1. Curated Workout Playlist
There’s nothing better than getting into the gym, popping in your headphones, and zoning out to your fav music. Spend some time before you head out compiling a playlist of songs that put you in a good mood. Your workout will go way smoother, and you’ll be feeling yourself the whole time. Update it every once in a while to mix it up.
2. Sunscreen or BB Cream
Ah. SPF, the holy grail of skincare; also, probably the last thing you’re thinking of when you stumble out the door to work out in the early AM. Just because you’re going to be sweating, though, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a second to pop some on, especially if you’re working out in the sun. If you like a bit of coverage, opt for a BB cream with SPF in it; it’s not too heavy, so your skin will still be able to breathe.
3. Comfortable Workout Clothes
Being comfortable is a must when you’re working out; you definitely don’t want to be concerned with adjusting a too small sports bra or leggings that ride up. Invest in a couple of staple pieces that you can throw on without thinking about; bonus points if they’re super cute, and made sustainably! you’ll feel more confident when you put them on, they’ll last forever, and you’ll be able to focus fully on getting the most out of your session.
4. Extra Hair Ties
We’ve all been there. You get into the gym, you’re feeling great, go to throw your hair up into a ponytail- and the elastic snaps. Now you’re stuck jogging while constantly spitting flying hair out of your mouth. Make sure you keep a couple of extra hair ties in your gym bag to avoid a loose hair fiasco and keep your hair out of your face (and mouth).
5. Facewash or Face wipes
If you’re sweating during a gym session, and not washing your face afterward, you could be setting yourself up for irritated skin, and breakouts. Throw a mini face wash into your gym bag, or a travel pack of your favorite facial wipes if you prefer, to quickly freshen up after a workout before heading out the door.
This is self-explanatory, really: you have to stay hydrated. Invest in a reusable, paraben-free water bottle, preferably an insulated one. You’re helping the planet, your water will stay cool even if you’re in the hot sun, and your body (and skin) will thank you for it. Just make sure you don’t chug too much before getting started.
7. Post Workout Snack
Bring a healthy snack, like some nuts or a banana, with you to munch on after you finish working out. Stay away from processed sugar, and preferably look for high protein options: you’ll feel the absolute best afterward that way.
8. Change of Clothes
Even if you’re not showering at the gym, it’s a good idea to bring a change of underwear, or at least some fresh socks or flip-flops with you. Regardless of if you’re planning to shower as soon as you get home, it’s best to get those sweaty clothes off your body ASAP.
9. A Gym Buddy
Everything’s better with a friend. If you find it hard to build up the motivation to tackle your workouts, recruit a friend to go with you. You’ll motivate each other, and you’re much more likely to show up to an early morning session if you know your friend is waiting for you and will be fuming if you’re a no-show.
Above all, be gentle with yourself. By taking the time and energy to focus on your health and well-being, you’re nurturing your soul; don’t counteract it by being overly critical of yourself! Some days will be better than others; accept your shortcomings, and reward your victories (this definitely includes the fact that you showed up, by the way.) Go you!