by Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin
New year, new goals! Ready to hit the gym? Not without these 5 essentials in your gym bag!
Goody Slideproof Flat Elastics. Target: $5
1. Hair Accessories
Keep cool and comfortable by pulling your hair away from your face. There's no right or wrong way to do this: high or low ponytail, messy or controlled bun, hair ties or head band. Experiment with different styles until you find the one that works best for your and your workout.
Solid Bath Hand Towels. JCPenny: $10
2. Small Towel
Feeling the burn yet? If you start to feel too hot during your workout, run a towel under cold water and pat down your face and neck with it. The face and neck are some of the most temperature sensitive areas, so if you cool them down you'll feel cooler.
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. Walmart: $4
3. Face Wipes
Sweat is a normal part of working out. Uncomfortable, but normal. Facial and body wipes are an easy way to clean up sweat and keep you feeling comfortable and refreshed.
Dove Anti-perspirant Deodorant, Wegmans: $3
Speaking of sweat, deodorant and antiperspirant is a must for a workout. If you hit the gym after work, the deodorant you applied during your morning routine may no longer provide the protection you need. Carry some deodorant in your bag to apply before your workout or as a touch up in between routines.
S'ip by S'well Stainless Steel Bottle. Dicks: $25
5. Water Bottle
The most important part of any workout is to stay hydrated! Water is the most efficient way to cool down your body (70% of our bodies are water!) so don't forget your bottle at home.
Beat the heat with the latest in cooling apparel: the UnderCool! With cooling packs made from non-toxic phase change material, the UnderCool can keep you cool and comfortable for up to 3 hours! Best of all, you can wear it under you normal workout gear and no one will be able to tell the difference!