Our vision of a perfect session at the gym? Looking streamlined and stylish in designer Lycra and a perky ponytail, breezing through an hour on the treadmill without even breaking a sweat. The reality? A bright red face, messy hair and old sweatpants - you know, just a woman working out in real life. However unrealistic these imagined expectations of ours seem, they still get us all worried about whether we're wearing the right thing and which high-tech designer water we should bring. But don't worry no more. Here's our guide to the accessories we really need, from deodorant for women to a sports bra...
Running in a silent gym is, let’s face it, quite boring. But listening to your chosen exercise song suddenly you’re a champion, sprinting towards the finish line as crowds applaud around you
Deodorant for women
There’s no arguing with this gym-bag essential – if your exercise routine is doing its job, then you’re going to need some antiperspirant deodorant. Dove Compressed Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Antiperspirant Deodorant gives you up to 48-hour antiperspirant protection, as well as a crisp scent
A sports bra
When it comes to deciding what to wear for the gym, we reckon it’s up to you – whatever makes you feel good. The only essential is a sports bra. No explanation needed, right?
It doesn’t need to be high-tech, science-enhanced, celebrity-endorsed spring water – simple H2O will do the job. Have it within reach during exercise, but don’t overdo it. A sip when you feel thirsty is enough
A wingman (or woman)
It’s always useful to have a friend on hand to say things like “I’ll do the kickboxing class if you will,” and “No, we probably shouldn’t put it off until next week.” Not to mention those confidence-boosting pep talks to boost our motivation
The magic ingredient that makes us go to the gym rather than settling in for a night on the sofa. If you’ve got it, we applaud you