Fitness Self

The Power of the Packed Gym Bag

Most of us in California are very excited to be getting so much rain. Not everyone I suppose, as it has wrecked havoc and caused considerable damage in some towns. But after so many years of drought, it is wonderful to hear the rain pitter-pattering on the roof tops.

Rain however, makes it more challenging to get out and exercise. Actually, a lot of things make it challenging for me to get out and exercise! But over time, I have learned a trick or two that helps me make exercise a reality. The most important “trick” for me? Is to simply have my gym bag packed and in the car ready for me after work.

Packing the Perfect Gym Bag

In fact, I place my gym bag on the front passenger seat so that when I climb into my car after work, I cannot ignore it. The bag, filled with all my gym necessities, sits there and stares at me as I am driving back into town after a day teaching. It is a constant reminder telling me, taunting me, to hit the gym before I go home.

I have come to realize that once I get home – it is super hard for me to get back into the car and drive to the gym. Sometimes, especially in wet weather, it is really hard for me to lace up my running shoes and get myself out the door. So my solution, and it works, is to make sure that I have a packed gym bag in the car ready for the go!

You can find a list of everything that I keep in my gym bag be reading, Packing the Perfect Gym Bag.  Now, packing the perfect gym bag is step one, and step two is placing in your car so that it is there ready for you. It really is that easy.

And because I always love new gym gear, here is a round up of a few items that I am coveting at the moment!

Some really great items and some really great prices!

What so you do to help you make sure you are fitting exercise into your life? 


(34) Comments

  1. Packing light is the key! However my gym is literally walking distance from me so I just change at home and walk on over. Drive on the colder days 😉

  2. I love packing light when I hit the gym. I only carry the essentials and skip out on showering there.

  3. I actually wish that I had more time to exercise regularly. I am actively trying to make more time in my day to at least walk around the neighborhood and get some cardio into my routine.

  4. I’m more of a hiker. I think being prepared ahead of time makes it so much easier to go when you have the time.

  5. I can say that having and keeping a ready to go gym back in my car has “talked me into” going to the gym when I regularly wouldn’t.

  6. Laci says:

    Yes !!!! If mine is all ready it does make me want to go just a bit more !

  7. Morning workouts are the key to my consistency with fitness. I feel and perform my best and the time is rarely interrupted since everyone is still sleeping.

    1. Stacey says:

      I used to workout in the mornings. I really like the fresh air of the early, early mornings. But then I became a blogger.

  8. What a fabulous gym colletion! Even though I don’t go to gym but post like this bring some self motivation to do some workout despite the unfriendly weather.

    1. Stacey says:

      Fresh air is always a mood lifter for me.

  9. Perfect solution! Anything to make it easier & stay motivated 🙂

    1. Stacey says:

      I agree! Motivation at 5pm can be a challenge for me.

  10. NO more excuses for me. If my bag is packed I can just get up and go. Great post.

    1. Stacey says:

      I try to keep my excuses to a minimum. But I am not always successful.

  11. So many awesome pics! I could live in workout wear all day long.

    1. Stacey says:

      Me too! Unfortunately as a teacher I do not get to.

  12. I have to confess I have never had a gym session in my life I know that is really bad ! Love all the gear here x

    1. Stacey says:

      Ana, I think you photo shoots sound like an intense workout!

  13. This is the same as me, I generally run everywhere so when I have to make sure I have the bag packed or i’ll put off going to the gym or swim. Once it’s packed though I can just grab it and go x

    1. Stacey says:

      Sounds like we have similar routines. 🙂

  14. I never really take much to the gym other than water and my earphones for cardio. Something comfy to wear is definetely something I love to!

    1. Stacey says:

      I know – I kinda overpack! Lol!

  15. I love Maaji everything! I have also checked out other products you have recommended. They are so great

    1. Stacey says:


  16. I like having great music and something really comfy to wear. I also need to schedule it into my day or else it doesn’t get done

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes! scheduling it is so important. Music, too! the other day I realized that I did not have my ear buds in my gym bag and I seriously thought about driving away from the gym. Yes, I was already there, and I even re-started the car. I had to give myself a serious talk. It was just one of those days that I wanted to get home and hibernate. But I did force myself into the gym. It was not a pretty moment.

  17. Debra says:

    Having my gym bag packed and ready to go makes me so much more willing to head to the gym! Love your picks!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks – I’m thinking with spring I need some colorful tops.

  18. I don’t go to a gym but I can see why this is effective. It’s no excuse not to go when everything is ready and you just need to pick it up and move your butt!

    1. Stacey says:

      The rick really works for me – seems to get me moving my butt more.

  19. I don’t work out much these days, but when I did, I was working at the Y. So I’d pack a gym bag before work and I wouldn’t have an excuse to not stick around!

    1. Stacey says:

      What a great way to combine working and exercise!My gym is the Y and I love it there!

  20. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I live 5 minutes from my gym, so I don’t need a bag. I just run home to shower & I much prefer my own shower.

    1. Stacey says:

      I always shower at the gym when I swim. I need to get the chlorine off! But not after other workouts. Plus with our water rationing – I get to use the gym’s water 🙂

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