Traveling can be something we really look forward to, but it can also put a major dent in our routine. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, don’t let your travel plans get in the way of your fitness goals. When you are at home, you may have a yoga studio you frequent, a gym membership and even a personal trainer. But traveling can change all of that quickly. When you travel, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your progress. Instead of viewing travel as a hiccup in your workout plans, bring these 5 simple and lightweight workout tools to ensure you have everything you need to get a good workout while you are away.
1. Resistance band
One of the easiest workout tools to bring when traveling, this resistance band is flimsy and thin, and will take up no space in your luggage. This tool is easy to use, and when used correctly can target your legs, including your glutes, quads, hamstrings as well as your inner and outer thighs.
2. Jump rope
Only 10 minutes of jump roping can burn 200 calories. Plus, it is small enough to fit in a carry-on. If your hotel gym doesn’t have a cardio equipment, or if you’re staying in an Air b&b with a backyard or small yard, a jump rope is a great way to get your heart rate up without having to travel far or devote too much time.
3. Yoga Mat
Yoga mat’s don’t take up as much space as you may think, and airplanes, as well as cars, tend to store them easily. A yoga mat is great because all it takes is your mat and a video on your phone, or on the laptop and you can do a full yoga or pilates routine. There are plenty of full body workouts you can find on youtube that will take 20 minutes or less.
4. Workout app
If you have a personal trainer, spin class or yoga membership it can be easy to be guided into your workouts and track your progress, but when you are traveling, your routine gets messed up. Just because things change in your schedule, does not mean that you can’t still have as effective workouts. There are plenty of workout apps out there that will guide you through simple and effective workouts. Sworkit, Pocket Yoga, and MoveWith are all great fitness apps to keep you moving.
5. Running shoes
Wherever you go, running is one of the quickest ways to burn calories. It is a high-endurance exercise, that is great for your core, legs and cardio. A pair of running shoes can take around the block, to the local park for some sprints & lunges, or on a brisk walk around town. Break up the time in plane and car sitting with some long walks and jogs. If you’re feeling in the mood for an even more intense workout, do sprints and circuits in your nearby park.