As a girl who feels best after my morning gym session, I have come up with a very streamlined “getting ready” routine that I complete at the gym most mornings.
Several of the women at the gym each week compliment me on my speed at getting into my professional wear and I have been called a very fast “getting readier” more than a few times.
I thought that if the ladies in my gym were asking me for tips, you may find some of my tips helpful too!
For me, it all comes down to what is in my gym bag.
Of course there are times when I have forgotten some pretty important items, but these are the basic items that I keep in my gym bag to help me get in and out of the locker room in plenty of time for work. I have cut my getting ready time down to just 30 minutes including a full shower, styling my hair, putting on my makeup, and accessorizing 😉
Items in my bag:
Jewelry–I always pick out my jewelry the night before when I pick out my outfit so that I don’t have to make too many decisions early in the morning. This also helps to keep my outfits somewhat stylish, because I feel accessories showcase ones fashion and truly add to an outfit.
Mirror–I use the mirror to look at the back of my head because I usually curl my hair and want to make sure that I don’t miss any pieces. This is also great to have on hand because sometimes the mirror at the gym can be a little packed with other people.
Showering Essentials–this includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, razor, and face wash. I have everything in mini travel sized bottles that I just keep in my gym bag so that I don’t have to remember to take them out or repack if I shower at home one day.
Pre-Planned Workout–I always come to the gym with a plan that is either typed out or written on a piece of scrap paper. Coming to the gym with a plan helps me workout harder, and get things done in a more efficient amount of time. Time is valuable while I am working out and while I am getting ready.
Straightener and/or Curling Iron–I typically curl my hair, but I like to carry both with me just in case. It’s always good to have a back-up just in case one were to break or something!
Hair Dryer–Many gym provide hair dryers for the members to use while getting ready, but you never know what you are going to get or if they are all going to be used by other members. I find it is best to keep one in my bag…just in case.
Downy Wrinkle Release–When trying to dress for work, it’s important to make sure that your clothes aren’t wrinkled. When you are packing your clothes the night before and carrying them with you, sometimes things get wrinkled and you don’t want to go into work with wrinkly clothes! This little bottle has saved me a couple of times.
Hair Brush/Teasing Comb–essentials. I just keep them in my gym bag because I don’t know what I would do without them!
Lint Roller–Just like the wrinkle release, you never know what is going to happen to your clothes when you are packing them and traveling with them, so it is best to be prepared.
Makeup Bag–self explanatory, but I keep this in my bag as well.
By having these items, picking out my clothing the night before, and focusing while getting ready I am able to get in and out of the gym locker room in no time!
I do have to admit that I don’t wash my hair every single day. My sister and one of my great friends are hair dressers and they have told me more times than I can count that it is best to NOT wash your hair every day. For days that I do this, my secret weapon is Big Sexy Hair Powder Play.
I LOVE this stuff. It works great if you apply it at your roots and slightly tease the hair. It helps to absorb the extra oils if you are having a day when you don’t wash your hair, or you are running short on time at the gym.
So, that’s how I streamline my morning to get into professional gear in no time!
Question of the Morning:
What does your morning routine look like?
Do you shower at the gym or do you get ready at home?
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