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You Should Bring to the Gym and Refreshing Drinks for Your Health

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It’s always great to go to the gym. You get such a rush from being healthy and taking care of yourself. But let’s be honest, going to the gym can be a hassle. You have to figure out how to get there and often times the drinks and supplements can be much more expensive once you get there.

Here are a few things you should bring with you to maximize your time at the gym.

Water/sports drink: Hydration is key here

You’ll be working up a big sweat, so be sure that you bring something to keep you hydrated. Water is usually best, but you can also bring Gatorade or a protein drink if you’re lifting weights. It will help you keep going once you start pushing yourself.

Towels:

Most gyms are actually pretty hygienic, but there’s no reason you can’t be safe rather than sorry. Bring your own towel and a change of clothes. You’ll know for sure that you’re the only person that’s used the towel and chances are, you’ll be changing there anyway.

I-pod/music player:

There’s nothing like getting in the zone listening to your favorite music at the gym. Studies show that athletes that listen to music while working out often improve their performance. Upbeat music works best, just be sure you stay focused on the workout!

Lock and key for your locker:

You’ll want to protect your belongings and while some gyms offer locks for your locker, you may still want to bring your own. It only takes one time of having your belongings stolen to bring you down.

Gym/tote bag:

You’ll need something to carry it in. There are plenty of options out there, from backpacks to promotional branded canvas bags that you can have personalized with your name or favorite sports team. Look for bags with compartments that will help you keep your items organized and easy to find.

So there you go, all you need know is a little motivation and you’ll be as efficient as possible the next time you hit the gym.

For most of us, there’s nothing more exciting than sugar and cream stirred into coffee. It’s one excellent source of caffeine, which is helpful in keeping our energy up and boosts our metabolism.

However, too much coffee is unhealthy, and for some people, caffeine is not an option for various health reasons. Also, though coffee is a good source of energy, it can make you feel sluggish, as it wears off in the afternoon.

Green Smoothies

Add more greens to your diet by making a fresh veggie and fruit smoothie. You can experiment in various combinations of your favorite fruits such as bananas, blueberries, kale, mango, and spinach, and blend them for a quick way to wake up. You can also add barley greens, spirulina, or blue-green algae for a cup of nutrient-rich green refreshment.

Pomegranate Juice

Boost your immune system with a sweet and tangy and definitely refreshing pure pomegranate juice. You can sip the juice on its own or mix it with other beverage recipes such as fruit juices or with a smoothie. Pomegranate is an excellent energizer and antioxidant.

Prune Juice

The thick and crisp texture of prune juice helps regulate a good level of electrolytes in our body. It can boost stamina and provide our body that extra kick to get through the day. You can dilute it with water or mix it with apple juice for a thinner blend.

Nutty Smoothies

Nuts are rich in fiber and protein, and can definitely fill your tummy for a healthy afternoon snack. But did you know that you can also whip it into a smoothie and reap all same benefits? Smoothies like cashew milk, nut butter, and protein powder can help regular your body’s blood sugar level.

Lemon Water

Nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold glass of water after on a hot afternoon while in the middle of an outdoor sport. If there’s one thing more refreshing than that, it would be lemon water. Water with the zest of lemon juice is a great refreshing drink that can stimulate your senses and provide a good boost to your immune system.

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