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Locker Room Time-Savers

If you use your lunch hour to work fitness into your work day, saving time in the locker room is a must. Here are some tips to try.

  • If you can get away with it, wear a slip into an all-in-one sports top with built in bra so you don't have to hassle with layering. If you need the support, find a sports bra that opens with a hook and eye contraption because they are easier to get on and off. I like this one by Danskin.
  • Clear your gym bag of inessential items so you don't have dig around extra gear. I put my socks inside my shoes the night before so they're already together.
  • Avoid spending time unraveling iPod cords by investing in a cord keeper. I like the SmarterWrap cord manager ($4.99).
  • Instead of using a headband, put hair in a loose ponytail. This will preserve volume and eliminate time at the blow dryer post workout.

There are a few more time-saving tips for the locker room, so

  • Simplify your shower time and just soap up your body and use dry shampoo to freshen up hair.
  • Keep makeup in a see through case (or even Ziploc bag) so you can see what you're grabbing for and aren't left searching frantically for your eyeliner.
  • If possible, avoid the prime lunch rush and head to the gym a little earlier or later to avoid waiting in lines for the showers, hair dryers, etc.

Have any time saving tips up your sleeve in your gym bag? Please share them in the comments section below.

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
There's no way I could just use dry shampoo after even a halfway-decent workout. My hair is completely soaked through from the sweat! My time-saving tip is to work out before work so that I only have to shower and primp once per day.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 7 years
I sooooo can't workout and then NOT shower after, I sweat wayyyy too much - even though I've mastered the art of showering, hair and makeup in 30 minutes I have about 30 minutes of travel time to my gym (15 each way via subway if it's on schedule) and then about an hour workout. Therefore I only sneak out for 2 hours once a week but I make up for it otherwise.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
When I work out during lunch, I like to wear a sports bra instead of a regular bra under my shirt so I don't have to change. I also keep a little bottle of body mist in my bag to spray on when I'm done to freshen up. And I swear that washing my face in cool water when I'm finished makes me look a hundred times better before I have to go back to work.
jelibeann jelibeann 7 years
hahaha tatsauce...i'm doing a 50-mile relay with some co-workers in september and we were discussing today what we're going to do after our particular leg of the race (I'm first!) because we basically stay together all day driving along the route to cheer our teammates, i said i'd pick up the tub of baby wipes...keeping it classy
tatsauce tatsauce 7 years
Nothing like a good old fashioned ho bath: deodorant, perfume, and a baby wipe wipe down.
syako syako 7 years
Oh and a nice green tea face moisturizer seems to lessen redness after a hard run.
syako syako 7 years
I do this every day of the week so I have some tips. 1) Baby powder is your best friend! It's perfect for those days when you don't do a sweat intensive workout (like strength moves) and you can skip a shower, just powder yourself for a quick dry and good smell. Also, powder is perfect post-shower because it helps you dry quickly. 2) Bring travel sized toiletries. It's less heavy in your bag, and easier to grab. 3) If you find yourself still overheated after a shower, don't put your clothes on right away. Instead, wrap a towel around you and do other things (dry your hair, apply deodorant, makeup etc) so you're not wasting time, and your work clothes aren't getting sweaty.
arianamarie arianamarie 7 years
just remember that you have to head back to work!
ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
Make take your makeup off before you work will save time with a q-tip trying to get the masacara off of your eyes., or better yet. wear only tubing mascara when you work out...
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