If you’re like me, you’ve been frequenting the gym like a madwoman the past 2 weeks because your New Year’s Resolution is telling you to! For me, it’s been a little bit of a struggle but I’m already feeling better and am getting stronger each time I work out. To make the most of my gym time, I always make sure I have my tote filled with the essential items for a successful workout. Here’s what’s in my gym bag:
Nikes – These are the most comfortable tennis shoes I’ve ever owned. And they’re cute too.
Snack – I HATE working out when I’m absolutely starving and my tummy won’t stop growling. I always make sure to have a granola bar handy in case I need something quick before or after my workout.
Cell phone and earbuds – It’s necessary that I listen to jams while exercising to keep me going.
Deodorant – I don’t think I need to explain this one…
Toner – I ALWAYS make sure to have my Extraction Toner packed in my gym bag. I spritz it on my face post-workout to refresh and balance my complexion. It also reduces any inflammation I may have on my skin.
Headband – There’s nothing more annoying than my hair getting in my face while trying to work out. Plus this one is gold and sparkly – who says you can’t look great at the gym? 🙂
Water bottle – Keeping hydrated is SO important while exercising. I love this Nalgene bottle because it has a narrow mouth, making it easier to drink out of while I’m killing it on the Elliptical.
Shine Control – Enza Essential’s Shine Control is perfect for keeping my face looking matte while working out. I apply it before I start exercising and it absorbs the excess oils on my face.
Lately my friends and I have been heading to the gym more than ever. This weekend I tried Pilates, and OMG my back is so sore. Going to the gym has been great because I’ve been getting my fitness on, but that also means my gym bag must be filled with the right essentials all the time.
Check out what’s in my Vera Bradley gym bag right now:
Nuti-Grain bar. It’s the best when I don’t have time to eat something before/after the gym. Working out with a rumbling stomach is the WORST. I’ve read if you must eat something before you work out, make it something super light.
Deodorant. Need I say more??
Hair accessories. I never remember to bring hair-ties or headbands otherwise. The only time I work out with my hair down is when I attend a hip-hop dance class. And that’s because I feel most confident when I’m whipping my hair back and forth while moving around. 😉
Extraction Toner. The number one rule for beautiful skin is cleansing and toning – and this is especially important right after working out when you’re all sweaty and gross. Cleansing is one thing, but toning will really bring your skin’s pH level back to normal and prevent future breakouts. PLUS, the peppermint extract and menthol in the Extraction Toner are so soothing on my skin after a workout.
Body spray. In the winter months, I love Bath and Body Work’s Winter Candy Apple scent. It puts me in the best mood.
Oh, and before I dash out the gym door, I pucker up with the Enza Lip Treatment! Then I can go straight from the gym to wherever else I need to be and still look 10/10. (PS – Yes, that is a Lily Pulitzer phone case in the picture below. I like to pretend I was raised in the South.)