If there’s one thing about myself that I know to be true, it’s the fact that my need to be hyper-prepared for any situation is often what gives me an excuse to avoid working out. At the beginning of the Summer, I cataloged all of my workout gear, looked at my towel collection, and started to build the bare essentials that I could carry in a backpack on a daily basis (within reason) to encourage spontaneous workouts. For me, the essentials are:
1. water bottle
2. running shoes
It’s important for me to feel prepared so that I don’t get in my own head and make up excuses for why I can’t work out. I’m not even talking about intense workouts, either. Being able to drop in to a yoga class or sneak or quick jog on the way into the office helps my body to feel refreshed. Why not reduce the hurdle of preparedness and make it possible to take better care of myself physically more often?
The water bottle was a no-brainer. Having a collection of a dozen or so free water bottles that I’ve collected as swag over the years means being able to stash one away in my backpack easily.
The running shoes are a different story. I’ve personally been a huge fan of Brooks (mainly because their HQ is in Seattle) and really love how they’re advancing with material technology. Every product in the Brooks catalog will break down information about materials and the tech behind them, which is truly fascinating for someone who likes to see how the tech and fashion worlds collide. The Revel Running shoes by Brooks are what I like to carry with me in my backpack. Sometimes they also double as my day-shoes (if I can choose to be a little more dressed-down) and are the perfect athleisure shoe.
In terms of towels, Turkish towels (also known as Peshtemal, Hammam or Fouta towels) are truly a gift from the heavens! After a few friends returned from a trip from Turkey, they could not stop raving about Turkish towels. Turkey is known for producing some of the highest quality, lightweight cotton knits, which translate into these beautifully lightweight, absorbent (and quick drying!), and very compact-sized towels. I first bought one as a trial to see if I’d like the texture (it’s much thinner than a traditional terry towel) and was surprised by how much softer the cotton became with each launder.
The first set of towels I ever purchased were from Etsy. There are a handful of sellers in Turkey who sell the towels directly. This is the exact set I purchased (less than $10 per towel), and there are also other sellers who are offering other designs with beautifully intricate woven patterns, or these in bright colours.
With these lightweight shoes and towel tucked away in my everyday backpack, it’s hard to come up with an excuse to skip out on a light jog to work!