If hitting the gym on the regular is a new habit or resolution, it can be tough to remember exactly what to bring. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. From the best gear and apparel to our favorite snacks and shower supplies, here’s everything you should pack in your gym bag this year.
First things first… collect your workout attire.
Bold shades and prints remain a hot athleisure trend, so choose a bright (and supportive) sports bra to pair with your colorful, patterned leggings.
As for your top, a moisture-wicking tank is definitely the best choice. Your sweat will evaporate quickly and easily, keeping you cool and dry throughout your entire routine. It’s also a good idea to have a sweatshirt on hand – you might want it for your warm up or if you take your workout outside.
Finally, it’s always important to remember your athletic shoes and socks (unless you’re planning to practice your yoga flow, of course).
Next, pack your gym necessities. We’re talking post-workout snacks, shower essentials and more.
During your workout, you’ll need a water bottle and headphones. They’ll keep you motivated and hydrated until it’s time to cool down.
Post-workout, it’s important to have a high-protein snack (or two) to refuel. Energy bars, almond butter and fruit are all great choices. When it comes to re-hydration, opt for electrolyte-filled drinks in addition to your water.
When you’re feeling re-energized and ready to hit the showers, you’ll want to have lotion and a hair brush on hand. For pain-free detangling, pick up a Wet Brush at Meijer – they’re specially made for damp locks, so they comb through hair effortlessly.
Finally, if you don’t have time to shower, make sure to use a face wipe. It’s crucial to remove sweat from your skin to prevent breakouts!
Now that you’ve got your fitness essentials on lock, time to get to the gym and crush your next workout!