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The 4 word phrase we all dread: Cold & Flu Season. *Sigh* It’s upon us friends. Once November hits.. you hear it and see it everywhere. Turn on the radio in your car.. look at a billboard.. shopping in the store…talking to a friend. Everyone gets in a tizzy the second the air turns colder, and they hear the first bit of a sniffle.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t worry about getting sick. No one wants to feel yucky, or deal with long waits at doctors offices. Being sick sucks. Simple as that. Thankfully you can be prepared to deal with whatever curve ball mother nature decides to throw at you.
Let’s face it… even if you do follow my 3 Tips for Staying Healthy during Cold & Flu Season there’s a good chance that some how, some way, you’re still going to catch something. So why not be stocked and ready for whatever may happen?
Some people like to stock their medicine cabinets, others (like me!) like to stock their gym bags 🙂 I always have my gym bag in my car, even if I’m not going to the gym that day. It is loaded with all of my makeup, shower stuff, snacks, accessories, and a first aid kit. This year – I decided to take it to the next level, and stock it with other healthy essentials from Walgreens.
I’m lucky that there is not only 1.. but 2 Walgreens within a 5 minute radius from my house. I’m there so often the people actually know me by name.. whether it’s a pack of gum, a healthy snack, or other everyday essentials, I know I can always count on them for #HealthySavings .
Tyler was sick last week, so I figured it was time to take a trip to Walgreens and stock up on all the cold and flu season essentials we might need.
The first thing I grabbed was Emergen-C. I was determined NOT to get Tyler’s cold… and what better way to do so then loading up on Vitamin C? Whenever I start to feel sick, or know I am going to be around sick people – I always take Vitamin C supplements. Sometimes it can be difficult to carry around vitamins so I love throwing the little Emergen-C packets in my purse and gym bag to have them on hand… I’ll even pass them along to any sneezing/coughing/sniffling friend or workout buddy who may be in need.
Next on the list was cough syrup. Tyler had been coughing day and night, so I knew we were in need of some good cough syrup. There were a lot of different choices, but we went with Robitussin. It’s a brand we’ve used for years, and we always trust that it will help when we are sick. Robitussin had a new Extended Release 12 Hour Cough Relief syrup, so we decided to give it a try. It worked great! I’m putting this in my gym bag because I tend to get nasty dry coughs during the winter when I’m sick. I’m a firm believer in taking time off from the gym to let your body recover – but often times I feel 100% better, but I still have a cough that lingers. Coughing in between every exercise makes it hard to get a good workout in, so this will definitely be helpful in those times of need!
Last on the list… Advil! Our go-to whenever we have sore muscles, aches or pains! We always try to keep good form with our exercises – but we’re human. Sometimes we pull a muscle, or bump into machines or drop weights on our feet (Which I may or may not have done last week…ouch.) Advil is great for any type of pain relief. We also take it whenever we have fevers or sore throats.
In addition to the Advil, I also grabbed a few Chapstick’s . When you’re breathing heavily during tough workouts, it is easy to get very dry/chapped lips. I keep one in my gym bag, purse, at my desk.. etc. You can never have too many.
Throw them all together and….
Ta-da! A perfectly stocked gym bag 🙂
What are your gym bag essentials that keep you healthy? Let me know in the comments below!
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