This post is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions are my own.
I know you all have just been on the edge of your seats wondering what I carry in my workout bag so I am finally letting the cat of the bag so to speak and posting a tell all post about the contents of my workout bag.
What I carry in my workout bag varies based on whether I am packing a bag for running outside or packing a bag to go the gym. Since I am all about honestly, I haven’t been to my gym in a while (but winter is coming unfortunately so I am sure I will be there soon enough) so this bag is packed for running outside.
Ready to see what’s inside my workout bag?
Isn’t it nice how everything dumped out of my bag so nicely? 😉 And by the way, who says you only need a good pair of shoes to be a runner…..
So in no particular order, here are the details on everything in my bag.
1. Workout Clothes – These are obviously a pretty big necessity for running or working out. What you see pictured is what I wear in warm weather. Now that the weather is cooling down, I add layers as necessary.
2. FlipBelt – I always run with my phone, so my FlipBelt is a must have for me. I also use it to store my house key or car key while I am running as well.
3. Running Shoes – I only run in Altra running shoes now and have been for a couple of years. The only exception to that rule is OCRs and mud runs and for those types of runs I run in Inov-8’s. Altra running shoes are zero drop which takes a bit getting used to but for me it was worth the transition. Altra shoes aren’t for everyone and I always recommend that the best way for you to find the perfect running shoe for you is to head to your local running store and ask someone on staff to fit you for a pair of shoes.
4. Absopure Plus – Staying hydrated is always a top priority for me, especially when working out. Because of that, I always carry Absopure Plus with me. Absopure Plus is a vapor distilled water that has electrolytes in it. Drinking something with electrolytes is important when working out because we lose electrolytes through our sweat. Not only does Absopure Plus replace electrolytes lost during workouts it is also a great alternative to sports drinks that are loaded with sugar. For more information on Absopure Plus, click here.
5. Handheld Water Bottle – I never go out on a run without my handheld water bottle. It doesn’t matter to me how short the run is, I always like to have my Absopure water with me just in case and this is the easiest way to carry it while running.
6. Pre and Post Workout Food – I always have snacks with me because you never know when you will get a case of runger. Not to mention, it is generally a good idea to have some food before and after working out. In my case, I always have a Picky Bar or a Cliff bar with me as they are my favorites.
7. Visor – Visors have become a staple in my running wardrobe. Until winter that is, when I have to replace it with a hat.
8. Music – I am one of those people who can’t run without music. Ok, so maybe I can run without it, I just prefer not to. I always have my iPod, ear buds and arm band in my workout bag. And it should come as no surprise that I have a pretty large selection of country music on my running play list. Yes, you can run to country music, I swear!
9. Garmin – Good thing this list isn’t in order of importance because if it was my Garmin would certainly be closer to the top of the list. I am pretty attached to it. Not because I am out to break records or anything but I like that it keeps me on track. Also on my Garmin is a 1BandID that acts as my ID should anything go wrong while I am out on a run. I can not stress how important it is for you to have some form of ID with you just in case of an emergency. If you don’t run with something, promise me now that you will research which product will work best for you, I don’t care if it is RoadID or 1BandID or another brand, just get one and wear it. We will both sleep better at night if you do.
10. Sunglasses – I have a pair of Oakley sunglasses that I use just for running.
11. Inhaler – It looks like I saved the most important item for last. My inhaler. If you are not already aware, I have exercise induced asthma. This basically just means that exercise will cause me to have an asthma attack. Luckily as long as I use my inhaler 15-20 minutes before working out, I typically will not have any issues. I do however carry my inhaler with me on all runs just in case.
And there you have it! These are all the things I carry in my workout bag. I would love to hear about your workout bag essentials, so feel free to comments below as to what I would find in your bag if you gave me a peek.