I love to travel, whether that be for personal or business reasons, but I understand how it throws us off our standard routine and as such, usually our fitness regimen as well. Trust me, I find it a struggle at times too.
Now I will start by saying this, it’s okay (even more so, it’s good) to take rest and de-load weeks, but obviously, we don’t want our travels (especially if they happen to be regular) to set us back in our goals and healthy lifestyle.
One of the ways in which I keep on top of my fitness while traveling is preparation. Whether that be picking a hotel with a built in fitness center, when possible, or choosing workouts I can do in my hotel room or at a nearby park, or by finding various fitness centers or classes in the area that I can just drop in.
And while you can get a great workout just by doing bodyweight exercises, I have to admit that I always pack a few items in my suitcase that I can bring with and that don’t take up much space, to help take my workouts to another level or add more variety. So what do I pack?
Yes, you can just pretend to jump rope, but jump ropes don’t take up much space at all and totally kick my butt! I’m so glad CrossFit reintroduced me to jumping rope, I don’t think I had done it since I was a kid!
I’ve said this a million times and you’re about to hear it again, but resistance bands should be in your arsenal regardless! They are a great way to get in strength work beyond body weight while traveling, but you can also use them to aid in various stretching and mobility movements.
These are really another form of resistance band but I think they’re worthy of mentioning separately. I tend to call these things “booty bands” because I’ll put them around my ankles and step side to side or lift one leg at a time front, side, and back and boy, oh boy, does my booty feel it!
So technically you can run with your phone in your hand, of course, but I love to pack my running belt so I can stuff my phone and key into the belt before heading out for a run. This is what I do at home, so if I can do this when I travel too, it just makes it much easier.
This may seem kind of silly to mention, or maybe just obvious, but I always travel with a reusable water bottle. Not only does it keep water nearby when I’m working out, but you can bring an empty bottle through security and fill it at the water fountain. Plus, so many airports have those easy-fill stations for water bottles now, so I definitely take advantage and save money from the $3 bottles once you get through security.
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What are some of your must-have travel-friendly fitness equipment?
How do you stay active while traveling (whether for business or personal)?