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5 Gym Bag Must-Haves

Pack your gym bags everyone. According to a recent study from Gallup and Healthways, “… Boston leads the nation in active living, reporting lower rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and depression. Add to that higher rates of exercise, healthy eating, consumption of fresh produce as well as lower rates of smoking, and Boston came out the clear favorite.”

So, whether you bike to work everyday or you’re a two-a-day workout fanatic, you don’t want to show up empty-handed at the gym. A high-end gym bag isn’t necessary, but you do need something to hold the essentials and make your life a little easier.

So what are the five gym-bag essentials for men? Let’s take a look inside.

5. Dopp Kit

Unless you religiously skip the locker room and go straight home after working out in a neighborhood gym, you’ll want to pack a shaving kit with some basic essentials. This way, you can get off the treadmill, hit the showers, and make yourself presentable before clocking in for work. Stop by Chivalry Grooming Parlour at Mr. Sid to stock up.


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4. Nutrition Bars

Regardless of your plans after your workout, you’re going to need a boost of energy. Eating a nutrition bar after a workout will give you the boost you need to think clearly and will help your body as it begins the post-workout process of rest and recuperation. And by planning ahead, you’ll ensure that the food you snack on while you’re at the gym is healthy, unlike most choices found in the standard snack machine.

3. Footwear

Whether you’re going to the gym before or after work, or just getting out of the house for a quick workout, you don’t want to worry about showing up only to realize you’re still wearing work boots or wingtips. A good pair of cross-training shoes will suit your needs no matter what you do. You’ll also want to pack a pair of flip-flops so you won’t have to stand directly on the locker room floor when you shower or change clothes. Forget your flip-flops and you’re asking for a bad case of fungal infection in the form of athlete’s foot.

2. Water Bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated during your workouts. If you neglect to drink enough water, not only do you risk dehydration, you’re going to get a lot less out of your workouts as your body begins to rebel against your demands for more physical output. Keeping a water bottle in your gym bag also allows you to continue hydrating on the drive home, instead of stopping at a convenience store and stocking up on pricey bottled water or sugar-laden soft drinks.

1. Workout Clothes

Knowing that at some point you’re going to go on vacation or hit a snag in your workout regimen, it’s a good idea to get some mesh shorts so you don’t unzip your time-capsule gym bag to be hit by a wall of sour funk. But…you still want to look good, right? Introducing premium men’s active wear labels Rhone and Kjus, of our new Sid Sport collection. To combat the dreaded man-stink, Rhone’s innovative SilverTech thread fights off odor and sweat stains–permanently. Knowing you never stand still, each item is made from premium pima cotton with comfortable, four-way stretch, moisture-wicking fabrics, and a dedicated media pocket. Similarly, Swiss-born label Kjus prides itself on providing athletes a superior experience with innovations in fabrics and construction.


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