Whether it’s a weekend away at a mountain cottage, a week in historic and beautiful Italy, or a road trip to the beach travel can provide a much needed break from the day to day grind.
Staying fit while traveling can present its own problems. Not all hotels have gyms and finding a gym in a foreign country can be difficult depending on where you are.
What if you’re in the middle of the Rocky Mountains or the Alps? You still want to get a workout in, but is it really worth it to pay for a checked bag just so you can pack some dumbbells?
Staying fit while traveling doesn’t have to be a hassle.
You can take these three compact and portable fitness tools with you no matter where you travel. If you’re a light traveler, these tools can easily be stowed in your carry on luggage or computer bag.
In the words of Han Solo, “They don’t look like much, but they’ve got it where it counts.”
Because you’re able to keep constant tension on the targeted muscles, exercise bands, are a great solution for travelers.
This constant tension will stimulate muscle growth and provide you with one heck of a pump.
Been training hard and heavy for a few months? Bands are an excellent tool you can use to still provide stimulation to your muscles, without crushing them under heavy weights.
You won’t be pushing your muscles to the max, but you can still burn a ton of calories by keeping rest times short and reps high.
Plus, all the same exercises you know and love can be done with bands. So no need to learn anything new while on the road.
Keep rest periods short, less than 60 seconds, and perform 4-5 exercises in a circuit style.
Here’s a quick workout you can do with bands while you’re traveling.
Perform 5 rounds of all exercises, with no rest between.
Rest for 45 seconds after the last exercise. Then start the circuit all over again.
- Resistance Band Bent-Over Row – 12-15 reps
- Resistance Band Shoulder Press – 12-15 reps
- Resistance Band Squat – 12-15 reps
- Resistance Band Reverse Fly – 12-15 reps
- Resistance Band Curls – 12-15 reps
Everyone’s schoolyard favorite, the jump rope, is the easiest piece of fitness equipment–besides your own body–to travel with.
I was the worst jump roper as a kid.
Seriously, I don’t want to talk about, either; too many bad memories that I still haven’t recovered from.
For those that are jump rope experts, you can pick up weighted jump ropes for your travels. This will add a decent level of difficulty to your jumping prowess.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and jump your heart out until the timer goes off.
Trust me, you’re gonna sweat and burn a decent amount of calories.
Next to detox products, drones, and Snapchat, suspension trainers are some of the hottest items on the market today.
Suspension trainers develop strength, balance, and core stability all at once. Not to mention, they’re extremely portable and durable.
They can attach to door frames, fence posts, or any stable surface.
Plus, they’re a great way for you to improve your bodyweight training.
Here is a killer suspension trainer workout I use with clients.
- Single Leg Squat – 12 reps
- Rows – 12 reps
- Hamstring Pull In – 12 reps
- Chest Press – 12 reps
- Bicep Curl – 12 reps
- Jump Squats – 12 reps
Can’t pack any of these tools in your luggage?
It’s a good thing you’re already taking a tool with you, your luggage.
Check the video out below to see how you can use your luggage for a great workout while on vacation.
Traveling across the world or taking a long weekend away doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your workouts.
Pack these awesome tools in your luggage and stay fit on your next trip.
Safe travels, my friend.