Monday, October 8, 2012

Working Out on the Road

Working out while on vacation can be a challenge. It is not always easy to find a gym or to make extra space in a hotel room.

However, it's an important habit to develop and maintain. Combine extra calorie consumption with non-consistent workouts and you have the potential for weight gain while you are away from home.

My favorite recommendation for travel workout tools are resistance bands with handles. They are relatively inexpensive, they are light and they don't break. This makes them the perfect travel equipment.

A similar tool to the resistance bands is a nylon loop with a knot on the opposite end. The nylon loop, available at fitness stores, is about six inches long and mostly flat. The knot closes firmly on to any doorjamb. The resistance bands then fits into the nylon loop. This allows for the bands to be doubled so there is a handle for each hand. This setup is ideal for chest work, back work and tricep work.

Another good option, since most of us now travel with our laptops, is to bring along your favorite workout video. Flat DVD cases travel well, or download it onto your computer for easy use.

One big advantage to these suggestions is that workouts can be done indoors — which means weather does not interfere with our workout.

Hopefully now you can have your vacation and workout, too.

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