More and more Canadians have added getting healthier to their to-do lists. Working out is just that, work. But there are some ways that may make going to the gym a little easier. Let’s face it, the more comfortable you are, the more you’re going to enjoy the process of getting fit.
Check out these six gym hacks that are practical and will make your time at the gym as painless as possible:
No more smelly gym gloves. Dirty gym gloves are just nasty and if you’re pressed for time and can’t actually wash them, there’s a cool way (literally) of keeping them smelling fresh. Toss them in the freezer for a couple hours to eliminate any foul odours.
Bags for your bag. Another item you probably carry with you to your workout is a gym bag. If it holds your sweaty workout gear for more than a few minutes, it likely doesn’t smell great either. Toss a couple of tea bags in to keep it smelling sweet, even if the clothes inside aren’t.
The right fit for your shoes. Tossing your gym shoes into your bag without some separation isn’t doing your bag any favours. Buy yourself some cheap shower caps—they’ll fit nicely over your running shoes to keep your gym bag clean and the soles of your shoes protected.
Frozen fruit in your water. If it takes some effort for you to get that water down, try adding some frozen fruit to your water bottle. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are best. Add some cucumber too for an extra fresh taste that will make your bland water more palatable.
Workout clothes as PJs. If you like to head to the gym first thing in the morning even before roosters are awake, sleeping in your workout clothes could give you a head start. You won’t have to waste any time getting up and at ‘em!
Save something special for your workouts. When you know you’ll be able to listen to your favourite podcast or watch the newest TV series while you’re doing your cardio, it may actually help you to look forward to it. Watching the next episode of Schitt’s Creek on the recumbent cycle will make the time pass more quickly.