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Essentials for Staying Fit While Traveling

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Let’s face it: trying to work out while traveling, especially on vacation, can be a chore. Maybe the place you’re staying doesn’t have a gym, maybe you’re pressed for time, or maybe you just don’t have the motivation. With that being said, there are some things you can take with you that won’t take up too much space in your bags and will help you get a workout that is more than adequate. No excuses, right? 

Here are some compact and effective fitness essentials to ensure you stay active while traveling.

Small Inflatable Stability Ball

  • Why It’s Great: This little ball is lightweight, easy to inflate, and provides an excellent challenge for core exercises.

  • How to Use It: Place under your hips while lying down, under your lower back while seated for core work, between your inner thighs for legs and glute work, plus more!

  • Space-Saving Bonus: When deflated, it takes up minimal space in your luggage.

Grab one here. Below are some examples of how to use this ball. Try 10-20 reps for each exercise.

Mini-Loop Resistance Bands

  • Why They’re Essential: Resistance bands are versatile and occupy very little space in your luggage. They can target different muscle groups and add a real challenge to your normal bodyweight workouts.

  • How to Use Them: Loop them around your ankles, calves, or thighs for lower-body exercises or around your wrists and arms for upper-body workouts. Check out my full Resistance band workout here or below.

  • Travel Tip: Opt for a set with varying resistance levels to accommodate different exercises.

Grab your own resistance bands here.

Foam Roller Water Bottle

  • Why It’s Clever: This 2-in-1 combo is a space-saving genius. The foam roller is great for recovery and helps soothe sore muscles, and the water bottle keeps you hydrated.

  • How to Use It: Roll out tight spots on your back, legs, and glutes using the foam roller. Then, stay refreshed with the attached water bottle.

  • Bonus: It’s eco-friendly—no need for disposable plastic bottles!

Get one right here.

Travel Yoga Mat

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  • Why It’s a Game-Changer: A foldable, lightweight yoga mat ensures you can practice yoga or stretch anywhere.

  • How to Use It: Roll it out in your hotel room, on the beach, or even at the airport during a layover! Many airports have a room specifically for yoga.

  • Pro Tip: Look for mats that fold into a compact square or come with a carrying case.

Grab one here.

Pilates Toe Corrector

  • Why It Matters: Most people don’t realize that foot care and strengthening are vital to health, and Pilates Toe Correctors strengthen more than just your feet. They can also target your glutes and improve balance. Plus, they’re small enough to slip into your carry-on.

  • How to Use It: Slip it on your toes and flex those foot muscles. It’s like a mini workout for your feet! Watch some examples here.

  • Fun Fact: Joseph Pilates invented the Toe Corrector.

Grab one here.

Ropeless Jump Rope

  • Why You Need It: This is a great way to get cardio in if you don't have cardio equipment or space. Most of the jump ropes have counters on them to keep track of your jumps.

  • How to Use It: Use it like any old jump rope! There's just no rope to trip over.

  • Pro Tip: Use your wrists, not your arms.

Get your own right here.

Remember, consistency is key. Even short workouts add up over time, so pack these fitness essentials and keep moving. No matter where your travels take you, staying active is within reach!

Safe travels and happy exercising!


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