The warming weather means shorts and bikini season is upon us, making our visits to the gym ever more important. Whether you’re just emerging from a winter workout slump or simply want to pack your gym bag with everything you need to go from sweaty fitness class to the office, here are 10 gym-bag essentials that will keep you fueled and hydrated while protecting and nourishing your skin.
NXE ActiveSleeve Arm Sleeve
www.nxeproducts.com; $30 for a 2-pack
Why hold on to your iPod while running on the treadmill when you can slip it into the ActiveSLEEVE by NXE? This fitness-friendly arm sleeve is an extremely lightweight, cushioned, breathable arm sleeve that allows active individuals accessibility and enjoyment of their mobile device without the weight or annoyance of carrying it — just think of all the additional exercising you can do with your hands free! A vertical Velcro strip allows closure flap to cinch down and securely hold your electronic device in place, even during the most active training. The ActiveSLEEVE is compatible with MP3 players and mobile phones.
EatStrong Energy Bar
www.eatstrong.com; $2.50 per bar
For the days you’re racing from the office to the gym or you’re famished after a hard workout, having a few EatStrong Energy Bars in your gym bag will ensure you can fuel and refuel around your fitness schedule. Made with flax, sunflower and hemp seeds, whey protein, oat bran, cacao nibs and organic chocolate, these all-natural snacks provide a healthy combination of fats, carbohydrates and protein as well as omega-3s. EatStrong Energy Bars pack 230 calories of great-tasting muscle-fueling ingredients.
Bobble Reusable Water Bottle
www.waterbobble.com; starting at $9
While doing your part to be kind to environment by drinking from a reusable bottle, you can also be kind to your body by hydrating from a bottle that has a carbon filter that cleans your water of chlorine and other impurities. Staying hydrated is key to a healthy metabolism, your sports performance and recovery from exercise. The Bobble will also save you money (use your savings for a sports massage) and can be used up to 300 times before you’ll have to replace the filter.
Bom Dia Coconut Splash
www.bomdia.com; $2.50 for 15-ounce bottle
Coconut water is one of the latest go-to drinks of fit celebrities and can be a refreshing go-to for you after a workout. Free of additives and preservatives, made of coconut water and mango juice, Bom Dia Coconut Splash is a healthy way to rehydrate while also replenishing electrolytes you’ve sapped while exercising (each bottle contains more potassium than a banana). Unlike other coconut water competitors, the real fruit juice in Bom Dia makes this coconut drink deliciously unique.
Hurraw Sun Balm SPF 15
For the days you check in at the gym so you can take a run outdoors, then come back for a weight workout (or spa treatment), keep your lips protected with Hurraw Sun Balm. With SPF 15, this silky-smooth lip treatment is made with non-nano zinc oxide for UVA and UVB protection and is extra-thick for longer staying power. Juicy tangerine and calming Roman chamomile extracts, sea buckthorn oil, red raspberry seed oil and pomegranate oil make it a super delish way to moisturize, protect and heal your kisser. Hurraw Sun Balm is also vegan-friendly.