Trying to fit your life into a small bag is a struggle on its own without throwing in being a fitness freak. Traveling is always very hard on the body, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. Follow these simple daily exercise routines and continue your eating regime.
Being limited in the time you have and the equipment available can be a good thing, forcing you to be more creative with your workouts. The key to traveling is to not shock your body too much, prepare ahead by packing your favorite protein snacks, water, and vitamins.
No matter where you are, these will keep you toned:
Always warm up, traveling can be rough on your body
Make sure you start with stretching and some light cardio to get your heart rate up. Mix it up by running for 30 seconds and then do walking lunges for 60 seconds. Throw a jump rope into your carry on for an amazing cardio switch up.
Do more of what you’re familiar with
Push ups, squats, and a number of other body weight exercises are very basic, but with plenty of potential to do more with slight changes to your hand/feet positioning. Try doing 5-10 push ups then 5-10 squats for 5-10 rounds in the morning with a variety of different positions.
Hit those calf muscles
Do 8 to 12 repetitions several times during the day. Stand with your feet a few inches apart, with your hands lightly resting on a counter or chair in front of you.Slowly raise your heels off the floor while keeping your knees straight. Hold for about 6 seconds, then slowly lower your heels to the floor.
Do MORE push ups
Lie on the floor face down and place your hands about 36 inches apart while holding your torso up at arms length. Next, lower yourself downward until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale. Now breathe out and press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest. After a brief pause at the top contracted position, you can begin to lower yourself downward again for as many repetitions as needed. Try and hit different records… total push ups in 10 minutes, total unbroken push ups, or total push ups in a day.
Strengthen the core with the classic crunch
Cross your arms in front of your chest. You can also place your hands behind your neck or head, but many people tend to pull their head or neck up during the exercise, which can place extra strain on the spine. Your head and neck should be resting on your hands. 100 reps of these should do the trick.
Replace the burped with star jumps
7. Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Lower into a squat, then explode up. Reach to the sky with your arms and kick your legs out to the side. You should look like a star in mid-air. As you land, try and come back with feet together and arms at your side. Immediately repeat, moving as quickly as possible until you’ve completed 20 reps. Do this for 3-5 sets, or in between the other exercises.