If someone would check all the New Year’s decisions people make every December or January, most of them would be about getting fit. If you have promised yourself at the beginning of this year that you will finally get in shape but your gym bag is still collecting dust at the bottom of your closet, it is time to do something about your lifestyle and make some necessary changes. After all, getting fit is not all about looking amazing in your swimsuit, it is also about being strong and healthy. If you want to finally use that gym membership card for something else other than marking pages of the book you are reading, you need to know how to properly prepare for a workout and you should start by packing your gym bag the right way. Here are several items no gym rat can live without!
No, you cannot just stuff your workout clothes into any old bag and go to the gym. In fact, a good gym is durable, easy to clean, and has enough space for all your necessities. Nowadays gym bags come in all shapes, colors and sizes, so pick the one that suits your needs. For example, if you will be bringing your bag to work, opt for something that is sleek and inconspicuous.
Guys, board shorts or jeans shorts are not something you should wear to the gym. Not only will you be extremely uncomfortable while working out, but since most gyms have a dress code, there is a chance you will be asked to leave. Therefore, get a simple pair of running or cross-training shorts that are lightweight, breathable and fast drying. However, make sure you test them at home beforehand. Realizing that your shorts are not able to hold on the pressure at the gym can make you want to move to another city. For ladies, track pants and yoga pants are ideal choices since they allow you to perform a full range of leg workouts. For those cold winter months tailored sweatpants are a great option for anybody. However, women can choose between sweatpants and leggings. When it comes to clothing essentials, you will also need at least three T-shirts that allow your skin to breathe and fit comfortably.
You will need several pairs of socks since they shouldn’t be worn more than once. Keep in mind that ill-fitting socks can lead to blisters so make sure that yours really hug your feet and fit perfectly. You should also consider investing in compression socks since they are designed to reduce discomfort and swelling and improve your performance. Check out useful reviews on resourceful sites and find compression socks that suit your needs. When it comes to shoes, they need to fit you properly and provide support at the same time. Keep in mind that different types of workout require different types of shoes, so running shoes are a bad choice for a cross-training. Shoes that offer protection for the feet and legs are perfect for cardio, while you should wear running shoes when you are using the treadmill.
Now that you are properly dressed for the gym, it is time to think about all those things that may not seem important, but can make your workout a lot more enjoyable. A small towel should definitely have a place in your gym bag since you will need it to wipe the sweat from your eyes or dry your hands before hitting the weights. A reusable water bottle is also something you should get since you will need to stay hydrated during your workouts. If you have noticed that exercising is a lot easier with music, make sure you pack your headphones and that hour will just fly by.
Although going to the gym might feel like torture at first, once you get into a routine it will feel like a natural part of the day and eventually you will even look forward to your workout session.