What should you be packing in your gym bag? That's a never ending question really because it all depends on your training session. I have actually got a number of gym bags that I use for each training day, for example I have a specific swimming bag that has my paddles, my float, my goggles and my swim plan for that day. Then my basic gym bag will have a water bottle, a towel, my iPod, items for showering (if obviously I'm heading elsewhere straight after) and of course a banana for post workout.
So I've decided to give you a bit more detail into what I'm packing for each kind of workout to give you some guidance. As I'm loving the collection from New Look at the moment all items are from their super fitness fashion savvy and affordable sports range.
I'd say this is your cross fit style work out, so it could be just a weights session, a quick bike blast or something more intense. With this I've put it down as being a personal workout rather than a group session so this has a music band so you can absorb yourself in your music and get down to business! Water bottle is always essential and I find if I take one that looks nice I'm more likely to use it and remember it!
Running is obviously going to be in the gym, or it could be a running club where you have a base first, either way these are some fun items to throw in. A super cheap fitness watch for the very basic monitoring, reflective leggings with a splash of coral and of course a vest that yells I'm a runner! Big bag for this as no doubt a large towel for a well needed shower would be joining me!
Less is more for this one as not everyone has their own yoga mat, I do but that's my personal choice. For me yoga is primarily about comfort and soft flexible fabrics. I've added in yoga shoes because sometimes from heat my feet have slipped - these just give you that extra stability when tackling harder poses. A namaste vest with very simple black fitness leggings really keep this look simple with a classic black backpack.
I tend to train in a swimming costume that holds everything in and is supportive, but when you just want a quick easy go in the pool then having fun with your swim suit is no harm - right?! Loving this zig zag print so much I've even made sure the swim bag is covered in it too! Goggles are a must but more so than anything you should always take flip-flops.... I can't really say that enough. Public swimming pools are notorious for spreading poorly bugs so at least keep those feet safe! Joggers and a nice hoodie to change into because Lycra after swimming is no ones friend - you'll be there for ages wrestling your clothes on!
Ta-da! There you go! Really easy bits you can pick up for super cheap that you can train in. Lots of people think you need to spend the world to start getting fit, but you really don't. Most of these categories can actually be used for most exercise workouts. All I will say is invest in a good pair of trainers and a sports bra and everything is easy. If you liked this post you'll love my ultimate fitness finds for February on my YouTube channel on Wednesday - from affordable highstreet to top sports brands. Get subscribing now www.youtube.com/anniebeanblog