Are you ready to hit the gym?
You’ve got the confidence, the drive, and the know-how, but are you sure your bag is packed adequately?
We’ve put together a list of all the most necessary gym-going essentials, so you can be sure you’re not missing anything.
These 11 items range from things that could make your workout more fun — like a tiny device that plays Spotify — to the essentials, like a clean pair of socks.
Who knows? They may even make you want to go to the gym.
Your phone is bulky and prone to breaking. But it's the only way to listen to your favourite Spotify playlists, right?
Well, not quite. The Mighty, recently launched on Kickstarter and shipping later this year, is like an iPod Shuffle for your Spotify tunes. That makes it perfect for the gym, as it is lightweight and featureless.
What's the point of getting a great workout in if you can't immediately share the hard numbers with all of your friends?
Luckily, with the Fitbit Charge ($127) tracker, you won't have to worry about that. It will also keep track of your heartbeat to make sure you're getting in a great workout.
Admittedly, this is more a style-oriented piece of advice rather than something you actually need. But we think you should definitely pack a sweatshirt like Nike's super-popular tech fleece ($130), which is made for the pre- and post-workout sweat.
It has double-faced jersey fabric with a synthetic spacer in between to keep you both warm and comfortable. It also makes the hoodie super light.
There's no better snack after a hard workout than a banana or a protein bar.
Make sure you have one on hand so you're ready to start the day off strong at work -- or so you don't collapse on the way home.
If you're taking your gym bag to the office with you, it should at least be presentable. It doesn't need to be leather or anything fancy, but it should definitely not be plastered with sports logos.
The antidote for this is a cool bag like the Lululemon City Sweat Duffel ($138) that walks the line between sporty and work-appropriate.
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