Finding motivation to work out can be difficult at the best of times, let alone at the beginning of spring when you’ve just spent the past few months of winter practically hibernating. We’ve all been there and it’s definitely not always simple to get back into the swing of things. However, there are a few things you can do to make it easier for yourself to get back out there. For one, find yourself a gym buddy or book in for some group fitness classes. Having other people with you makes the work out way more enjoyable, and if you’re having fun you’re far more likely to keep doing it. Another way to make it easier to get back into a good routine is by preparing ahead of time. Get all your gear ready the night before if you have an early morning session planned; things like laying out your work out clothes and shoes (don’t forget your socks) so you’re not searching through your wardrobe for them, bleary-eyed at 6am. Packing your gym bag beforehand is a good idea too, so all you need to do in the morning is grab it and go. Check out some of the essentials we keep in our gym bag that are helping us keep up our motivation this spring…
First up, a good quality gym bag to hold all the essentials is important. Find a strong one that has a few different compartments so you can keep dirty, post-workout gear separate to your clean stuff. Both back packs and duffles are good choices. The North Face’s Pivoter is a versatile option if you prefer a backpack, while Herschel’s Gorge is a great duffle. The latter features a dedicated shoe compartment, which is super handy for stowing away sweaty sneakers after a big session.
Towels can be a bit tricky, since they’re generally fairly big and can take up quite a bit of space in your bag. But you can’t really go to the gym without one. This is where a good microfibre towel comes in. Microfibre towels can be folded or rolled to become compact. Plus, they dry in almost no time. Lululemon has a couple of good options; a smaller one to wipe up sweat during your session, and a larger one for your post-workout shower.
Going to the gym is a great way to zone out, and a good pair of headphones will help you do that. Whether you’re listening to some motivating tunes, an interesting podcast, or a riveting audio book, good headphones are a gym essential. Preferably, go for Bluetooth ones, as you don’t want any wires getting caught in equipment or becoming tangled at any point. The Bose SoundSport headphones are a good option; they fit securely in your ears and deliver premium sound quality too.
Staying hydrated is, of course, vital when you’re working out. Keep a good quality reusable one in your gym bag so you’re never caught out when you’re there. Gyms will always have a tap for you to fill it up with. Moreover, opting for a reusable bottle, as opposed to a disposable plastic bottle, is far better for the environment. Klean Kanteen’s Classic is a good choice, with a large 800mL capacity and silicone spout that’s easy to drink from mid-exercise.
Just about the most important items to keep in your gym bag, especially if you’re heading out or to work afterwards, are your grooming products. You don’t need to carry your entire daily arsenal with you; save space and time with some select products that can do more than one job. The V76 4 in 1 Cleansing Foam is ideal; you can use it as a body wash, face cleanser, shampoo, and shaving cream. Deodorant is a definite essential too. Baxter Of California’s Deodorant is a good one to keep in your gym bag. It’ll leave you feeling and smelling fresh all day. When it comes to your hair, carry a styling cream or pomade that you can quickly, and easily, work through your hair. The Triumph & Disaster Ponsonby Pomade or Hanz De Fuko Scheme Creams are both good options; they can be used in wet or dry hair and contain ingredients that offer protection to your scalp and locks. If you grab all your grooming essentials from gentSac, they’ll come in their signature blue Sac too, which doubles as an ideal toiletries bag or great for undies and socks.