7 Gym Bag Essentials ...

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Gym bag essentials are, well, essential, for a number of reasons.

After all, working out is tough.

Not only do you need to gather the energy to get yourself TO the gym, you also need to dig deep enough to motivate yourself to jump on that treadmill, stationary bike or stair master and get to work.

Finding your fitness groove isn’t easy (or the most exciting way to spend your Saturday morning), but we’ve put together a list of what essentials to keep in your gym bag to make your fitness experience a little easier, and help you get the results you want—and deserve!

Check out these fabulous gym essentials to get the motivation you need!

1. Your ITunes Library

Music is scientifically proven to increase workout performance, so be sure to pack your iPod in your gym bag at all times!

Make a play list full of upbeat songs that will help you get pumped, and stay that way for the entirety of your workout.

Be sure to update your iTunes library weekly, so you don’t get bored of a continuous cycle of tunes.

2. Hair Tamers

Keep annoying wisps of hair away from your face with a sturdy hair band and/or durable hair ties.

It’s important to keep multiples of these must-haves in your gym bag, as they are known to snap or break easily (and without warning).2

Plus, hair ties are sort of like socks, and they end up disappearing into oblivion just when you need them most!

3. Reading Material

Pack a magazine, or three, because they're definitely gym bag essentials!

Reading on the elliptical or stationary bike may slow your speed slightly (it’s a bit difficult to read while keeping your intensity to the max), but having something to distract your mind will definitely help you pedal or push yourself longer.

Bring a health or fitness magazine, like Women’s Health or Shape—you’ll find workout regimes and fitness routines to execute once you’re ready to retire from the machine and hit the mats!

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