Happy Friday! Joining Cynthia and Courtney for the weekly Friday Five with the general topic of food and drink. I like to take liberties with our general topic and because it has been SO HOT in DC this week am giving you a peek at what’s in my gym bag. Just some summer essentials that help to keep me “nourished”. 🙂
Aveeno Protect+ Hydrate Sunscreen SPF 70. I am so bad about using sunscreen but runners tan demonstrates it’s necessity! And it’s DC, and it’s hot… 🙂 I pretty much exclusively use Aveeno products for most of my skin care so when I found this at such a high SPF level I knew I needed to try it. It goes on very light and non greasy and actually holds for a long time while also moisturizing perfectly.
Gym towel. I hate that I sweat so insanely profusely, but hey at least my pores are clear! 😉 I have a linen closet full of branded towels I’ve gotten at different events so always have something on hand to throw into my bag. My favorite though is my Mission (affiliate link) cooling towel. It’s very absorbent as a dry towel but also serves as a cooling towel when it’s wet. Great for post workout cool downs!
Water Bottle. Another thing I have in abundance are water bottles. I keep them everywhere, on my nightstand, coffee table, in the car. For working out my preference is my Nathan Fire and Ice bottle (affiliate link). A great find I picked up at City Sports before they went out of business. It keeps my water cool for a really long time and in the summer I’ll pop an ice cube in for even more refreshing cool.
Ultima. I think this goes without saying – I love my Ultima!! When I know I’ll be outside in the heat, or my workout will be especially hard (or sweaty, like heated yoga) I need more than water to keep hydrated. They’ve just adjusted the formula and reduced the packaging to save waste. I think it tastes even better. And that’s saying a lot since I already loved it.
Lorissa’s Kitchen jerky. I love this stuff!!!! I was first introduced to it as a Fit Foodie Ambassador as they sent each ambassador a gift package. I’ve been hooked ever since. Even better they sell it at Target. I always keep a pack (or try to) in my bag for a quick snack after leaving the gym to tide me over. The Szechuan Peppercorn is definitely my favorite, but they are all pretty good, flavorful and spicy.
What essentials are in your summer gym (or other specific workout) bag? What one thing can’t you live without?