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It’s tough to keep a workout routine when you’re traveling. Time zone changes, long flights, late meetings & other obligations can throw your workout routine off track. But it’s not as difficult as you might think to squeeze in a workout. Even if the hotel gym is scary or lacking, get yourself outside for a run, walk to your destination instead of taking a cab, or get in a workout in your room!
I often carry a few packable items to help supplement what’s in the hotel fitness center, or to enable a decent in-room workout. As part of my What's In My Bag series, here are my favorites:
I love the TRX Suspension kit. I use it at home and on the road. There are TONS of different exercises you can do with it. This kit also comes with a door anchor to set up in your room. Check out the TRX website & Pinterest for workouts!
Jumping rope is an easy workout that will make you work up a sweat in a short amount of time. As a bonus, this jump rope won’t take up much space in your bag!
This is a great set of resistance bands. They also come with a door anchor and ankle strap. If the TRX is a little too pricey for you, this may be a good option. You’ll be amazed at what a good workout you can get with them!
I fell in love with these bands while working with my trainer. They make the simplest exercises a little tougher, and a little more effective. This set is really small, it comes in different resistance levels, and an Ebook full of exercises. These would be great if you’re lacking a gym, and need to workout in your room!
I know you probably like to pack light. However, I always make sure to bring my running shoes with me. If I’ve got them along, I can always find 30 minutes to get out and run or walk. If the weather is bad, I often run up and down the stairs in my hotel. If you're unfamiliar with the area around your hotel, Google the local running groups in the area- they may even have a weekly run you can join.
Staying healthy on the road isn't always easy, but if you are prepared, you have less chance of making excuses! I hope you find some of these items useful. I'd love to hear more about how you stay healthy on the road!