Working out on the road is tough. Even eating right is a challenge, since half the fun of travel is eating way too much food! If you’re a fitness buff already or you’re trying to find solutions to keep up healthy habits no matter where you go, read on! I’ve got some new fitness products to share with you that all PACK FLAT!
Accessing a gym can be a hassle when you’re on the road. You may not be staying in a hotel that has one available for free or you may not like gyms. If you do, that’s great! All you have to pack is your workout clothes and sneakers. You may even be able to use those clothes for other outfits too!
But, if you prefer something familiar and private, working out in your hotel room or AirBnb is probably your best bet. I personally prefer classes and instructors, so I like online fitness classes. Whether you pay for them or get them off of YouTube, these are a great way to track your progress, build up the difficulty, and zone out a bit while someone else tells you what to do.
The perfect yoga or pilates mat for travel
Into yoga and no-equipment pilates? My new favourite discovery are travel yoga mats. A cross breed between a yoga towel and a full on mat, these foldable thin rubber mats are so easy to pack. You can roll them up like they sell them in-store, or you can fold them like a normal towel. Lay it out on a carpet or a wood floor and you instantly having something to give you better grab, a softer surface, and protection from floor dirt.
A substitute to fitness weights that packs flat
The goal to packing is having a light and efficient suitcase, so free weights are definitely off the table. However, fitness bands are an easy way to add resistance to train your muscles or make a normal workout a bit more intense. Plus, resistance bands or loops are available in a few different difficulty levels and are cheap!
I am currently a member of Obé Fitness. Once you get over how pastel and bubble their design is, their fitness classes are actually great. They use a lot of resistance loops that make my butt, arms, and thighs so sore, but in the best way.
The travel kettle bell that packs flat
If you’re seriously into weights, you may consider a water kettle bell. These are essentially waterproof bags you can fill with water for your workouts. They pack totally flat but end up being quite heavy!
Fitness Blender is a great website with loads of free workout videos and a great interface. They have a lot of classes that include a kettle bell.
Level-up your fitness with space-saving sliders
Sliders are a piece of gym equipment that are new to me. So simple yet so deadly, these little disks allow you to target certain muscles and really work them. Obé Fitness has tons of videos that use these. They take up no space in my suitcase because they’re so flat! The ones I got on Amazon are reversible, with one side for carpet surfaces and one side for smooth surfaces.
That’s it! All of these items pack totally flat and most of these are perfect for workouts that don’t even require gym shoes.
Happy Travels xox