The amount new registrations following the new year at the gym is incredible, yet the amount of people that follow through is slim (no pun intended). And you think I am sitting here, on my couch, typing this because I am the big gym-goer? Nope. I am one of those people that for years now has been swearing to get back into shape and continues to neglect it. It may be because I was once a Division I competitive athlete, or that I am still remembering the 5 am morning practices, or because looking at my left shoulder scars reminds me of the toll my sport took on my body. No matter what, I have an aversion to working out.
This week I am starting to get back into the work out grind. Nothing like I used to, but at least 3 days a week I need to treat my body to something aerobic. The gym does not feel welcoming to me, way too different from what I am used to. But I am open to pilates and yoga classes. I am thinking a new gym bag will be motivation enough to at least go to the classes a few times (though this is merely a lie I tell myself).
It is hard to find a great gym bag. Because most athletic bags look just like that, athletic bags. A little more of a feminine touch without going overboard, I find the Adidas by Stella McCartney Zutan Gym Bag to be a contender. Gray is a great neutral color and the shine from the contrast adjustable straps gives that little extra oomph. This bag is also practical, as it should be, with a zip top, four interior zip compartments, and a side tab with a snap closure to increase the width of the bag. The materials are easy to keep clean, 60% nylon, 40% polyester, along with the color. I do not know what most people spend on gym bags, as I always had a team issued Speedo Swim Bag, but $160 via Net A Porter seems reasonable.
Now I just need to actually get to the gym, with a new athletic bag or without.