Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

What I pack in my gymbag, and why I think you should do the same

Don’t underestimate the power of the right products when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Resolutions are so this year. (That’s right, I’m sticking with it!) You might think motivation comes in the form of a great trainer, loyal workout buddy, kick-ass music, cute workout tops and leggings – and you’d be right. (They get my butt moving to the gym too.) But there is more. Things like a stinky gymbag, post-gym hair, raccoon eyes from sweating and the dreaded DOMS pain I’ll feel the next day can become obstacles. I’m not going to let it. So here’s what I’ve stocked up on in my gym bag:

Thera Pearl hot cold packs, $25
I love that these pads have these squishy tapioca-like beads that can mould around my legs. I just pop them in the freezer or the microwave and put them on. You wear them just like soccer shin guards.

Life Brand pain relief cream, $6
Most muscle balms are waxy and have an intense scent. I like that this one has no odour, is non-greasy and can be easily applied to the muscles I just worked out.

Gaiam Restore Massager, $23
Who doesn’t want a good massage after a tough workout? I just roll it over muscles to ease that lactic acid buildup and speed up muscle recovery.

KT Tape, $24
This tape has saved my life – err, rather my knee. Essentially it is stretchy tape that supports mild injured muscle and joints.

Kind bar, $2
I love that that it looks like real food! You can see the nuts, seeds and chocolate.

Life Trak, $70
I’m adding this to my arm party (is that uncool to say now?). This fitness monitor does more than count steps. It also tracks heart rate and fitness activity.

Gaiam towel, $10
Stinky bag be gone! This towel is made of microfiber so it won’t skunk up your bag.

EOS organic lip balm, $5
I always wear lipbalm when I work out. Because I end up breathing more heavily, this helps avoid cracked lips.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume, $11
It’s waterproof (read: sweatproof) and the gym experts I’ve interviewed swear by it as a way to avoid raccoon eyes after a sweaty workout.

Garnier Fresh wipes, $9
I like this formula because it removes waterproof makeup, which means it’ll be strong enough to remove sweat.

Skinfix natural hand cream, $18
It’s winter, and because I’m sanitizing gym equipment, I nead a heavy cream like this that can heal dry, cracked skin.

Cover FX calming primer, $38
I suffer from red face after every workout. This corrector calms my flushed red skin.

Degree MotionSense Antiperspirant, $8
I like a spray rather than a balm or rollon after a workout because you can use it for the entire body, not just my armpits.

Klorane dry shampoo, $16
This is a cult favourite because of the natural formula (it’s made with oat milk!). I love that it’s not a white powdery mess. You don’t have to be blonde to use it!