Jan 20, 2011

Gym bag essentials: what's in yours?

With my new motivation to hit up The Bar Method and the gym after for cardio, I've found myself trying to pack the perfect gym bag. It's always a drive somewhere here in LA, so I'm trying to keep myself together without losing my head.

I'm happy to report that my gym bag is nearly perfect now! And why would I not share with you how to keep your life less chaotic?

So, first off, what bag should you choose?

It's kind of pricey, but that's because it's high-quality. lululemon athletica's Everywear Gym Bag is large enough to fit shoes and garments. It holds up to 50 pounds if needed, contains a wet/dry pouch (for clothes or for water) and has plenty of pockets and zippers -- even one for your laptop! Tres convenient. $88.00

Nalgene 'OTF' Water Bottle, $12.99
Leak-proof, fits in cup holders and bike racks. This one-handed water bottle makes drinking H20 a tad easier, especially when running on the tred.

Clean and Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes, $5.99 at CVS
Ladies, clean your face before you work out. Sweating opens your pores which will clog with oil and makeup. If you're working on a great bod, why create bad skin in the process?

Down and Dirty Hand Sanitizer, $9.95
Every gym is filled with germs of all kinds. Be sure to wipe down your equipment before and after use (be courteous!) and then douse your hands in this natural cleanser, made with distilled alcohol instead of rubbing alcohol. It contains Aloe, Vitamin E and Green Tea to moisturize so it’s non-drying and leaves hands silky.  This product launches in February 2011 and can be bought at PooPourri.com.

Goody 'Ouchless' Hair Ties, $2.99
I color and curl my hair, so I spend a lot of time making sure it doesn't break and stays healthy. The easiest way (besides picking a great shampoo and conditioner) is to wear hair ties that won't snag your locks! My favorites are the Goody 'Ouchless' brand. They're thicker than the average band and don't contain any metal clasps. (I buy mine at Target or Ulta.)

Thorlo JMM Running Socks -- Thick Cushion, $12.99-$13.99
Socks are just as important as the shoes!  At The Bar Method, you don't wear shoes -- just socks.  These guys are ideal for any athlete -- they wick moisture, provide cushioning against blisters, and cushion the toes and the arch for better fit and protection.

Kiehl's Cross Terrain "Dry Run" Foot Cream, $17.50
Since my brother plays baseball, I bought him this cream to help keep his feet feeling good.  I ended up buying some for myself because it really does work!  It uses sweat-absorbing volcanic extracts and Aloe Vera to soothe your feet, keeping them dry and resistant to irritations.

Of course, include your favorite gym attire and then get to work!

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