It’s the time of year that the daily trip to the gym falls slowly down your list of priorities. I’ve taken a slightly different approach this year and made a commitment to keep up with my gym work pre-festivities in attempt to make room for all the inevitable mince pies and Christmas pudding!
Routine for me is very important, whether it be on the gym floor or post workout in the changing rooms, it’s key to have a plan and stick to it to get the best results. I’ve got serious OCD (!) when it comes to my post gym ‘rituals’ and here’s an insight into what’s in my gym bag and my post-workout routine:
If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I am a huge fan of exfoliating gloves! It may take a little getting used to, but they are an epic addition to any shower routine. It’s important to fully cleanse the body after a workout and with the aid of exfoliating gloves you’re able to scrub away those pesky dead skin cells whilst cleaning your pores of any grime. Mine are pink (queue gasps..) but thats simply because I find soap & glory ones to last the longest!
When you are fairly limited on space it’s always good to find products that serve more than one purpose. This 5-1 (yes 5!) from L’Oreal Men Expert is ideal for a quick hair wash, body scrub and clean and moisturise. On top of that you can also use as a replacement for shaving gel, so if you need a quick stubble spruce before work, this is a winner.
Your face is one of your greatest assets and it’s crucial to fully clean those pores after a sweaty workout. When you sweat pores open up and can inevitably become clogged with grime from gym equipment and dirt, so a great cleanser is a must for any post-gym routine. Origins are one of my favourite brands for face washes and cleansers and this zero-oil deep pore cleanser is a new found favourite. The combination of cooling mint with pore-minimising Salicylic Acid helps clear pores and reduce shine, key to fighting any breakouts and the dreaded post-workout spots.
After cleansing away the sweat and grime, it’s time for a punchy moisturiser to feed the skin and keep you looking refreshed. Rituals now offer a men’s range, centred around the ‘rituals’ of the ancient Samurai, a great concept. This face balm is perfect after the gym, it’s non-sticky and is designed to help fight signs of fatigue and hydrate. The ingredients include Japanese Sencha (tea) which is proven to help in battling ageing skin and wrinkles!
No one wants to smell you for hours after the gym and once you’ve had spent all that time cleansing it’s important to top up with a strong deodrant to fight any unwanted man smells. I’m a big lover of Right Guard ‘Total Defence‘ and they now offer a Sport focused range that targets perspiration and wetness. It also smells great and can be purchased in a miniature bottle that fits nicely in the gym bag.
Your body needs some love too and a good body moisturiser is a staple for any gym bag. Kiehls Creme De Corps is one of my go-to’s and is perfect for nourishing the skin after a hard gym session. I like the fact it’s non-greasy and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling ‘silky smooth’!
The final touch for any grooming routine has to be a quick spritz of fragrance to leave you smelling fresh and ready for the day/evening ahead. I’m constantly trying out new scents on the market and a new favourite is L’Homme Ideal Eau De Parfum from Guerlain. It’s a woody scent with vanilla and almond notes, very masculine but not too overpowering. The bottle is also a nice shape for any gym bag (please excuse the slight dent, I sadly dropped this when shooting!!)
Aside from a decent grooming and skincare routine post-gym, it’s also important to refuel your body and give the muscles some much needed protein. After a workout your muscles are calling out for fuel to help rebuild and repair and you’ve got a 1 hour window to maximise this.
Wow Protein is a brand I have just come across and that’s only recently launched, offering the unique proposition of protein infused water. Pretty cool concept and makes a nice change from the thick and heavy protein shakes that crowd the market.
One huge plus is the convenience, each bottle contains 20 grams of protein alongside BCAAs and vitamins to give your body what it craves after a tough session and there’s no need for powder or tubs!
The bottle has a unique design, with the protein stored in the ‘blast-cap’; with one push the protein is infused into the water and at the point of consumption, meaning no need for preservatives – a nice change from other protein brands.
With 2017 fast approaching, why not change it up and give Wow Protein a try? Its available at Tesco and can be bought online here.
What are your gym bag essentials?
Will you be keeping up with your gym routine this Christmas or taking a break in favour of the mince pies?!