily worsening cough, runny nose and sore throat, you start to battle with yourself: I can still exercise! I’m not that sick. I should stick to my routine. Right?
I know your to-do list is a mile long (mine is too!). So when you do make it to the gym, it’s probably before or after work, or in between your son’s parent-teacher conference and your daughter’s softball practice. That’s where a well-stocked gym bag comes in handy. Just keep it in the car and you’re always ready to go!
But what exactly should you pack? Here are my top six gym bag essentials:
So, it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a gym. Just the thought of all those machines and lean bodies can be intimidating! Where do you start? First, realize that you’re doing something positive for yourself and take that initial step to get back there. Don’t worry about the other people. They’re all caught up in their own workouts.
When I think of vacation, I think of having fun and not having to worry about my day-to-day routine back home. But if going to the gym is part of your daily ritual, it might be a good idea to keep it up, even when you’re away. Here are some tips for squeezing fitness into your travel schedule:
I think most people consider me a helpful, friendly, talkative person. Outside the gym, this is true. But while I’m training, I’m a different person.
Like so many other women, I have a limited amount of time to spend at the gym. During the hour and a half that I’m there, it’s “my time”— I don’t have to be available for anyone else. So I choose to focus on my training, rather than socializing.
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I know I’m not the only one who feels that, on some days, the To Do list never seems to end. I do my best to stay organized and manage my time efficiently, because if I don’t—nothing will get done.
Hitting the gym is one to-do item that can be easily knocked right off my list, so on especially busy days, I make it a priority to get there early. Of course, this may mean having to go straight from a doctor’s appointment, school meeting or other important errand. And with more to do afterward, there isn’t always time to run home, shower and get ready as I normally would.
Luckily, there are some products and tricks I use to feel my best after a workout, even when a shower isn’t possible. In my gym bag, I keep a little kit packed with the following:
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