6 Fitness Travel Essentials To Keep You In Shape On the Road
It’s no small feat to fit in a good workout routine when you’re traveling. It’s not just an issue of time, but also of space—and where you’ll be working out when you’re away from home. Given the inherent challenges of fitness on the go, it’s no surprise that only about 50% of Americans in a recent survey said they actually exercise while traveling.
But we all know the benefits of regular exercise, and when you’re dedicated to building muscle in particular, going a week—or even a few days—without working out can squash your momentum. So whether you’re traveling abroad or domestically, for business, pleasure or both, it’s time to make exercise a priority. Here are a few essentials that will help you stay fit on the road.
Foam rolling is great for recovering from a tough workout. A collapsible foam roller helps you apply direct, sweeping mechanical loads to your muscles, which stretches and massages the underlying tissues. Why is this beneficial? Experts say foam rolling exercises can reduce the thickening, adhesion, and tension in your connective tissue and muscles. Some say it can also reduce fatigue and enhance your range of motion.
Foam rollers are also lightweight and easy to travel with. The Neofit foam roller collapses down to just four inches; the Morph flattens out like a mini floormat.
Resistance bands are a must-have for anyone looking to add some difficulty to basic bodyweight exercises. The resistance band is a serious multitasker, and it takes up about as much space your iPhone. Use it for bicep curls, hip thrusts, deadlifts and more.
The TRX Suspension Trainer
If you haven’t checked out the TRX Suspension Trainer, now is the time. This trainer makes it possible to do a bodyweight workout virtually anywhere and comes in a small bag that you can add to your existing luggage.
Here’s how it works: Simply hook the TRX to a door jamb, tree, railing or any other solid structure, and you’re ready to work out your back and biceps.
Sleek, Minimal Trainers
While light-as-air sneakers aren’t going to cut it for every fitness application, they are ideal for travel. Why? Because they’re an easy addition to any travel bag and can be folded and manipulated to squeeze into any overstuffed backpack.
As a starting point, check out the Nike Flyknit or the Brooks Launch 3. Both are minimalist but offer enough practicality to be worn in most casual situations—especially if you opt for a neutral color like gray or black. Pack these along with something a little dressier and you’re set for just about anything your trip has to offer.
Travel Yoga Mat
Floor workouts are a great way to save both money and time when you’re on the go. But whether you’re tuning into your favorite YouTube workout or keeping up with your sun salutations, you might think twice before doing your exercise routine on the floor of your hotel.
Consider travel yoga mats the answer to this common travel workout woe. Smaller and more foldable than your average mat, a travel version will fit into a backpack with minimal effort. Jade Yoga makes a durable mat that can be added to any bag, as does Manduka. t both are designed for travel, these are high-quality mats you can use for your usual practice at your home studio.
The Simple Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great workout you can do just about anywhere—well, except for an upstairs apartment with wood floors. While a basic jump rope from any discount store brings a major calorie burn to the table, we’d recommend investing in a kit that can help you step things up a notch. The Cross Rope Premium Set is perfect for travelers who want to add an element of challenge to their workout. The set includes rope weights that attach to the handles, so you can switch it up as you see fit.
These essentials should go a long way in helping you stick to your fitness goals while traveling. But if you’re still not sold, try exploring Convict Conditioning or one of the many other programs designed specifically to help you build muscle without any equipment at all. And for an extra boost, consider taking your supplements with you on your trip.
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