I tend to get a lot of questions about which fitness apparel I prefer to wear, which snacks I eat to refuel, etc. Today, I’m borrowing the What’s In My Bag-style post from fashion bloggers to share which items I find important enough to carry around. In fact, I’m more often carrying my gym bag on weekdays than an actual purse. This post doesn’t include tops and crops. It’s a look at my fitness “accessories,” if you will. Read below for details about each item.
C9 by Champion Women’s Reversible Compression Racer Bra ($15) – I swear by this sports bra. I’ve tried many by pricier brands and keep comping back to it. It’s great for intense workouts. Plus, it’s reversible!
ARMPOCKET i-10 ($30) – Look for a review (and GIVEAWAY) of this running armband in the next two weeks.
CamelBak Groove Fresh Filtered Water Bottle ($20) – It’s nice to always have fresh-tasting water. I also prefer a water bottle with a nozzle, so I don’t spill everywhere.
Band-Aids – For unexpected cuts and blisters. You never know what could happen at the gym.
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm ($3) – Don’t worry, only the tube is neon green. The balm is clear and has a peppermint flavor. I can’t work out with dry lips. It makes me feel dehydrated from the start.
Athleta Cargo Tote – Unfortunately, this bag is no longer available. It’s a beautiful grayish-beige color with lime stitching and brushed silver hardware. On the outside, there’s a front pocket and two side pockets. The bottom also unzips to strap on a yoga mat. The inside has a few mesh pockets, a padded pocket, and a shoe bag. It is on the large side, but I often fill it for a full day on the go.
Lululemon Flyaway Tamer Headband ($12) – I wrote about the wonders of this headband in this post. It’s relatively wide, very absorbent, and never moves during a workout. It also doesn’t cause headaches and comes in many seasonal colors. For my short cut, bobby pins are also key.
Snacks – Whether I’m fueling before a workout or refueling after, I prefer either a red apple (sometimes with peanut butter if I’m at work/home) or raw almonds. I like having a sweet and a salty option.
Nike+ FuelBand ($150) – I wrote about my experience using the FuelBand in boutique fitness classes in this post. I prefer it for running, but it’s great to have on at all times to track your steps and calories burned.
Nike Free 5.0+ ($100) – These are my cross training shoes. I don’t carry both pairs at the same time. I wear these for any fitness classes that don’t involve running (i.e. Barry’s Bootcamp). It’s a very popular shoe right now. Worn Here