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Monday, 23 May 2016

FITNESS | What's in my gym bag?

Apart from fitness apps and actually wanting to get into a shape, another thing that gets me motivated to work out is all the pretty gear. 

Of course no one really cares what you look like at the gym, but for me personally it helps to have nice workout gear to wear.

I also think it's important to have a set kit when going to the gym. I have a bag I keep in my car at all times and keep stuff in there specifically so I never forget it. I think this is really useful because it means you never have those days where you make excuses for yourself like 'I'm really up for the gym today but I forgot my trainers/workout top/water' etc. 

Here's the general kit I take to the gym and maybe it'll give you some pointers of things you should always keep in your gym bag, too.

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So to begin with, I have this basic but cute bag from Primark. It's sweet and it does the job, but I am on the lookout for a proper gym bag, especially as over the past few months my collection of things to go into the bag has gotten bigger. When I purchased this bag, it would literally just hold my outfit and trainers. But, as you can see from the photo below, I obviously have a lot more things in my kit now.

My Sketcher trainers I actually purchased for my trek around Mexico but as that has been pushed back until next year now, I figured it can't hurt to wear them in. They're really comfortable, and I believe that it's important to get a proper pair of running shoes if you want to run, otherwise you just won't persevere with it.

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So this is my general kit. In the top left corner I have a cute water bottle purchased for something like £1.99 from H&M - it does the job and is better on the environment then continuing to purchase new bottles of water from the shop all the time.

Beside that is a very light and small towel I bought from TK Maxx recently. I don't use this a whole lot as lately all I've been doing at the gym is using the treadmill, but it's important to have one to wipe down machines you've been using and it's of course useful for when I do sweat!

Next is my zombie apocalypse top - oh I do love a good slogan tee. I'll talk about this more in a minute, though. Beside that I have a cheap armband to hold my phone in. I bought this off Amazon recently as I thought now the weather is getting nicer, I'm going to want to start running outdoors soon, once I find the confidence to. This is useful too because it'll help me track my steps and distance properly, which I can't do on a treadmill.

In the very middle I have some ankle socks to wear with my trainers, and some headphones. These were a Christmas gift from my brother a few years back and I get a lot of use out of these. I don't know if it's just me, but I just don't get on with normal small bud headphones that go in your ear. At first I thought it was because of my tragus piercing, but they just never seem to fit properly in my left ear either. And when I try to run with them in..they just constantly fall out. Maybe I just have weird shaped ears. Anyway, these headphones do the job and don't fall off when running!

I wish I knew where I got this sports bra from but I really have no idea. I have a feeling it might have been a blog freebie a few years back or maybe purchased with a voucher. It offers me basic support, but I do need to put some money towards one that offers me more support and is more designed for sport.

Finally, I also have a little spray and a hair brush, just to make sure I look somewhat decent when leaving the gym.

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Here's what I actually wear. 

The leggings are a cute pair I bought from Primark, but I usually swap between these and a similar pair from H&M.

The slogan top I bought off Etsy and the seller was super helpful. As it was out of stock by the time I got round to ordering, she was happy to make another one up for me since most of their tops are customized anyway. So sweet. It's from Abundent Heart Apparel, and I've fallen in love with all their designs since. I love anything zombie related and this ties in really well with the fact that I'm always using Zombies, Run or Zombies 5K for my gym sessions so it definitely motivates me.

I actually have a whole lot of slogan tees for work out wear (and I promise you, they're not corny!) so do let me know if you'd like a post on these specifically.

So that's whats in my gym bag on a day to day basis - is there anything you can think of that's missing? Do let me know!

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