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6 things you really need for the gym

Our vision of a perfect session at the gym? Looking streamlined and stylish in designer sweats and a perky ponytail, breezing through an hour on the treadmill without even breaking a sweat. The reality? A bright red face, sweaty armpits, 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 worry no more. Here’s our guide to the accessories we really need, from deodorant to protect you from sweating to the importance of a sports bra...

  • 1

    Headphones

    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

  • 2

    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. Try Dove Revive Dry Spray Antiperspirant to refresh underarm skin with an uplifting fragrance

  • 3

    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? 

  • 4

    Water

    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 - just have a sip when you feel thirsty.

  • 5

    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

  • 6

    Willpower

    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

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