9 Items to Have in Your Gym Bag for a Better Workout Experience ...

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There are some essential items to have in your gym bag for you to have a good workout.

More importantly, putting certain staples in your gym bag can prevent common mishaps from happening.2

For example, if you suddenly realize you need to go out after the gym, only to find yourself without a change of clothes.3

Thatโ€™s where the fully-stocked gym bag comes in.

I am going to show you a few items to have in your gym bag that will keep you prepared at all times.

1. Extra Clothes

Extra Clothes

As far as items to have in your gym bag go, a change of clothes is a must.

Even if you think you arenโ€™t going out afterwards, you never know if someone will text you to pick up something.

I donโ€™t know about you, but I most certainly don't want to smell when Iโ€™m out and about!

This includes another pair of shorts or pants, sports bra, shirt, and donโ€™t forget socks!

Itโ€™s also a good idea to bring a jacket with you, especially if you get cold all the time like I do.

Jackets are especially nice for keeping your muscles warmed up after yoga class as well.

2. Water Bottle

Water Bottle

The fact is you are going to sweat when you work out.

That means you need to rehydrate due to this loss.2

It is absolutely essential to bring a water bottle (or two, unless you can fill it up at your gym) to the gym.

If you donโ€™t, your workouts might suffer and you may pass out from dehydration.

This can all be avoided if you simply pack a water bottle!

3. Portable Food

Portable Food

Depending on the duration of your workout, you are going to need to replenish your glycogen stores afterwards.3

This means getting in carbs and protein in a 4:1 ratio.

To accomplish this, I like packing an extra insulated water bottle filled with protein powder and almond milk or a smoothie.

Some other portable food options I like include Larabars, bananas, pistachios, raw cashews, and dried cherries.

In general, I like having the protein shake after my workout, and the others before my workout.

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