You have finally broken up with your couch and joined the gym. Congratulations! Now that you have begun your journey towards looking like a million bucks, it’s time to look a take a look at your old gym wear. What do you see? Let us guess. Oversized t-shirts (which most probably belonged to your ex), ghastly looking baggy tracks (which can used as a tent), and a gym bag which has started growing something weird and green.
First things first, you must get rid of it all. Why? Because the gym is not just a place where you shed excess fat; it’s a place for physical transformation. Therefore, to do justice to all the effort you put in, you must look the part. We are talking about effortless style that will make your gym time fun and worthwhile.
But fret not, as we have come up with a list of items that you must invest in.
Item No 1: Stylish Gym Bag
A gym bag is the ideal marriage of two functionalities — utility and aesthetics. Remember that gym bags are not constructed like our everyday casual bags. The ideal ones are designed to contain clothes drenched in sweat, water bottles and shoes. So, pick one that is water resistant because wet shirts and towels needs to be segregated to prevent tapping of odour and moisture inside.
Item No 2: Sports Bra
No, wearing your old bra underneath does not make it a sports bra. A good sports bra is a crucial item, just like a pair of good running shoes, because the breasts need to be held firmly in position to minimise bouncing around. Not only that, it also prevents sagging and stretching of the breast muscles.
Item No 3: Sports Water Bottle
It might be easier to carry an old bottle of mineral water, but it’s not safe. Old plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals and are a party zone for all kind of germs, allergies and infections. Add to that the sweaty atmosphere of the gym, and we don’t need to spell out what ensues. It’s best to carry your own gym bottle and keep it close to you so that you don’t have to walk to the cooler each time you get thirsty.
Item No 4: Funky Tracks and Shorts
In the gym you will be in different positions, whether it’s running, squatting, lunging or bending. During this time, you need bottoms that not only cover the essentials, but also absorb the sweat. It also helps if they don’t look like your sixth grade athletics pants. Opt for something brightly coloured, comfortable and which allows plenty of movement.
Item No 5: Heart Rate Monitor
Simply put, a heart rate monitor helps you keep track of your heart rate during your workout. With this item you will be able to ensure the safety of your fitness programme. Not only does an HRM look stylish, it helps you measure your progress in the gym. When you monitor your heart rate and it does not go above your resting heart rate, you will know that you’re not working hard enough.