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4 Essential Items to Pack to Stay Fit on Your Travels

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Because space and weight are premium nowadays when traveling, it is important to take fitness gear that is both lightweight and space conscious. Here are some items that will keep you fit while traveling, but take up little space and add almost no weight to your checked or carry-on luggage.

Yoga Mat

Not just any yoga mat, but a packable one made to be folded and not rolled so that it doesn’t take up as much space. Lay it out flat on the floor once you are at your destination. The folds will flatten out and it will be a constant reminder to get down and use it.

Plus it is a surface that you know where it has been instead of exercising on a floor that could hold any number of unwanted things. You can do several bodyweight exercising from planks to lunges, push-ups and crunches.

Yoga and Pilates are also options for some variety. If you don’t have a routine of either or both memorized, load a video or two of them on your laptop and follow along.

Resistance Bands

These are not only light and conserve on space, but they can take your bodyweight exercising to a higher level while on the road. Most come as sets with different strength bands. The stronger bands can even serve as a suspension trainer in your room or outside.

Fitness Tracker

Sometimes you just want to walk to get some exercise and explore your new destination. By wearing a fitness tracker, you’ll know your heart rate and how many steps you’ve taken and a whole host of other fitness information. Be sure to wear it on travel days too as you would be surprised at the number of steps you get just getting to your departure gate.

Jump Rope

The lowly jump rope is still one of the best cardio workouts that works both the upper and lower body, not to mention increasing flexibility and coordination. It fits the fitness equipment travel criteria of being light and not taking up much space. You can either jump on a smooth floor in your hotel room, around the perimeter of the pool or on a flat surface outside.

These four pieces of equipment take up little room, weigh almost nothing and can provide you with a wide variety of bodyweight exercises. All items can be purchased through a local sports equipment store or from the provided Amazon links. Not only will it help straighten out the kinks of traveling, but will also help clear your mind and keep you in shape.

3 Tips for Staying Fit While on Vacation

It is difficult to stick to a diet while on vacation, but there is no reason to totally ruin months and months of hard earned efforts in a week’s vacation. By eating smart, you can still enjoy the cuisine, eat some of your favorite foods and keep your caloric intake to a maintenance level.

Use the 80/20 calorie rule

One trick is to use the 80/20 rule. Spend 80% of your calories per day on healthy foods like you would eat back home and 20% on the things you like, but never eat or don’t have available at home. For instance, if you like cheesecake, order a slice and eat half of it.

Your staple should still be fresh fruits, vegetables and meats which are readily available in most resort areas. And watch the drinks. The calories in sugary ones like Pina Coladas and others with the little umbrellas can really add up. Instead opt for a light beer, red wine or something straight on the rocks like tequila.

While you are most likely eating the number of calories you need to lose weight while at home, bump up the number of calories to maintenance; that is normally a 500 calorie per day increase. If you keep your exercise level about the same, you won’t gain weight and you can start up where you left off after vacation.

Do morning workouts

Exercising before breakfast is one of the best ways to get your metabolism revved up. The extra boost in calorie burning can last for most of the day.

Most resorts have an exercise room that you can use as one of their guests. If you would rather exercise outside, sign-up for Zumba on the beach, yoga or water aerobics. Nobody says working out has to be boring. Or just swim laps in their pool. It is all fun!

Engage in fun calorie-burning family activities

Family activities are a great way to burn calories and still have quality family time. If at an ocean-side resort, check out some snorkel gear and see what is under the surface of the sea. Snorkeling is a great calorie burner. Pack a Frisbee in your luggage. It doesn’t take up much room and weighs next to nothing, yet it can provide hours of good exercise.

Another great calorie burner is walking along the beach. The soft sand makes you work harder than walking on a smooth surface, plus it works different muscles in your feet and legs making them stronger.

By exercising about the same while on vacation and eating at the maintenance level, you can have a good time and not blow your diet while on vacation. Eat smart, exercise safely and have fun.

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