Fitness bag with female legsA well packed gym bag can make all the difference in your exercise routine. That’s because a well-planned bag adds to your comfort and convenience. All that boils down to fewer obstacles for getting to the gym and getting on with your day when your workout is done. So what should be in your gym bag? Here is a list of the absolute must haves to keep handy and keep your workout game going smoothly.


Must haves for during the workout

Having a spare isn’t only for tires; it works for gym bags, too. Essential spares include socks, water bottle, hair ties or bandanas and headphones. These items are small but when you don’t have them for your workout it feels like a big deal. Keep an extra or two on hand so when one of these essentials gets left behind you still feel prepared.

Must haves after your workout

Female legs and sports bagFew things are as satisfying as a great workout. Hold onto that good feeling with essential gear to get you back to your day in comfort. Must have items include dry underwear. Especially if your workout is a sweaty one, you will want dry duds when you are done. Be sure to pack shower shoes and a towel, too. Gym locker rooms are great for cleaning up after exercise and unfortunately, they are also a breeding ground for germs. Wear flip flops in the shower to reduce your likelihood of athlete’s foot and other ilk. Place your clean towel on any surface before you rest your bare bottom on it to avoid picking up or passing on any germs. Finally, keep a plastic bag for wet gym clothes and dirty sneakers so that they do not come into contact with the clean items in your bag.

While you are packing, don’t forget to include some post workout snacks. If you don’t have an ice pack, think about some things that offer needed protein and carbs but don’t require refrigeration. Examples include: nuts and raisins, celery or apples and peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread or rice cakes or a protein bar. If you do have an ice pack you can include things like chocolate milk or yogurt and berries.

The last thing to pack doesn’t actually go in the bag but it is definitely essential – a can do attitude. When it comes to exercise (and most anything else) your attitude really does shape your experience. Regard exercise as an opportunity to take good care of your mind, body and spirit and not as a dreaded chore. You are sure to enjoy it more and likely to stick with it too.