What's in Your Gym Bag, Christine?

Howdy, UpCycle Community! Christine here. Like a lot of you, I'm one busy lady--between co-owning UPCycle, teaching cycle classes, and my full-time job as a psychologist, having a stocked gym bag that let's me work in workouts and get going with my day is imperative. Here are my 7 secret weapons that let me ride, refresh, refuel, and repeat. 


Nuun Active: Strawberry Lemonade

Get it at: UpCycle!

Why I love it: Indoor cycling makes you sweat. A lot. But that's why it makes you feel so good! To keep me hydrated and give my water a flavor and electrolyte boost, I drop a NUUN in my water pre-workout. Its light flavor makes my water refreshing and rewarding to sip.


Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Get it at: Boise Co-Op

Why I love it: Some days I don't have time to shower up post-workout. Enter the Pacifica Purify Wipes. Not only do these guys smell AH-MAZING, but they make you feel as refreshed as day at the beach. A quick wipe down of the face, chest and underarms and I'm ready to go. As a bonus, it's 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and made without phthalates, parabens, carmine, beeswax, lanolin, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and FD& C colors (along with other nasties you do not want on your skin). 


Schmidt's Natural Deodorant: Lavender + Sage

Get it at: Boise Co-Op

Why I love it: Post-wipe down, I turn to Schmidt's deodorant. My favorite scents? Lavender + Sage or Cedarwood Juniper. For years I looked for a natural deodorant that worked and I couldn't find it. And it pained me because wearing deodorant that contained aluminum was a no-no for me, personally.  I tried Tom's, Herban Cowboy, Jason, EO, and Kiss My Face--more times than not I smelled WORSE after using them. But then I found Schmidt's and I never looked back.    


EVO: Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray

Get it at: Amazon.com

Why I love it: As a naturally curly girl, after a sweat fest, I end up with a frizz fest. I don't know about you, but I got a lotta of living to do, so I don't have all the time in the world to do my hair oh-so-perfectly. A quick spritz of this on my locks, some hand scrunching, and my curls bounce back to life and I'm ready to get on with my day. And of course, it is sulphate, paraben, dea, tea and propylene glycol free (to make your day that little bit safer).


Platronics Backbeat Fit Wireless Headphones

Get em at: Amazon.com

Why I love it: Working out without music is a deal breaker for me. Fidgeting with my headphone's cords or keeping the earbuds in my ears while sprinting is a close second. I'm super particular about my music experience and the Platronics Backbeat Bluetooth Headphones fit the bill. The rechargeable battery lasts about 3 hours and connects to your device via bluetooth. A little spendy, but when you use them everyday to power your workouts, it's a small price to pay. I've had them for 2 years and they are still going strong.

Pacifica Enlightened Gloss: Ravish

Get it at: Boise Co-Op

Why I love it: I'm not a big make-up girl. I'm an Idahoan, for god sake. :) But, a quick dab of this lip gloss hydrates my lips and adds a gorgeous sheer color. As with all their products, it's 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It's also made without carmine, FD&C color, talc, phthalates, parabens, sorbital and petroleum.

Blueberry RxBar

Blueberry Rxbar

Get it at: UpCycle!

Why I love it: I’m kind of in love with Rx Bars. Packed with 12g of protein and flavor, but only 210 calories, these guys never disappoint. My favorite is Blueberry, although Chocolate Sea Salt runs a close second. I’m not gluten free, but these bars are. They also have no added sugar, soy, dairy, artificial flavor, colors, or fillers. All taste, no BS.