If you are travel frequently or for a extended period of time, it can be difficult to maintain a good level of fitness. And at the beginning of the year when we are looking to kick-start a healthier lifestyle, a holiday can sometimes derail those healthy resolutions. However, there are a few useful things which you can pack in any carry-on bag to keep your exercise routine going while you are away from home. Here are our top five fitness accessories for travelers:
1. Jump Rope
A cheap, small, and light a skipping rope can easily be packed into a small bag. Jumping rope tones your whole body and will improve cardiovascular fitness. A half-hour of jumping rope can burn around 350 calories – perfect for the post-holiday bulge. You don’t need much space or much time to jump rope and it can be done inside or outside, making it an ideal travel companion. You can buy jump ropes at any sports shop or online via Amazon.
(photo from Manduka.com)
2. Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat
Yoga is a great way of keeping your body moving while you travel. You can lay your yoga mat anywhere and salute the sun. Yoga will improve strength and flexibility as well as help you de-stress after a long journey. It also doubles as an exercise mat for rocking some Pilates moves or ab crunches. Unlike standard yoga mats, the Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat
is light and can be folded into a square that fits into your carry-on bag. The Manduka Travel Mat can be purchased online at www.manduka.com
3. Resistance Band
A resistance band
can be scrunched into a tiny ball and squeezed into the corner of your bag. It is a versatile piece of equipment which enables a wide range of resistance exercises and Pilates moves. Resistance bands are especially good for those who are working on injury recovery and want to keep it going while traveling. In addition, you can do resistance band exercises
anywhere from on the beach to in a tiny hotel room. Resistance bands sell cheaply online via Amazon or any fitness retailer.
Nike Free 4.0 (photo from Nike.com)
4. Nike Free Running Shoes
These sports shoes are seriously light weight. Plus they are pretty flexible, meaning you can bend them a little to fit in a tightly packed suitcase. Not only are they practical but they look cool and you can wear them for exercising or as casual shoes. If you have a good pair of running shoes then you there is no excuse not to exercise while you are away. Go for long walks in beautiful places, run along the beach or join in a sports game with a local sports club. These cool shoes cost around $100 and you can buy them from most sports shops or Nike’s website
5. A Tablet or Smartphone
If you know that you need some external motivation when it comes to keeping fit, you can use one of the many fitness apps or websites on your smartphone or tablet. YouTube is great free resource for circuit training inspiration or guidance on how to use your exercise equipment. If you are a yogi, Yoga Glo
is a fantastic website that has many yoga classes to follow online. If you only have your smartphone, there are lots of free fitness apps ranging from those that track your running pace and distance to apps that guide you through a training circuit.
You don’t need to go fitness mad when you are traveling, but it is good for general health to keep up with some physical exercise. If you have a new year resolution to get fit and lose weight, don’t let a holiday set you back. Pack some of the above to keep you motivated and you will come back feeling happier and healthier.
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Kathleen is a contributing editor to En Route Traveler. From a young age, her parents took her and her sister on many adventures all over the world. Kathleen has lived in South Africa, London, and Paris. After five years of being a stressed corporate lawyer, she gave it all up to move to Nicaragua where she trained as a yoga teacher, learned to surf, and worked at the eco-lodge, Buena Vista Surf Club. Kathleen loves fitness, vegetarian cooking, contributing to the wellness blog, Hip and Healthy, and managing her own sites Yum Yoga and Super Fit and Super Food.
What do you pack to keep up your fitness routine? Share your recommendations in the comments area below.
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