Feeling very inspired by the recent sportiness of the Rio Olympics and with Spring around the corner, we realised that now was the perfect time to get our Gym Bag sorted!
Whether you prefer a tough session in the gym or a hitting the road for a run, the best place to start is with a Gym Bag filled with great essentials.
Gym Bag essential #1 • The perfect space
A good gym bag that can fit all your essentials is key. Whether you want a backpack or shoulder strap bag or a gym tote, look for the following features:
- Shoe storage
- Compartment organisers
- A bag large enough for your items, but small enough to fit into the gym locker
*We love the funky bowling bag style of this blue gym bag by Adidas.
Gym Bag essential #2 • The perfect gear
When it comes to the perfect gear for running and gym, we love the funky colours and cool designs of the Nike Dri-FIT range.
Nike Dri-FIT is a high-performance, micro fiber, polyester fabric that moves sweat away from the body and to the fabric surface, where it evaporates. As a result, Dri-FIT keeps athletes dry and super comfortable.
*Dri-FIT technology is used in a variety of Nike products – we found these Rio inspired basics simply irresistible:
- Green Nike Dri-FIT running tank
- Yellow Nike Dri-FIT sports bra
- Light blue Nike Dri-FIT training tights
- Blue Nike Dri-FIT running hat
Gym Bag essential #3 • The perfect shoe
Whether you’re in need of a great cross trainer or a super comfy running shoe – the perfect training shoe is an essential you should definitely invest in. Nothing is worse than an ill-fitting poor quality trainer that tire and hurt your feet.
The good news is that Nike, Adidas, Asics, New Balance and Reebok all have a great variety to choose from. All you need to do is take the time and make the effort to do the research, fit a couple of different options, ask advice from those in the know and viola! You’ll be ready to run in no time. The best running shoe is simply the one that is most suited to your unique body and bio-dynamics.
*We love these bright blue and neon orange Gel Nimbus running shoes from Asics.
SMART TIP: Don’t forget a good pair of blister-proof socks. These socks by Nike is the perfect blend of breathability and comfort. Hot feet and rubbing fabric are both uncomfortable and unnecessary distractions from your run!
Gym Bag essential #4 • The perfect jam
How boring is a run on the road or the treadmill without some cool tunes? Throw a couple sets of headphones in your bag, just in case you leave one at home. We love to run with our iPhone and the iPhone headphones stay put no matter how tough your workout is.
Gym Bag essential #5 • The perfect timing
If you want to get really serious about your training, we recommend you invest in a proper training watch. We love the Garmin Forerunner 15 which captures essential stats from your run like time, distance and pace.
The Garmin Forerunner 15 has up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode. It also has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 meters), which means it resists rain and sweat and can even join you for a swim.
Photography: Eye Poetry Photography
*Coming up in September on the blog? Put a SPRING in your step with super foods by Jill, Active Jams by Magpie, fab Spring fashion and fresh tips by Tiffany.