Friday, July 17th, 2009...6:50 AM

Oh, Forget It!

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We have all done it. In fact, I feel like I do it every time I go to the gym or elsewhere to work out. What is it? Forget something! I really don’t understand why. I mean, I need the same things every time. They should be in the bag, but there is always something (e.g., water bottle, towel, heart rate monitor). For some, this can be a barrier to exercise. You might just turn around and go home, but for me, I see it as a challenge to be overcome. Plus, I get “bonus points” for working out anyway.

I have worked out in socks, barefoot, or in slacks when I forgot my tennis shoes or workout clothes. I have asked the childcare workers or front desk at the gym to keep my stuff for me when I forgot my lock. I have washed my sports bra in the shower and worn it wet to work or worn no panties when I have forgotten my underwear. Seriously, I’ve done it all.

Today, a friend and I went down to Lady Bird Lake to run the trails, and the plan is usually to swim in Barton Springs afterwards. However, I forgot my swimsuit. I considered swimming in what I ran in, but for whatever reason I wore pants today. OK, I draw the line at swimming in pants. So, instead, we added drills and sprints to our work out, and it was great, and I’m gonna be really sore.

I keep telling myself that I am going to make a checklist and post it by the front door with everything I need for every kind of workout to make sure that I have what I need, but I never do. Maybe today is the day to make that list…or not.

About the Author:

Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.



  • It really is hard to remember everything. I’ve been running at lunch and showering at the office gym so I have to remember shower stuff now too. I’m just going to get two sets of the stuff, one that always stays in my gym bag.

    By the way, I really do want to join you guys one of these Friday mornings. That would be an interesting challenge for me now that I’m getting regular sleep and waking up earlier.

  • You are welcome any time!

  • Sometimes it’s not the workout itself that kills my impetus, it’s getting everything together that I’ll need! Bike ride… bike, pump, water bottles, kit, shoes… swim… suit, sunscreen, towel, goggles, earplugs…

  • I always keep a pair of tennis shoes in the trunk of the car. Maybe I’ll keep a whole set of clothes & supplies there in the future. (empty water bottle, peanuts, lock, sippy cup…)

  • This is another reason I choose to work out mainly at home. Now if I can just not forget to work out…. ;)

  • I’ve done similar things lots of times. Using the stairmaster in socks because I forgot my running shoes, swimming in (black, opaque) underwear because I didn’t have a real bathing suit with me. One time I wore a thick, fuzzy wool sweater under my karate outfit because the rule is that women have to wear a shirt under their uniform, and I forgot to bring a T-shirt. That was a really long, hot hour.

    Sometimes there is not much to be done, though. I wouldn’t swim in pants either. I have a pretty good system of keeping all my workout gear in a duffel bag in my car and washing all the clothes every weekend. But it’s not completely foolproof, especially when I travel.

  • OK, coolest new product ever (and you know me, I’m anti-consumer). My girlfriend found shampoo, conditioner and body wash all in one. Awesome. I only take the one bottle to the gym.

    Now they need to take that and make it so it works as hair gel, deodorant and toothpaste and I’ll only have to buy the one bottle, EVER.

  • Catherine Meiners
    July 28th, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    I made a list of the things I needed to put in my yoga bag and checked it every time before I left the house for yoga for months. I was so worried I would forget something I needed like my drivers license or my cell phone since I don’t take my purse with me. Now I’m used to what I need and I rarely check my list. And….knock on wood….I haven’t forgotten anything.

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