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Top Things Every Gym Bag Must Have - #TriedImpressa



I have recently started working out and hitting the gym. I have come to the realization that the only person responsible for my health is me and I need to get my body in tip top shape. When I was in the army, I worked out every single day. I did 5 mile runs, pushups, sit-ups, you name it. While I can no longer do sit-ups and pushups, there are however a few recommended exercises that my physical therapist recommended. Yoga being one of them. I bought myself some at home workout yoga videos and I do them in the comfort of my home and sometimes in my front yard. Neighbors I know you see me, the crazy black lady doing poses that she has no idea if she's doing correctly, but it's all good, at least I'm getting back in shape, and taking control. However there are days when I do hit the gym and if you're like me, you may have been in a position where you arrive at the gym, only to find out that something is missing from your gym bag.  While I love to blame it on my busy life I lead as an adult, we are all imperfect human beings and sometimes I just chalk it up as being human. Today I want to share this list of the top things that I think every gym bag should have.

This conversation is brought to you by Acorn and Poise Impressa® Bladder Supports. All opinions are my own.

Water Bottle – this should be a given, you must remain hydrated when putting in a good workout, so designate a specific water bottle that stays in your gym bag. If you forget to fill it, at least it is there to fill with the water at your local gym.

Lip Balm – every woman needs lip balm, because your lips will dry out as you sweat your way through your workout at the gym, keep an extra set of your favorite lip hydrated lip balm in that gym bag for easy access during your workout session.

Deodorant & Wet Wipes – the best way to refresh after a hefty gym workout is to put new deodorant on and have those wet wipes or baby wipes ready to wipe yourself up so as to not stink your car up on the drive home.


Headphones - While I didn't mention an MP3 player, it's a given that you need some music and your phone can also double as your player. Music energizes you and there's nothing better than working out to your favorite playlist. Headphones also muffle out the sounds from other gym users. I highly suggest getting a good pair of bluetooth headset that allows you to take phone calls and listen to your music.

Extra Socks – whether you work out with or without socks, you must carry a second set, who knows how stinky your feet may get sweating in the gym during your session, be sure to have that one extra clean set in your gym bag at all times.

Nutrition or Energy Bar – the perfect snack that is usually packed with protein to keep your body rejuvenated and on par to finish strong with every work out you have at the gym. Purchase an extra box of your favorite bars and keep them in your gym bag.

Towel – this item should be a no brainer, yet it’s the most forgotten item in your gym bag, why? Because we just are living so fast paced we neglect that one obvious item, this happen to the best of us. Keep an extra towel in your gym bag for quick dry off after your session.


Poise Impressa - I make sure to have my Poise Impressa always on hand. Why? I suffer from SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence), simply put, whenever I work out excessively, laugh too hard, sneeze, there's always that chance that I'm going to leak. Poise Impressa is used just like a tampon, but it's really not. It doesn't soak up leaks but stops it before it even happens, keeping me fresh and clean. Now I can work out without having to worry that me being in the gym is going to leave me embarrassed.

Here's why I use and never go anywhere without my Poise Impressa.


Whatever you plan to do with this information, is up to you, but I hope that my list of top things every gym bag must have, helps direct you towards being more proactive in preparedness the next visit to your local gym. Once you have your gym bag set up with all of you essentials you'll spend more time towards working on your goals and less time about what you've forgotten. And if you also suffer from SUI, don't forget your Poise Impressa. You can pick them up at your local Walmart today!

Let's discuss: What essentials do you keep in your gym bag? 
Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips! I prefer to workout at home, so I have everything I need here! It all works out for me.

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    1. That's great! I do it both at home and at the gym.

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  2. I don't need a gym bag because the gym is literally 2 seconds from my house, so I go in JUST to work out and then leave.

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    1. That is awesome. Mine is about 6 minutes from my house and I actually prefer to leave feeling fresh once I'm done.

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  3. I think this list is spot on, you have all the essentials and a few extras like that energy bar to sustain you. I'm really glad we have poise to rely on for these "women" issues with our body. And you're right, we're the only ones who can take care of our health.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth and I'm pretty happy that Poise is available as well for me. Love it!

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  4. I definitely agree with this list. If you workout at a gym or a club then hand sanitizer is always a good idea too.

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    1. How in the world did I forget that? You're absolutely right!

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  5. great list, i live in a very new apartment in dubai, 8floors i live in the 6thfloor and 7thfloor is the gym. its like a private gym for me as no one go in there despite of having really nice equipments. My must to bring is my bluetooth headphones, water bottle, gloves for lifting and towel.

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    1. Seems like you have everything ready and available for you. I wish I had a gym in my house. :)

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  6. I appreciate the tips although I don't consider myself a regular anymore. What's strikingly funny is that the towel tidbit is so accurate for me, I tend to bring everything but it most of the time for my sessions.

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    1. You don't need to be a regular, but whenever you do go, make sure you have your items available.

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  7. I wish we have Poise already here in the Philippines.

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    1. Are you sure that it's not. Maybe take a look the next time you go. If it isn't I hope it does get there.

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  8. I need to pick this up! I'm at Walmart enough... lol I have Light bladder leakage more often then I like. Don't make this girl laugh... It's not the greatest of ideas! HAHAHA Loved the video!

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    1. Thank you Amanda. I'm just like you. Don't get me laughing too hard and I just LOVE to laugh. :)

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  9. I haven't been in the gym for a while, great post! Thanks for sharing this!

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  10. I have all of these things but lip balm. How could I forget that one; I hate to have chapped lips.

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    1. Oh chapped lips is no fun, especially in the winter times, when mine tend to get more chapped than usual.

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  11. My water bottle and my headphones are my top 2 essentials for my gym bag. Forgetting my headphones when going to the gym is the worst!

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    1. OH tell me about it. I never go anywhere without my headphones.

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  12. These are definitely things you need to have in your gym bag. The older that I am getting, the more I wonder if I will need these. Especially after having kids.

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    1. I've had 4 kids but you don't need to have kids to have LBL. It can happen to anyone and the good thing about Poise's Impressa is that they stop them before they happen.

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  13. This is a great list, though I don't go to the gym. I only workout at home. My mom could use the Poise Impressa. She suffers from LBL.

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    1. Maybe you can suggest them to her. I'm pretty sure she'll appreciate it.

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  14. This is a great list, though I don't go to the gym. I only workout at home. My mom could use the Poise Impressa. She suffers from LBL.

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    1. Well you can always surprise her with a sizing kit. :)

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  15. I will never forget bringing a headphone at the gym, it keeps me focused. I never heard of Poise, I think it is not yet available in our place.

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    1. Oh I make sure mine is always available as well. That's definitely one thing I'll never forget. You can check and see if Poise Impressa is available the next time you go in your feminine hygiene aisle.

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  16. I really need to bring these in my bag with me when I go to the gym. I pack up a towel and water typically, but I should buy these to be gone with because I do have a little LBL.

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    1. Then yes I suggest you pick up your sizing kit. that way you can find the right size for you.

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  17. I include protein shake, a water bottle, and regular gym clothes in my gym bag. Women need more things and more care when exercising. Great post.

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    1. We sure do need a little bit more things. Thanks for stopping by Akhil.

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  18. I have to take my water bottle and headphones with me everywhere. Even when not at the gym, I've been trying to take the time to exercise when I can and those are my essentials.

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    1. Yes mine too. I keep a water bottle in my car because I do need to drink more water.

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  19. Your entire list is definitely needed. A friend tried Poise Impressa post baby and she said they definitely helped.

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    1. Oh yes they do help which is why I always recommend them to everyone.

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  20. I love that they are making incontinence a topic that NOT as taboo as before because 1/3 of women struggle with it.

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    1. Yes they sure do and I'm not so sure why women tend to shy away from talking about it. It's really nothing to be ashamed of.

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  21. I must admit I so am off my rocker with the fitness routine and now weather has arrived where I have to wear *gasp* shorts and a bathing suit, and less clothing due to the heat. I hope to use more protein in my diet and take daily walks even got a walk in today ;)

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    1. That is awesome!! I'm so happy to hear that you're getting in your exercise.

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  22. What a great post, I will have to think more about what to have in my gym bag when I go work out!

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    1. And don't forget your Poise Impressa!

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  23. I'm a huge fan of the deodorant wipes from Pacifica. They are great for the gym bag and for those hot summer days.

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    1. I've never tried those. I will have to check them out.

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  24. Great read. But I also make sure I have an MP3 player because for me, if I don't have any music it is going to be a very long workout.

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    1. And that's why we included headphones, wouldn't make sense to just have headphones without music. :)

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  25. Great list! We are heading to the gym as we just got a membership. This is helpful in preparing.

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    1. Enjoy your membership and make great use of it.

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  26. There is nothing worse tan getting to the gym and realizing you forgot your headphones! I always think to throw in an extra pair of socks too but that never happens.

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    1. Oh tell me about it. I always keep a pair in my gym back because I'd be lost without it.

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  27. Great list of essentials! Honestly I have been pretty lazy lately when it comes to the gym, but when I'm in fitness mode my gym bag is looking pretty similar to yours :)

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    1. Oh don't feel guilty because I haven't been making it as much as I should either. I tend to do a lot more of my workouts at home, and I don't even have to pay for the gym.

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  28. The two major things that I keep in my gym bag are spray on deodorant and towelettes. I also throw a healthy snack in there from time to time.

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    1. Sounds very similar to me. I always make sure that I have something in mine to keep me smelling fresh. You never know what could happen.

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  29. What a great idea to make them like a tampon instead of a pad. Def. these would be a given in a gym bag. I haven't been to the gym in over a year. I had that surgery and then quit working out. I totally should be okay to jump around now, I just got out of the habit.

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    1. Yes you should be and I think you'll make it just when you're ready.

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  30. This is a great list of top things for every gym bag. It is so important to have a water bottle so you stay hydrated while working out. Poise Impressa bladder control is to me a god send. I have the same problem as you do and never leave the house with out this product. Thanks for sharing the list.

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    1. Isn't is just a genius product Rebecca? I don't know what I'd do without it.

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  31. Great advice. I keep spray deodorant in our gym bag, and extra water bottles.

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    1. Having extra water bottles isn't a bad idea at all.

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  32. These are great tips! I haven't been to a gym in ages as I have an elliptical at home, so I wouldn't know what to bring, lol.

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    1. Well you now have my list to help you out. :)

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  33. Great tips! I totally agree with the wet wipes. Not just for your gym bag either. Wet wipes are awesome for everything!!

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  34. I agree we are almost responsible for our health & we need to make sure to spend time to keep ourelf in a better shape. I have a water bottle anytime along with those deodorant & Wet Wipes and add music as well to my list.

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    1. Seems like we have a very similar list.

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  35. Great tips! I always have my water bottle, ear buds, and sneakers.

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    1. You gotta stay hydrated so that water bottle is a must.

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  36. I hope poise have here in my country, I heard so many good review about this product

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  37. Maybe one day I will get back in the gym. I've been saying this over two years now. SMH

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    1. That's ok. I'm pretty sure it's taken me close to 2 years as well.

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  38. Great tips. When I go, I always take my water bottle, headphones and lip balm. It's a must!

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    1. I keep my lip balm in my car so I never forget it. There's nothing worse than chapped lips.

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