5 Essential Items to Have When Exercising - Carolina Country

5 Essential Items to Have When Exercising

Tips to help protect your body during a workout

By Rue Reynold

5 Essential Items to Have When Exercising

Cooler weather and beautiful colors are the perfect recipe for outdoor jogs or a window seat at the gym. No matter where your favorite spot lies, remember that your body is top priority and should always be taken care of. Here are five items to bring with you before starting your workout session.

1. First-aid kit 
Injuries can happen at any time, so take a small list of items just in case. This kit can include bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic, elastic wraps, pain-numbing spray and hydrogen peroxide to help kill germs.

2. Non-carbonated drinks 
While carbonated beverages can give you a quick energy boost, these drinks may hinder your performance and create excess sugar you may not want. Staying hydrated is important, so make sure your water or non-carbonated drink is ready to grab when you need it.

3.Ways to restore electrolytes 
As you sweat, your body releases electrolytes which can result in muscle cramps and long-lasting fatigue. To help prevent or recover from this, consult your MD for the best option for you, such as electrolyte-rich beverages, foods or salt pills.

4. Baby wipes 
Baby wipes can cool you off when you get too hot and can also be used as a quick refresher until you hit the shower.

5. Source of contact 
You never know what might happen, so have your phone at your side or locate the nearest place you’ll be able to make a call in the event of an emergency. If you’ll be jogging or hiking alone, be sure to tell someone where you’ll be and when to expect you back.

Whether you’re hiking up a mountain or working on planks in a gym, these five tips can assist you in your exercise success.

About the Author

Rue Reynold is the editorial assistant for Carolina Country

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