By Angela Casco
No matter how accurate the weather report is, we can never truly be prepared for nature’s surprises. Add the heavy rains, strong winds, and severe flooding and we’ve got the perfect excuse to stay in bed all day.
The importance of being active, however, does not depend on the presence of sunlight. Inserting that much-needed workout session is simply a must. Its benefits to our overall well-being should be enough to get us moving. Here are some rainy day essentials to prevent you from skipping a gym day ever again.
- Microfiber towel
Reco: Towelite Sports Towel
Apart from sweat, you’d be dripping wet from the rain, too. Instead of thick towels, opt for those made of fine microfiber. They are lightweight, compact, and more absorbent. It’s quick-drying, too, so you’ll never have to worry about messing everything else in your bag.
- Water-repellent jacket
Reco: Uniqlo Pocketable Parka
You can always bring an umbrella heading into and out of the gym on a rainy day, but with a heavy gym bag on your shoulder, it’s way more convenient to put on a water-repellent jacket. Make sure that the seams are fully sealed to keep water from sneaking through.
- Waterproof workout shoes
Reco: Teva Arrowood WP Shoe
For drizzly days, a workout shoe that can protect your feet from puddles and dirt is a godsend. It’s most ideal for the footwear exterior and interior to be made of waterproof material. As per usual, it should also provide cushioned comfort for your workout.
Reco: Adidas Duramo Slides
If you prefer to be more comfortable post-workout, you can always go for flip flops. It’s efficient during unexpected flooding on your way home. Flip flops for swimmers—which feature a textured footbed and bottom for comfort and grip—can be your best bet.
- Spare quick-dry shirt
Reco: Uniqlo Dry-Ex T-Shirts
We’re sure you have a sweat-absorbing shirt sitting in your gym bag, waiting to be worn after a challenging workout session. Adding another one won’t hurt you, especially in this unpredictable weather. Wearing a damp shirt can cause skin infections and cold so never forget to bring a change of clothes.