It’s not always easy to stick with a workout routine when you’re traveling, especially if you travel often for work or for pleasure. Not every hotel or Airbnb has a gym, let alone one with the proper equipment for an efficient workout.
Instead of forgoing a workout or doing simple bodyweight exercises (which is great, too), we’ve compiled our top four workout accessories that are easy to pack, take up very little space and will allow you to get in a great workout whether you are escaping to the countryside, soaking up the sun in the Caribbean or exploring the streets of Europe.
TRX: One of the most versatile exercise pieces of equipment out there is the TRX. The TRX is budget-friendly (starts at $99) and can be used anywhere that has a door. It takes about one or two minutes to set up, and it can be used for a full-body workout. The exercise possibilities are endless, and the variety is vast, so you won’t get bored anytime soon.
Resistance Band: Resistance bands are great, too: They’re inexpensive ($15 to $25 per band) and won’t take up much space in your suitcase. Just like the TRX, there are tons of exercises that can be performed by either attaching the band to a door or by standing on it. Again, you can perform a full-body workout using just one to two resistance bands.
Mini Resistance Band: Mini bands are another favorite that are extremely inexpensive ($2 to $5 per band) and take up virtually zero space in your bag. They can be great for lower-body exercises such as lateral band walks, lunges and other hip and glute exercises.
Lacrosse Ball: While it may not be an obvious travel essential for your workout, the lacrosse ball is a great addition. Used in warm-ups or cooldowns, the lacrosse ball can be rolled all over your body to relieve any muscle tightness or soreness, which is often a given when traveling. Just place the ball under your body and apply as much pressure as preferred or place the ball up against the wall between your back or shoulder. It’s great for relieving any tightness, and it’s inexpensive and easy to travel with.
Jason DeHenzel has trained some of New York’s most prestigious clients, including high-profile lawyers, advertising executives, movie producers and musicians. Sophie DeHenzel is a Pn1-certified nutritionist and former downhill ski racer. The pair founded DeHenzel Training Systems, a 2015 Home-Based Business of the Year from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. DeHenzel Training Systems develops customized fitness plans for clients of different abilities, experience and commitment. Find out more at dtsnova.com.