I like to be prepared. In all honesty, I rarely am, but I’m working on it. I’m an anxious kinda gal and feeling like I’m ready for any eventuality helps to keep those butterflies at bay.
Thus (yes thus :s), my gym bag is an Aladdin’s cave, a tardis, a Mary Poppins style, never-get caught-short stash of everything I could conceivably need before, during and after my workout. So here are a few all-important essentials you didn’t know you needed…
Ever think: “Oh crap I need to shave my legs!” approximately 60 seconds before you need to head out the door to work out in those 3/4 length capris? We’ve all been there ladies! (Darn gender-biased social constraints!).
Inevitably there’s the odd knick and scrape as you simultaneously attempt to shave around your knees/shins/ankles and frantically scour the washing basket for a matching pair of socks (just me?!). Even if you escape the ordeal graze-free you betcha it’s still gonna sting when you start breaking a sweat. Swipe on a quick layer of aloe and you’re sting-free and good to go. It’s the little things!
Tea Tree Wipes:
If you need to rush somewhere fast after your workout, these can be a lifesaver. The anti-bacterial, anti-sceptic tea tree neutralises any sweat related odours with a quick swipe. I use these from Australian BodyCare and they are fab.
A Water-Proof Confidence Boost:
Makeup at the gym seems to be a “controversial” (ish) topic. Let’s not hate on each other ladies. Admittedly if it’s sliding down your face due to sweat (in which case good on you for working up a sweat guuurl) it can be a bit of a confidence killer.
For me, I find a quick swipe of (very) waterproof eyeliner just gives me a small confidence boost helpful when I’m walking into a room full of people, trying to bring my A-Game. I might even brush on a bit of powder. Yeah I’ll sweat it off but hey ho-we all know that getting in there is the hardest part of the workout
The Just-In-Case Energy Kick/Electrolyte Replacement:
This depends on your training goals/needs. Ideally you’ll have a nice healthy pre-workout meal or snack that’ll keep you bouncing along happily for the duration. However, if you had to rush there and hunger pangs strike long before you’re done, simple sugar energy tablets or chews can be essential back-up.
Additionally, if you’re training long and hard (and sweating like a sinner in church #KeepinItReal), then replacing electrolytes lost through sweat can really help your performance.If you’re aiming to improve endurance/strength/fitness and don’t want your body going all catabolic on you (burning muscle for energy) because you’re, quite literally, going that extra mile, these can prove useful.
…and last but not least…
Arnica Gel or Cream:
One of my goals this year is to prioritise looking after my body and regular use of arnica is a great help! If you caught my last post you’ll know that arnica is something I use often. It’s widely available from various brands (SBC, Nelson, Kneipp and more).
I find it a great homeopathic remedy for bruising, aching and over-worked muscles and aches and pains in general. I like to pop some on any injury prone areas straight after a session to keep those hardworking little muscles happy.
– Happy Body: Training Smart –
Boxing is an intense sport and I (try to) train intensely. However, training SMART is just as if not more important than training hard. Being active helps me stay strong mentally as well as physically and I want to be active my whole life long so it’s important to look after it, even while it’s capable of bouncing back.
We spend a lot of time these days insulting and being (sometimes profoundly) unhappy with our bodies, but remember, your body enables you to do incredible things: take care of it! 🙂