It’s official y’all: the “yay, I get to travel for work” hype is officially overrated! While there are definitely perks associated with working from a different city (i.e. hotel points, airline rewards, client dinners), there are quite a few downsides that come along with the gig.
Beyond being in a near long distance relationships with both my boyfriend and my apartment, the notion of consistently has been completely shattered. Travel to another city (and working pretty long hours) Monday through Thursday makes it nearly impossible to schedule anything during the week—especially workouts!
In an effort to get a handle on my fitness and continue progressing toward Wintertime Fine, I started packing these 3 fitness tools with me each week.
1) An Ab Roller
Developing core strength is easily my highest priority when I work out. Beyond fleeting dreams of visible abs—which I self sabotage with my ridiculous diet—a stronger core will vastly improve my yoga practice. Deepening my abdominal muscles will make supporting my body weight and transitioning to arm balances so much easier!
To support in my development of a core worth fighting for, I’ve been using the Waccess AB Power Wheel—it’s super travel friendly! Ab rolling is HARD and I can only do 5 or 6 rolls at a time, but this things really gets my abs burning! Keeping the right form can be tough (but important) and there are hundreds of YouTube videos out there that make this workout so awesome.
2) Resistance Bands
By far the easiest workout accessory to travel with, my resistance bands are also the most versatile. I seriously use these bands all the time. I do leg extensions as I brush my teeth, assisted squats as I twist my hair, and band pull-aparts when I’m watching TV. They’s great accessories for the gym as well!
These bands by Fit Simplify are particularly awesome because they come in five different strengths/resistance levels so I can use them for all sorts of exercises of various levels. Best part: I can easily pack them up in my purse or carryon bag!
3) Sliding plates
I used similar exercise sliders for the first time a few years ago at a local fitness studio. I had no idea then, but these small disks—roughly the size of bread plates—would change the way I do lunges, planks, and handstand press drills. They’re designed to work on tile, hardwood, and carpet, and add an incredible amount of mobility to standard exercises.
Allowing for low-impact versions of exercises and incredible core engagement, you can heighten your workout by placing these disks under your hands or feet. Slip these badboys in your bag and easily work out your inner thighs, core, abs, triceps and so much more.
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