Fill your gym bag with these 10 things you need to work out in the winter to make even the coldest day one that you’re excited to work out! And if you don’t work out, these make great gifts for people who like to work out as well. Thanks to Mark & Graham for sponsoring this post. While the post may be compensated, all ideas and content are 100% honest and my own. This post also contains affiliate links.
Okay, let’s just admit it. Exercise outside in the winter isn’t fun unless you’re the kind of person who likes feeling your chest constricted and your throat burning from the cold. Been there, done that. Oh and not to mention having to hop over patches of snow and staring straight at the ground so you don’t slip on that piece of black ice. It’s not just cars that go spinning out of control. So what do you do? You go to the gym to run on the dreadmill or take a spinning class instead of navigating your own bike through snow patches. It’s just a part of life and something we all have to deal with, unless you’re gonna hibernate from working out all winter long, which I do not recommend.
So let’s talk about 10 things you need to work out in the winter, what I call my winter gym bag essentials.
10 Things You Need to Work Out in Winter
A Great Gym Bag
First off, you’ve got to start with the gym bag itself. Don’t just grab a ratty old duffle bag that you hate being seen with. Pick out a gym bag that you absolutely love because you’re going to be using it a lot. And try to get one that’s cute so that you can run into the grocery store or Target after the gym without cringing every time someone looks your in direction.
My gym bag of choice is this Mark & Graham Colorfield Weekender Bag. First off, how cute is this bag?
I went with navy blue because well my Facebook readers voted on navy blue and it’s a good neutral color for the winter but pretty sure any of the other four colors (orange, red, black, or green) would be a great choice as well. I’d be happy to be seen wandering around any grocery store with it because it looks nothing like a gym bag. But with its large interior and huge pockets inside, it’s actually the perfect gym bag. And you guys, it has a hot pink B on the side just for me. And if it were you, it would have whatever your initial is because Mark & Graham products come with free personalized monograms. You don’t like hot pink playful letters, choose something you do like from tons of options.
In the middle of the summer you can probably get by with tossing in some shorts and a tank top. In the winter? Not so much. You’re working out at the gym where it’s bound to be hot so start by tossing in those same shorts and a tank top or whatever you would normally work out in and don’t forget the sports bra and socks. I can tell you from experience that no sports bra means no workout for me. Then add in clothes to put over top of those ones so when you’re done working out you can just throw a pair of comfy pants over your shorts and a hoodie like this cashmere one over your tank top.
Three Pairs of Shoes
In the winter I typically wear one pair of closed toe shoes (like my TOMs) to the gym, pack my tennis shoes, and bring a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower. I actually just leave my tennis shoes in my gym bag so they’re packed and ready to go (no searching the house for the missing shoe) and then I don’t end up trekking through ice and sleet in them. They’re expensive and taking care of them helps them last longer.
That’s another reason I love my Mark & Graham Weekender bag; it fits all of those pairs of shoes with plenty of room to spare, which is perfect since I typically shower at the gym after my workout is over. Free daycare is where it’s at. That Mark & Graham bag can fit everything I need for a regular workout and everything I need for my shower – towels, hairbrush, flip flops, cosmetics, soap, shampoo, ec.
I highly recommend keeping your shower supplies in a zipper pouch or bag inside of your larger tote so that when it’s time to shower you can just grab them and have everything you need. I actually bought myself the matching Mark & Graham Colorfield Clutch just for this purpose. It keeps my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, and makeup all in one place. Speaking of shower stuff, I buy a separate travel size of everything and just keep it in my gym bag. I can guarantee if you’re trying to transfer things over from your actual shower to your gym bag every day that you’re gonna forget something. And a shower with no soap is just not the same.
If you don’t shower at the gym, the zipper clutch is also a perfect place to put your jewelry, wallet, cell phone, and valuables so that you can just grab the pouch when you go to the grocery store later if you’d rather not bring in the entire bag. Or to bring into the spinning class without having to drag in the whole bag. And again, it’s ridiculously cute so even if you don’t have a particular reason to buy it now, if you buy one, I can guarantee you’ll find some awesome way to use it.
First, a water bottle. I try to bring one that has is smaller around to guarantee that it’ll fit into the cup holders on the workout machines. I’m personally in love with the new glass water bottles, just make sure to get one with a fitted outside so it doesn’t break.
A regular towel for showering and a hand towel for sweat. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you’re not gonna sweat. You’re probably going to sweat more because gyms tend to crank up the heat when it’s cold outside and heat = more sweat. And how cute are these personalized Mark & Graham hand towels? I love that spin one!
One of my most important items is an iPod (or other music player) headphones, and music that you love. This colorful earbud and charger holder is perfect for traveling back and forth to the gym without your headphones getting all tangled. And having your charger with you is a great idea because tons of workout equipment now have hookups for USB cords! If you’re looking for new workout music, I’ve got a great running playlist, a strength training playlist, and a cardio (but not running) playlist that you can get some ideas from.
Cold weather means dry skin. And dry skin is not fun when you’re working out. This pink grapefruit hand lotion would be perfect for waking anyone up before a workout!
So to recap, here’s a quick list of all of the things you need to work out this winter and p.s., if you don’t like to work out, these are also great gift ideas for someone who likes to work out! I love to work out and would love to receive any of these gifts. Click on any of the images below to be taken directly to the product.
- Mark & Graham Colorfield Weekender Bag or other large stylish gym bag
- Hot weather workout clothes like shorts and a tank top
- Sweats, hoodie, jacket to wear over workout clothes
- Three pairs of shoes – closed-toe for outside, tennis shoes, and flip flops for the shower
- Mark & Graham Colorfield Clutch or other small zipper pouch for shower supplies
- Shower supplies – shampoo, conditioner, brush/comb, razor, body wash, etc.
- Water bottle
- Hand towel and regular towels for showering
- iPod or other music player, headphones, and charger preferably in an earbud holder