What’s in my gym bag? There are absolutely a few must haves and my Suave body wash is one of them, but read on to find out more!
OK, I am not going to lie to you; I do not go to the gym as often as I should. There is always one excuse after another why I didn’t make it that day, and while there are no good reasons why I’m consistently absent, the one thing I can never say, is that I didn’t have the time. My gym opens at 0530 and closes well late into the night. Is it because of lack of motivation? Actually, no! There are lots and lots of motivation; after all, there’s 40lbs of weight that needs to be gone for my health and wellbeing. So why can’t you find me at the gym, and why are the excuses so abundant, when it’s time to go there? Here’s the simple and honest truth. I hate the sweating and the stinking that it all entails. There you have it. It’s not that my gym doesn’t have a women’s locker room that includes an amazing shower. It’s just that I’m once again too lazy. However, when I do go to the gym, there are a few essentials that you will always find in my gym bag, and Suave has always been on that list.
So what’s in my gym bag? As a minimalist, here’s what you can find.
I never go anywhere without my cell-phone. Not only do I need it in the event of an emergency, but it also contains my workout playlists. Personally, without music, my workout will perish. My cell-phone takes care of the music, and everything else just falls into place.
Now there is no need to have your music on high volume for the other person on the bike next to you, to hear. Walk with a pair of wireless or wired headphones so you can keep that playlist all to yourself. I dislike being encumbered by wires, so a pair of wireless headset works great for me.
In order for me to work out the way I should, I need water to keep me hydrated. Whenever I do hit the gym, I can be there for hours, and when it’s all over, my body is usually drenched in sweat. With me losing water by sweating, I replenish what is lost by keeping a water bottle handy filled with water or some form of electrolyte.
No the towel is not for me wiping the sweat from my brows. The towel is for the locker room after my workout because there’s going to be a shower involved. There’s nothing worse that getting in your vehicle (whether you have leather or cloth seats) and sitting in your car with sweat dripping down your body. If you’re going to the gym with me, you’re going to shower before you enter my car.
Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT ever enter the locker room showers without a pair of shower shoes or flip-flops. Remember, this is a public bathroom and not your own shower at home. There may be germs lying around that you may not know about. Be safe and protect your feet.
So what are you going to shower with? I always have my Suave body wash. My oldest son says that it’s pronounced “sua-vay”. I have been using Suave for as long as I can remember. As a young mother with very little money, Suave was the one product that I could afford back then. It was very economical and still is to this day. I don’t even bother comparing it to other brands because to me, there is no comparison. Suave always wins hands down. I have written about Suave quite a few times here on my blog, so you know this isn’t a hoax. With so many different scents to appeal to your senses, it might be hard choosing just one.
Deodorant & Body Spray
After a shower, just as it is at home, I always use a deodorant and body spray. While the body spray isn’t entirely necessary after using the Suave body wash, having the extra boost of scent leaves me feeling refreshed.
Extra Pair of Socks & Shoes
After working out, I know my feet are usually sweating in my shoes. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate wearing a fresh pair of clean socks. Taking an extra pair of shoes so that they can be switched out after a workout is also a must.
You don’t want to leave the gym after a shower wearing the same clothes you had on, right? Oh no you don’t! So always walk with an extra pair of clean clothing, which includes, underwear and outerwear. I tend to walk with shorts and a tee, weather permitting of course.
I recently took the Suave Body Wash Quiz to see which fragrance they would pair me with. I have to admit that I took it three times. As you know, I am originally from the Caribbean so love fragrances that remind me of home. While I’m typing this, I am dreaming of dipping my toes in the Caribbean Sea, while drinking from a fresh coconut, so my favorites were obviously Tropical Coconut and Ocean Breeze. However, I’m a big fan of floral scents too, upon arriving at the store to pick up my scents just couldn’t resist getting Sweet Pea and Violet after taking a whiff. Oh man! I’m going to tell you, that it may be difficult just choosing your favorite scent so pick them all up! After all, they’re fairly inexpensive, but they’ll freshen and brighten up your day.
And here’s an incentive for you to get a bottle or two. Take the quiz to find your own favorite scent and get a cash back offer from Ibotta. Win-win! So what are you waiting for? Keep a bottle in your gym bag like I do and in each bathroom in your home.