Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even on the road, doesn’t have to be a chore. All it takes is a little preparation and a few easily portable workout items. Research the area you’re headed to before your trip, find out what it has to offer, and take advantage of it! Taking advantage of the area you’re traveling to is ideal, but proper planning and packing can ensure that you don’t get stuck without a way to get your sweat on, incase meetings, weather, or unforeseen circumstances leave you unable to escape from your hotel.
Super portable and lightweight, jumping rope can warm you up for a workout and can help you get in your cardio in situations when exercising outdoors is not an option. Jumping rope is great cardio, too. Jumping rope at a moderate pace, for 10 minutes, can burn around 100 calories.
Stretching is a huge part of a proper exercise routine. Static stretching (quad stretch, hamstring stretch, etc.) can be done without any additional equipment. However, if you need a deeper form of tension release (especially after a spending hours on a plane), a great option is a foam roller. Trigger Point Performance Therapy has two travel worthy options: their Grid Roller ($39.99) measures 13” in length and 5” in width and their Mini Grid ($24.99) measures a mere 5” long and 5.5” wide. Both have a super durable, hollow interior, which gives you extra space to stuff your clothes in, making it take up even less space in your luggage than a traditional roller.
Incorporating resistance bands into your traveling gym can be an effective way to continue your strength training, while on the road. Companies like GoFit sell their Ultimate ProGym ($34.99) complete with a variety of resistance band tensions, ankle straps, door anchor, and DVD, that can be easy stashed in the carrying bag included with the kit. Weighing just about a pound, this kit can help keep you on track with weight training, without adding extra bulk to your luggage.
For some of us, travel is part of everyday life, whereas for others, it’s something we look forward to all year long. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, it’s always important to be prepared. With just a few key pieces of mobile exercise gear, you can be sure to maintain a good exercise regime, even if the “gym” in your hotel is comprised of one squeaky elliptical in a poorly lit room.
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