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You know how the sky always throws a tantrum (heavy wind and rainfall) on days you forget or neglect to carry your windproof, drip-free, inverted umbrella?
Yeah, that happens with forgetting gym stuffs too. Some days you'll go to the gym, over killing it - fully kitted with all the gym accessories that can be found in a fitness guru's dictionary.
And guess what?
You'll find the gym practically empty, with new supplies of everything you've ever wanted in a gym, and more.
Other days, when you're probably in a hurry and have just your determination to do a few rounds of cardio and weight lift, the gym will be like an electronics store on black Friday. Here are some gym products you should always have stowed in your gym bag. ALWAYS.
1. Pair of Socks
More like a second and third pair. They can make all the difference in your workout. Going to the gym without, can leave your trainers shifting and sliding from your foot, which is at best uncomfortable, at worst dangerous, if you slip off and fall.
You know how you usually feel self-conscious about insignificant things but your best friend assures you it's all in your head and no one will even notice? That's not the case with gym sweat. Everyone knows when you aren't using deodorant and sometimes showers don't always help. Get a non-sticky deodorant that won't clog your pores or leave stains on your clothes.
3. Water Bottle
All that sweat you're working out is water leaving your body. No one needs to remind you to bring your own water to the gym, because you'll end up paying premium price for what seems like a sip of water if you have to buy bottled water at the gym.
4. Hand Towels
Even though this is probably the first thing you'll remember to carry (people generally don't enjoy sweat dripping all over) it's still on this list. Just to double check. Get a hand towel that's super absorbent and dries quickly.
5. Headbands/ Hair Ties
Your hair tends to have a mind of its own when you're working out. Get more restrains than you think you'll need as these things tend to get missing when you need them the most. Plus, it won't take a lot room in your gym bag so always buy as many as you can.
6. Ice Wrap
It's like your own first aid, so always go with it because sprains are quite common. You can reduce the swelling and the pain even before you go to a doctor to check you out. Even if you're just sore but think you have more pushups in you to give, you can just ice the sore spot mid workout and continue when you're feeling better.
7. Smartphone Holder
This is helpful especially if you take urgent calls, so can't afford to leave it in your gym bag. Some holders go around your arm while others can be strapped to your body with your phone positioned either behind or in front of you.
8. Protein Bar
Your gym accessories kit won't be complete if you don't have portable energy at your disposal. Help your worn-out muscles recover quickly by taking post workout protein bars.
Always have a pair of trainers in your gym bag because you won't enjoy your workout if your feet aren't happy. If you've just gotten new trainers and are yet to break them in, they'll be very uncomfortable at first and your feet will get blisters. You can always keep the old ones in your bag as a backup, in case the new ones start hurting too much.
Monitor your workouts. Know when you're almost at your max heart rate (so you'll know when to stop). A smartwatch can also let you know which type of workout suits you best as you can read the calories burnt data during every type of exercise. This way, you'll be able to monitor your effort and work out smartly (pun intended).
11. Resistance Bands, Jump ropes, Speed ropes
So, you can get a few workouts even if the gym is completely packed. They're very portable and can go into your bag along with your other gym products.
Wrapping It Up
Always remember the umbrella thing. Your gym accessories kit shouldn't be considered complete if you don't have something you know you'll need during pre and post workouts.