When you’re headed to the gym, it’s easy to think of your bag as little more than a means of transporting your workout clothes and accessories. But the right bag can make all the difference in how much you enjoy your time spent working out at the gym. Here are some things to consider when planning what goes into your gym bag:
Bring your shoes in your gym bag!
It’s important to have a pair of gym shoes because they’ll help you avoid injury, keep you safe and comfortable, and make sure you get the most out of your workout. When you’re working out, your feet take a beating. They’re pounding on the ground, they’re taking all of our body weight, and they’re in constant contact with all kinds of hard surfaces.
That’s why it’s so important to wear the right shoes in the gym: they need to be strong enough to hold up under pressure while still being comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. Gym shoes also need to have excellent traction so you don’t slip on potentially wet floors or lose your balance when lifting weights. And finally, gym shoes should be breathable so that sweat doesn’t build up inside them as you work out (they’ll also dry faster!).
Gym shoes are designed for the specific demands of the gym: whether that’s treadmill sprints or weightlifting, and while it may seem like a no-brainer, not bringing your own pair of shoes will leave you at risk of injury—and we don’t want anything bad happening to our members during workouts.
When you work out, your body loses fluids through sweating, breathing, and urinating. When you don’t replace those fluids quickly enough, your body will begin to become dehydrated—and that can have a negative impact on your workouts.
Dehydration can cause symptoms like headaches and dizziness, which can make it difficult to focus on your workout. It can also lead to muscle cramps and even heat exhaustion. And if you become severely dehydrated, you could end up in the hospital with kidney or heart failure.
If you’re a serious gym-goer, you probably already know about the importance of bringing along a reusable water bottle. When you bring a reusable water bottle with you to the gym, it’s easy to fill up at any fountain and drink as much as you need.
But what if there were no vending machines or fountains? What if all you could get access to was bottled water? You’d be forced to spend money on those plastic bottles, which isn’t good for your wallet or the environment!
That’s why it’s so important to bring a reusable water bottle with you to the gym: it allows you to hydrate yourself without contributing to an industry that relies on constantly producing new plastic waste.
If you’re working out hard, chances are you’re sweating. And that’s why it’s important to bring a sweat towel with you.
Gyms are a communal environment, so one of the best things you can do is carry your own towel with you every time you work out. That way, when you leave the gym after a tough session, other people will know that they’re sharing the space with someone who cares about cleanliness.
In addition to your gym clothes, socks, and shoes, there are a few things you should always bring to the gym—and one of those is deodorant. The communal environment of most gyms means you’re going to be around other people, and no one wants to be around someone who smells bad.
Bringing your own stick of deodorant will help ensure that you walk out of the gym feeling fresh if you don’t have time for a shower.
You should always put your headphones in your gym bag – in fact, it’s not a bad idea to have an extra set that you always leave in there.
If you like to listen to music while you workout, or if you want to be able to tune out the rest of the world and focus on your workout, headphones are an absolute must.
There are tons of reasons to bring headphones with you: they’re great for drowning out loud noises of equipment or fans, they let you listen to a good beat without bothering anyone around you (which can be nice if there’s another person working out next to you), and they help keep your mind off of anything else besides what’s happening on the treadmill in front of you.
The gym is a great place to work on your fitness goals. But did you know that nutrition is just as important as your workout?
Before you go to the gym, make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance at success. Start with a pre-workout powder or supplement like BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) or creatine monohydrate. These will help give you energy and boost muscle strength so that you can maximize your time in the gym. Then try mixing them with water for some extra hydration before your workout.
After your workout, it’s important to refuel with protein. That’s why we sell our own brand of post-workout shakes at Buzzfit! These shakes are made with whey protein isolate and contain all nine essential amino acids needed for muscle repair and growth, plus they have added electrolytes and vitamins to help hydrate and replenish nutrients lost during exercise.
So there you have it! The Buzzfit gym bag checklist. We hope this helped you figure out what kinds of things to bring to the gym and how to get there.
We know it can be a challenge to find the right gym for you, so if you’re looking for a place where you can feel comfortable and supported as you work out, join the friendliest gym in Quebec! We offer free fitness assessments and classes are offered at all levels.
Be sure to stop by (with your fully stocked gym bag) and get your BuzzFIT on!