Portable exercise gear for the fit traveler
You don’t need a gym membership to work out.
When you’re constantly on the go, keeping up with a routine can be tough. But frequent travel isn’t a good excuse for not working out. In fact, working out combat the stress that comes along with packed travel schedules, as well as do a bit of work to counteract the health effects of a frequent flyer’s rich, sodium-filled diet. Here are the best pieces of travel exercise equipment to pack in your suitcase.
Get to it. Amazon
Bust out a cardio workout anywhere with these lightweight and adjustable jump ropes. Work on your speed, balance, agility, dexterity, and coordination while also building shoulder strength and working out your legs. This jump rope comes in a variety of fun colors. It’s perfect for HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts.
Sun salutations, push ups, or a killer core workout. Amazon
Yoga mats can be bulky. Not this ultra-thin travel yoga mat, which can be easily popped into a tote or tucked into your suitcase. Use it on its own or as a cover for a yoga mat rental—it’s made out of a slip-free suede material and is machine washable. It’s ultra handy for getting in your asanas (or grueling plank superset) from the hotel.
One of the most versatile tools in your arsenal. Amazon
These heavy duty resistance loop bands are made out of natural latex and come in five different resistance levels. Use them to stretch or add resistance to body-weight exercises. They also integrate well into any yoga or pilates routine.
A simple, but challenging device. Amazon
First created by a Navy SEAL Squadron Commander with just a jiu jitsu belt and parachute webbing, TRX now is an effective full-body workout used by countless coaches and trainers. This kit is the ultimate travel gym that anchors to any door, tree branch, or rafter. Work on power, strength, mobility, and more. Because it’s just straps and handles, TRX is very easy to pack, plus it comes with a 35-page workout guide.
An important workout finisher. Amazon
Move your body weight on a foam roller to loosen up tightness in your quads, calves, lats, and more. This particular roller comes with online videos to show you the best methods to use it.