Across the country, gyms are starting to reopen, and many people are beginning to return to their previous exercise regimes, or are exploring their ‘new normal’ with an increased interest in keeping active. But whether you are heading back to the gym, or are exploring the endless other ways of staying active, it’s important to make sure you have those all-important essentials, without being weighed down.
Packing your gym bag can leave you flustered, but knowing how to pack the perfect bag means that you can confidently jump into your workout with the knowledge that you have all the essentials you need before and after your session.
So, before you head out for your daily dose of exercise make sure you have these 9 workout essentials packed and ready to go.
1. TRAINERS AND GYM CLOTHES
Ever got to the gym and realised you had forgotten something important? Trainers and workout clothes seem obvious, but when you are rushing around it can be easy to forget. Make a routine of packing your trainers and clothes first when assembling your bag so you are never caught out without your gym attire. And make sure you remember socks too!
Love listening to music whilst you workout? Motivating music and good headphones can really make the difference between a good workout and a great workout so don’t forget to throw your favourite pair into your bag before you head out the door.
3. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Making sure that you stay hydrated is essential during a workout, so be sure to keep a bottle of water close by. The Forever water bottle is a quick, easy and environmentally responsible way to stay hydrated on the go. You can even use it with ARGI+ and water or your favourite drink to make sure you are maintaining good levels of hydration.
4. SPORTS DRINKS
Speaking of ARGI+, make sure you don’t forget your trusty sports drink when you are working out. ARGI+ is a delicious and nutritious berry-flavoured sports drink which contains five grams of L-arginine per serving, a popular amino acid and a building block for proteins, plus essential B vitamins that support the nervous system, normal protein metabolism, psychological function and red blood cell formation*.
5. SHOWER ESSENTIALS
If you are planning on a quick rinse after your workout, make sure that you don’t forget your shower essentials. Forever’s new Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo and Aloe-Jojoba Conditioner are the perfect pair for everyday use to easily wash away dirt and oil and leave your hair feeling soft and manageable, and looking and feeling its absolute best.
Maintain that fresh feeling all day, with a deodorant that you can trust. Tackle your workout with confidence knowing Aloe Ever-Shield is here to keep you feeling fresh and clean. Aloe Ever-Shield offers all-day protection against underarm odour with the soothing power of aloe. It is made without antiperspirants and aluminium salts so it’s gentle enough for use after showering or waxing without irritation.
We all know the importance of keeping our hands clean, so make sure you have a good sanitizer with you wherever your adventure leads you. Forever Instant Hand Sanitizer’s effective aloe-based formula kills 99.9% of bacteria, and leaves your hands feeling clean and refreshed in an instant. The citrus-scented hand sanitizer is ideal for cleaning your hands quickly and effectively if soap and water are not available.
After a tough workout, a relaxing massage can be just the thing to soothe sore muscles. Aloe Heat Lotion goes on cool and stimulates with the sensation of aloe and menthol to soothe on contact. It then warms, while ingredients like eucalyptus relax your muscles and create a naturally aromatic experience. This lotion will not only leave you feeling more relaxed, but leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished too.
A good way to help your body recover after your workout is with a light protein filled snack. Forever Fastbreak is a delicious way to take a break from cravings, and contains 11g of protein per bar. This chocolate covered peanut butter bar is a great snack when you need a little extra, and is the perfect size to pop in your bag and take with you on the go.
If you are looking for a filling protein shake Forever Lite Ultra provides the perfect naturally flavoured plant-powered protein. Available in two flavours, this versatile product can be used if you’re watching your calorie intake, or as a filling protein shake.
So, there you have it, Forever’s tips for the perfectly packed gym bag. What other essentials do you ensure you have with you for every session? Let us know in the comments below.
*Vitamin B6 contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system and normal protein metabolism. Vitamin B12 contributes to normal psychological function and normal red blood cell formation. Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.