One of the most difficult parts of planning for a trip for me is trying to figure out how I can still maintain some level of fitness. The problem is, I love eating. I would say that all of my trips revolve around what new restaurant I will be able to discover and enjoy. Compounding the problem is that I don’t have my usual exercises available to me while traveling. These two facts can lead to weight gain in even a short amount of time. No doubt you’ve faced a similar problem.
What’s a traveler to do? Infrequent traveling should not be a big deal. But if, like me, you travel often, you’ll need something to help you get exercise in on your trip. Here are five items you may want to consider packing in your bag on the next trip to stay as fit as possible. Of course, as with any exercise or fitness program, be sure to consult your doctor as to whether or not these are suitable for you and your needs.
1. Yoga to Go Travel Deck – $8.86
This is a very compact way to travel with exercise equipment. The small box holds 45 cards that show the positions and comes with an instruction booklet. It claims that anywhere there’s enough room to stretch you will be able to perform up to six different routines with the moves presented in the travel deck. A very good option for those who want a low-impact, peaceful exercise routine that can easily fit in a carry-on. Available at Overstock.
2. Go Fit Ultimate Pro Gym – $25.23
A compact bag filled with goodies for resistance training. The carrying case comes with resistance tubes in various tensions, ankle straps, door hanger, and handles, as well as an instructional DVD. For those who want to keep up a core strengthening program while on the road, check out this travel exercise kit. It is sold on Amazon.
3. The Fit Traveler – $17.95
A cute workbook written by frequent travelers, this kit comes with an exercise band. The book includes diet tips for travelers and illustrations for helping you get the most out of the program. It’s a fantastic option for those who really want to travel light – it’s only eight ounces, so it can easily fit anywhere there’s a spare corner. Buy it at The Fitness Boutique.
4. Cathe Friedrich’s STS Shock Cardio: Travel Fit DVD – $22.99
For anyone who loves a DVD work-out (like me), this could be a good option. The only additional equipment necessary is a resistance band. That means you can easily pop the disc in your laptop or hotel DVD player and work out on your trip. The low-impact fitness routine will help keep you on an exercise routine while traveling. The major con to me is that it is a 51-minute workout. Personally I don’t want to spend that long in my room while I’m traveling. I want to get out and see things, so I like a short set of exercises to simply keep me in the routine. The DVD is sold on Amazon.
5. Fitness for Travelers: The Ultimate Workout Guide for the Road – $13.45
Sometimes all you want to pack on your trip is a book. Maybe it’s a last-minute travel arrangement, and you need to quickly pack. A handy book like this one easily slips into your carry-on. The book was written by Suzanne Schlosberg, an author of other fitness books. It provides helpful guidance on diet, finding the time to exercise while traveling, and locating fitness resources. This is perfect for someone who wants a source that presents different options suitable for any travel arrangements. Buy it on Amazon.