Kat Carney is the founder of The Weigh We Were and a journalist who, after a lifetime of obesity, lost a remarkable 90 pounds. The Wellwellwell contributor now embraces a healthy lifestyle and enjoys sharing her experiences with others.
This past winter in preparation for spring cleaning, I picked up a copy of the New York Times best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organization, by Marie Kondo.
While the main focus of the book is tidying up and organizing your home, I decided to apply this to my fitness bags, since I use them every day to go to the gym, spin class and yoga.
I found three amazing gym bags that will help keep even the most active athlete organized. Oh, and they are quite stylish too!
Interestingly enough, the company’s name ‘Fiveesse’ is inspired by the Japanese philosophy ‘5s’: sort, store, systemize, sustain and shine. The idea is that when you’re organized you function better. You can tell this bag was created by women for women, and the ladies behind this bag thought of everything—from the roomy mid-section to the pockets everywhere (including one for shoes). This bag is elegant and delightful, but what I love most is that it’s made for the woman who needs to change into wrinkle-free clothes, post workout. There is a custom-designed folding garment bag that attaches directly to the Fivesse. So clever!
I’ve been coveting this bag ever since I first saw it online. My main cardio is group cycling at Flywheel, so I wanted a gym bag with a separate compartment for my cycling shoes—I don’t like them next to my clothes. The Goddess III has a roomy shoe compartment right on the outside, as well as, a built-in ‘wet sack’ for damp clothes after class. No more stuffing my wet clothes into plastic bags—genius! The other side of the bag holds a custom-designed toiletry bag leaving the roomy, pocket-filled center section for my clean, dry clothes. Sleek, fashionable and functional, it doesn’t disappoint!
According to a 2012 study by Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice yoga. This week, I’m signing up for classes at a local hot yoga studio so I guess that makes it 20.4 million—and one! I wanted a cute (and functional) bag designed specifically for yoga to hold my mat plus a few other key items like my phone and water bottle. Yoga Sak is the perfect solution. It can be worn as a backpack or a cross body bag with no bulk. Plus, there is a roomy (almost hidden) mid-section large enough to hold a yoga block. Their website also offers an additional wet sack to stow my (very) sweaty clothes after class. I did mention it’s ‘hot’ yoga, right? The Yoga Sak is the ideal choice for a yogi looking to put everything in its place.