Workout Essentials Your Gym Bag Should Have

Two focuses of my blog are Athletics/Sports and Health/Wellness. If you live a healthy lifestyle, there are certain items that you likely keep handy. If not this post may give you some clues as to what to keep in supply. The following contributed post is entitled, Workout Essentials Your Gym Bag Should Have.

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If you’re a sportsperson or fitness enthusiast, you probably have a set of fitness goals and challenges you want to meet. And believe it or not, the stuff you carry in your gym bag will have a lot to say about meeting your fitness goals. Preparation is vital for keeping a successful workout routine. And having the right items in your gym bag is one of the best ways to prepare for a good workout session. Although different people may prioritize other things, depending on their individual needs, there are some essential things you should always have. So, do you want to achieve your fitness goals? Then having these things in your gym bag will prove very helpful.

Pain relievers

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If you’re still recovering from injury or enduring severe pain, your safest bet is to stay away from the gym until you’re fully fit. Your doctor should tell when it is safe to resume active physical activities after a thorough physical examination. However, when you receive the green light to resume light physical activities and workouts, it is probably best to carry some prescribed pain relievers with you. You can also rely on elastic sports tape for relieving pain. A typical example is a pt tape from KT Tape, designed to support muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Bottle of water

Taking a bottle of water along might sound too obvious, but it is one of the most important things you can ever have in your gym bag. It is essential to remain hydrated throughout your workout sessions, especially when you end up sweating a lot. Additionally, having a reusable bottle means you can always refill and continue your exercise.

Nutrition bar, shakes, or post-workout supplement

Never give yourself the chance to go hungry or low on fuel when working out. Even if you feel fine before hitting the gym, always make sure you carry something to snack on or drink to refuel you when you need it. A nutrition bar is easy to snack on while on the go. Plus, it is also easy to carry around in your bag. You can also opt for a shake or nutritious drink if you want. Another thing you may want to consider is a post-workout supplement. Find a proven option that will aid in your post-workout recovery and muscle healing. You can also consider taking along some walnuts or your favorite fruit to help keep your blood sugar level in check while speeding up your recovery and healing process.

Compression socks

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Most people think it is good to have muscle soreness after a workout routine, as they consider it a sign of a productive session. However, when you experience muscle soreness, it is probably a sign that your muscles have experienced some swelling, causing pain in the process. The best way to avoid this pain is to use a pair of compression socks, as they help reduce swelling in the muscles. Compression socks also make it easy to recover faster from your workouts while boosting circulation in your legs.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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