It’s not easy waking up at the crack of dawn to work out. But if you aim to balance a healthy lifestyle with work, family, and a social life, morning workouts could be the only option.
The upside? Morning workouts burn more fat and are a healthy way to kick-start your day on a positive note. The downside? Heading straight to work from the gym can be a logistical pain in the ass.
Fortunately, there's plenty of gear designed to seamlessly transition from the gym to the office. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of helpful products that will make your morning routine run more smoothly. From the best backpack to shower shoes, the gear featured here will make the transition from your locker room to the boardroom the most pleasant part of your day.
When using a single bag for both the gym and the office, compartmentalization is crucial—sweaty gear stays with sweaty gear, away from pristine slacks and dress shirts.
That's why the Duffel Pack 2 by Aer is our favorite bag in this category. It’s a hybrid of a duffel bag and a backpack that marries the most useful features of both to make transporting your gear stylish and easy.
For the gym: It features a ventilated yet inconspicuous shoe compartment for your sneakers or shower shoes, plus an expandable water bottle pocket that securely zippers in your sports drink of choice. Its main compartment is spacious enough to hold your outfit of the day without cramming anything else on top of it.
For the office: In addition to its distinct business aesthetic, the bag is perfect for the worker committed enough to lug a laptop back and forth from work to home. It features a padded laptop pocket (able to fit up to 15.6” computer) among several other compartments (both large and small) for easy access and separation for a variety of everyday items. No more searching for your keys once you finally return home. ($170, aersf.com)
When it comes to hustling from the locker room to the shower stall, foot protection is essential to prevent foot fungus, warts, and other undesirable bacteria from making its way onto your feet. Havaianas flip-flops are lightweight and quick-drying, making this buy an easy decision. ($12-$40, us.havaianas.com)
Don't make a big stink about your morning routine. These Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying bags will ensure a dry and smell-free environment for your bag or sneakers. Each bag contains 100% moso bamboo charcoal that absorbs any evidence of your morning workout, so you can preserve your bag—and your dignity. ($10, mosonatural.com)
There’s no need to sacrifice a quality shower with the gym-provided soap when you can bring your favorites along in the Koby Bag by Tooletries. It’s made from antibacterial silicone so you can bring it into the shower and just as easily wipe it down before it goes back inside your bag. ($30, tooletries.com)