Motivational Monday–Set Yourself Up for Success

Welcome to yet another brand new week!  Although we can really start fresh at any moment and any day, I’m always especially grateful for the clean slate Mondays bring. 

I thought I’d get into a bit of logistics for you in today’s Motivational Monday post and literally show you what being prepared looks like to me.  

Before I finish each weekend I set my bags up for the week [my school bag, workout bag, practicum bag, etc.].  This process has become second-nature to me, but it truly helps me not feel so scattered throughout the week as the days blur together and meetings roll into hours of schoolwork. 

Today I’m going to focus on the workout bag [because really, who wants to see what’s in my school bag?].  My goal in setting up my workout bag is to have enough stuff in it to complete a full workout if for some reason I had an hour to spare.  Or if a friend called and said, “Hey, wanna meet at the beach and study?”.  Or if I felt like going to yoga instead of studying for a third hour. 

Ultimately, it shouldn’t be an option to turn down a workout if I don’t want to, even if I’m half an hour from my house.

So, what’s in the bag?


[First off, I have to say that I absolutely adore my Under Armour workout bag.  It’s got loads of room, side pockets, front zippers, and even a loop for my hair ties (I’m an organization queen!)]. 

  • Clean, dry clothes for post-workout: You may have noticed that I’m not high maintenance.  I don’t wear much makeup or put much energy into fashion.  Extra clothes that aren’t easily wrinkled are key for me.  I can go straight from teaching a TurboKick class to sitting in a meeting in t-minus 30 minutes. 
  • Stuff for showering: Some people aren’t big on showering in public spaces, but I’ve had absolutely no problem in that area since my communal bathroom in college.  Being able to shower at my workout facility saves time and energy, especially since I live about 20 minutes from town [where I work and go to school]. 
  • Workout + shower towels: should be pretty self-explanatory, right?  You can’t shower unless you’ve got a towel [or you’ve got some wicked skillz].  I also keep a beach towel in my trunk [because I’m lucky enough to live in Hawai`i].
  • Swim suit + goggles: It’s pretty hot in Hawai`i, plus swimming is an incredible workout for everyone, so if there’s ever a chance that I can get to the pool/beach to do a few laps or take a water aerobics class, I’m in! 
  • Extra set of workout gear: I like to stash a good all-purpose tank and capris in the bag so that I could use it for anything from a quick jog to a Vinyasa Flow class. 

Also in my bag, but not pictured:

  • My iPod + Polar heart rate monitor: I don’t monitor my heart rate every time I exercise, but I do use it quite often as a gauge. 
  • A couple TurboKick rounds: to practice teaching or to get a quick self-taught workout in.
  • Rubber bands, panty liners, bobby pins: things that make my life easier.
  • High-protein snacks: protein powder [to be mixed with water/veggie juice], almonds, sometimes a peanut butter sandwich… ya know, real food to nourish my body after a good sweat sesh. Smile

And with that, I’m off to teach a kickboxing class!  Maybe I’ll get in another workout today, too. Winking smile

Do you keep extra stuff in your workout bag, just in case?  How do you set yourself up for success?

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3 thoughts on “Motivational Monday–Set Yourself Up for Success

  1. AmandaonMaui says:

    I don’t keep a workout bag because I do all of my exercising at home. It’s just me, aerobics videos, pilates videos, dumbbells and a treadmill. I’ve thought about taking a class at the Wellness Center at the college if my schedule works out for it next semester.Then I’ll need a workout bag. I used to keep one when I did Bikram yoga. I had my dry clothes, my towel, a hairbrush and washing supplies. No makeup either. I only wear it when my skin is looking particularly bad or when it’s a special occasion.

  2. Melissa @TryingtoHeal says:

    i’ve never had a workout bag because I’ve only belonged to a gym once (last winter) but I usually had a set of jackets and sweat pants to take to the gym to wear after my run/workout because it was always cold/snowing after I got done!

  3. Angela @ The Chicken Scoop says:

    I have all sorts of things in my gym bag that I hardly use but its there if I need it! One thing that comes to mind are those sheets you use to wipe any oil off your face. That is for just in case I have to run somewhere after a light workout and I didn’t get to shower. I used them a lot more when I worked out before work but now I barely touch them!

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