The most important aspect of being successful at the gym is having a plan. The majority of people you see going in and crushing every workout are there for one reason only: to work out. They are aware of the exercises that must be performed and do not waste time in between activities.
Going to a traditional gym, on the other hand, necessitates more than just showing up and completing a workout from start to finish. It is especially important to bring workout essentials with you so that you can be prepared, work out easily, and clean up afterward.
- Here’s how to work out at your best, from the right running shoes to medical alert bracelets to comfortable clothing.
- Your card of membership
If you belong to a gym, you probably have a card that proves you have permission to be there. Before you leave for the gym, double-check that you have your membership card. If you’re lucky, you might have one of the keychain cards, ensuring you have it at all times.
- The proper footwear
As seen in the fashion world, no two shoes are exactly the same. The same can be said for workout shoes. Whether we’re talking about running shoes or CrossFit shoes, each shoe serves a purpose. Running shoes with high arch support is available, as are those with none. For example, heavy and sturdy shoes versus light and flexible shoes. CrossFit shoes exist in a world that is similar to weightlifting shoes. They will have a flatter bottom to provide stability when performing heavy lifts.
- Wear non-chafing clothing.
Moisture-wicking clothing is another important consideration for the gym. Why is moisture-wicking important? They’re breathable and help sweat move away from the body without weighing down the clothes. Compare that to cotton t-shirts, which will cling to your skin, irritate it, and (as runners will know) chafe your nipples—ouch!
Look for high-quality women’s and men’s workout clothes that will keep you comfortable while exercising, allowing you to complete your workout without feeling sore for the rest of the day.
- A towel for the gym
Some gyms provide towels and paper towels for cleaning equipment after you’ve finished using it. Cleaning equipment is a common courtesy because it keeps the surfaces dry for other gym-goers.
Take it a step further by bringing your own towel. Keep it for yourself rather than using it on gym equipment. It’s a simple way to keep sweat out of your eyes and away from the top of your back and chest
- A distinguishable water bottle
Another must-have item is a water bottle that you can easily identify. Why is this important? You want to be able to find it no matter where you store it. It’s common to forget your water bottle at some point during a workout because you get caught up in the moment. However, you should be able to easily survey the gym and locate it.
A simple way to accomplish this is to purchase a standard reusable water bottle and cover it with stickers that are meaningful to you, such as those of your college, favorite bands, or references to movies you love, etc.
- A bracelet with a medical alert
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, it is critical that you wear a medical alert bracelet. It is engraved with your personal information, from your name to the condition you live with, making you instantly identifiable in the event of a medical emergency while exercising.
This is critical for a variety of conditions, including dementia, epilepsy, and heart disease. Diabetic jewelry, for example, can be extremely useful for those suffering from the condition. If you become disoriented while exercising or, worse, pass out as a result of a diabetic emergency, bystanders can look at your bracelet, recognize your condition, and act accordingly—whether by providing assistance themselves or contacting EMTs.
Are you on your way home from work or do you intend to take a shower?
Finally, if you’re the type who works out after work or goes to the gym before going out, it’s important to bring along essentials that allow you to clean up. Here are some of the simple necessities you should bring:
- Bag for the gym
You’ll need something to hold all of your necessities. Have a safe place to keep them all.
- A keyhole
You’ll probably change your mind once you get to the gym. That means you’ll need a place to keep your regular clothes, shoes, wallet, and other belongings. If you intend to use one of the gym’s lockers, bring a lock with you.
- Soap or body wash
You’ll need something to help clean the sweat and grime off your body if you’re going to shower. If you prefer, bring a bar of soap in a Ziploc bag. Consider bringing body wash for convenience.
- Wipes for cleaning the face
Whether or not you decide to shower, you should bring facial wipes with you. Even if you intend to leave the gym immediately after your workout, you can use a facial wipe to keep your face looking fresh and clean.
Nobody wants to smell bad in public. Wear deodorant both before and after going to the gym, if only for the sake of those around you.
- A washcloth
If you’re taking a shower, remember to bring a bath towel with you. We’ve all had the experience of being in the shower and suddenly remembering, “Ah!”I forgot to bring a towel.” Now is not the time to be that person.
- A quick bite
Don’t forget to bring a snack. You want to bring something that will keep you energized after the hardest workout, whether it’s a protein bar or a bowl full of carbs.
You can bring all of the necessary equipment, but the most important thing is a focus. With the above equipment, you can cover the fundamentals and spend the rest of your time owning your workout.
The Content is not meant to be a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any questions about a medical condition, always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider.