What's in your gym bag?
With the Olympics well underway, SheKnows.com thought it would be fun to round up some of the must-have gym bag products we envision our talented athletes using. From functional lip balm to incredible post-workout wear, we've dug up everything you need to reach your athletic, perhaps even Olympic, peak fitness.
As an athlete, you have to give training your all no matter what time of the month it is. This innovative product – like a tampon, but more effective – can be worn for up to 12 hours and holds up to twice the amount of menstrual blood as tampons or pads. It can currently be found in a number of Olympic Training Centers across the US. As an added bonus, it's hypoallergenic, non-toxic and contains no harmful chemicals, dyes or perfumes.
GUATS is an eco-friendly line of clothing made from ultra-soft bamboo. Every piece of clothing is moisture wicking, body-temperature regulating (meaning it will keep you cool when you're hot, and hot when you're cool) and antibacterial. It's perfect for layering underneath your snowboard or skiing gear. The line is also quickly become a favorite of celebrities – it's been spotted on everyone from Woody Harrelson to Kat Dennings.
Après-workout, we can only assume there's one thing most athletes want to do: curl up in a cozy, soft-as-cashmere outfit. Which is why we envision them carrying around Bamjamz. The playful pajama line is made of eco-friendly material – bamboo and organic cotton – and is unbelievably perfect to lounge around in. With tanks, short sleeve tees, tunics, long pants and leggings available, they're even adorable and trendy enough to wear around your ski lodge or village.
Smith's Rosebud Salve
Spending time outdoors in the winter can wreak havoc on your skin and lips, especially if you're swooshing down the slopes and putting your exposed parts at risk for windburn. A surefire cure? Smith's Rosebud Salve. The product, formulated in 1892, can be used to heal chapped lips and skin as well as windburn. It's also great for softening rough cuticles and hands.
We all know that protecting our skin from the sun's harmful UV rays is important, but many of us forget to lather up in the winter. That's why, before you – or any athlete – heads outside for some snowy playtime, it's important to protect your skin with a high-quality skin-protection line like Dermalogica's Bodyblock SPF 20. The luxurious product is hypoallergenic and richly textured and – tried and tested – will withstand any amount of sweating you do while outside.
Genuine Health Products
When you're pushing your body to the physical limit, it's always important to fuel it with all-natural, nourishing products, which is where Genuine Health, a supplement line comes in. They offer an array of products athletes can use to take care of their body: proteins+ helps instantly repair and rebuild muscles after a workout; greens+ is the ideal super-food formula to super-charge the body with essential phytonutrients, antioxidants and nutrients; o3mega+, a daily fish oil supplement, is a must for essential omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and to keep your heart healthy; and their newest product, fast joint care+, a product made with patented NEM (natural egg membrane), reduces joint pain, sports injuries and symptoms of osteoarthritis in as little as seven days.