Being a mom means having a whole pharmacy in your bag at any time. I lug around everything from bandages to booger wipes and items I don’t even remember throwing in my bag. I haven’t been to the gyms in ages it seems. Before I was a working mother of three I owned a sleek, sophisticated gym bag with pockets for all kinds of wonderful self-care products. I would spend extra time in the steam room (yes, a steam room, not the bathroom full of steam to loosen up a small child’s mucous) breathing in aromatherapy oils, in the sauna spritzing myself with scented water, or even on the luxurious locker-room benches lathering on lotions.
Although those days of leisure time have passed, I still know what I would keep in my gym bag if I ever had the chance to think about my own health and well being for a New York minute. The one thing being a parent has made me more cognoscente of is natural health products. Every day products I would usually use have now gone to the wayside each passing year as I become more of a crunchy mama.
Here are my top picks for your gym bag:
1.Zim’s Max-Freeze® and Zim’s® Maximum Heat™. These are two over the counter pain relief products. Zim’s Max-Freeze® delivers temporary relief to aching muscles and joints. Zim’s Max-Freeze is formulated with naturally-based ingredients including aloe, arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil. Zim’s® Maximum Heat is a heat-based pain relief product with capsaicin for arthritis, stiffness, backache, strains and sprains. It is formulated with naturally-based ingredients including aloe, arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil. No Parabens, No Sulfates and No Animal Testing. The Max-Freeze is said to have a vanishing scent, but mine did not vanish that quickly and it had the consistency of aloe gel – it was a little sloppy to apply. The Max Heat has a great roll on feature which instantly gives you the heat without the mess. I put each on a different side of my neck and could notice the difference in feeling state, one side was cool feeling like peppermint oil, the other was a deep warming feeling like a hot compress. Working out can leave you with some aches and pains, or maybe you are moving more to fend of arthritis. Instead of reaching for pills, roll on some relief.
2. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal. Made of 100% natural ingredients, with no harmful aluminums or parabens, and containing pharmaceutical grade mineral salts. Comes in a spray and a roll on. Both work wonderfully and are oddly fragrance free. Mainstream deodorants give me cysts on my underarms so I long ago moved to natural products. Many contain essential oils that can be overbearing. I was surprised that these products had no scent, and at the end of the day after dancing and walking in the sun – neither did I! You don’t want to be person in the gym keeping everyone else out of the free weight room. Be sure to pack some deodorant.
3. MoistStic Natural Lip Protection. Made with ingredients that make the difference, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Peppermint Oil. I really thought I would experience burning lips based on these ingredients but the product goes on smooth and keeps your lips soft. A must have in gyms bags. Too many people forget about hydrating their lips when they are exercising and getting thirsty – lip licking makes your lips more dry because the bacteria from your mouth in your saliva dry out the lips. Pop MoistStic in your purse too! You spend so much time working on a hot bod, you want smooth and healthy lips to kiss. Preserve healthy skin with MoistStic and create a protective layer from the drying effects of the sun, altitude and cold weather.
4. Hydro Flask®, This flask’s double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks icy cold up to 24 hours (even in the blazing sun!). BPA and aluminum free bottles ensure no leaching of chemicals, plastic or aluminum, into beverages with non-toxic food grade powder coated exterior and soy-based ink logos. Made with 100 percent, 18/8 stainless steel; resistant to bacteria and odors; backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty. The bottles come in a variety of shapes and styles including standard wide-mouth and narrow, as well as food flasks (great for picnics and school lunches), beverage flasks, tea/travel flasks with Hydro Flip lids and growlers. That’s right, becoming a crunchy mama means no more plastic bottles, and absolutely no BPA. Reusable bottles like those from Hydro Flask make refilling water and drinks fashionable and fun. You definitely don’t want to give up the prime real estate that is the elliptical closest to the TV to go get water, but you also don’t want to be the dullard mindlessly filling landfills with plastic bottles. Great for all seasons, you literally can put a hot tea on your nightstand and wake up in the morning with hot tea on your nightstand! Pick up a Hydro Flask and never suffer plastic bottle guilt again.
Mother’s Day is around the corner, literally down the block at the end of this week! There is still time to create a great gift basket with any or all of these products for moms who make it to the gym. Don’t miss out on the message of natural health this season.
Samples of items were provided for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed are completely my own and given freely.