If you have to travel a lot for work, or for fun, you might be wondering how you can train when you’re on the move and don’t have access to a gym. Recently, I’ve spent some time on the road in south east Asia, so I had to put some thought into how to keep training while travelling and came up with these 5 tips.
1 TRX/suspension trainer
If you don’t know what a TRX is yet, allow me to introduce you to this great bit of kit. A TRX allows you to do a full body workout and takes up very little room in your luggage. If you get one with a door anchor, you can work out in any hotel room anywhere. Or you can attach it or a tree or other suitable anchor point outside and get some fresh air while you work out. You can buy cheaper brands of suspension trainers for around £30, look for ones that come with a travel bag and a door anchor included. I have this Protone professional suspension trainer and it’s fantastic value. If you’re new to the TRX check out YouTube for a workout to follow.
2 Skipping Rope
It’s possible to get a great workout with nothing more than a simple skipping rope. A short skipping HIIT can be extremely effective and great fun too. This website has some great ideas for skipping workouts to keep things interesting.
One of the easiest ways to keep fit while travelling is to pack a pair of trainers and go for a run. Providing there’s a suitable route to run, this can be a nice way to get out and explore while getting fit at the same time. If you’re travelling somewhere hot though, you might need to get up early to run before the sun makes it unbearable. While in Cambodia, I went out for my runs at 6am and it was already so hot I was absolutely dripping with sweat after only a few miles!
4 Resistance bands
When I’m at home, my training is centred around weights rather than cardio but it’s particularly difficult to maintain this type of training while travelling. I was pretty upset about the thought of not doing any resistance training while I was away. I even considered trying to bring a kettlebell with me, but had to grudgingly admit that that probably wasn’t very practical! Although I managed to find the charming cement weights pictured above while staying in Cambodia, my favourite tip for resistance training when travelling is these Bodylastics 31 pcs Resistance Bands Set
.You can take the whole kit, or just one or two select bands to save space and still manage to get a decent whole body workout using a door or other suitable anchor point. This is my favourite way to get my squat fix while on holiday!
Last, but certainly not least, yoga can be a great way to stay active while on the move. If you don’t already have self practice, there are tons of great yoga tutorials on YouTube you can follow and if you invest in some of these great Yoga paws elite you don’t even need to lug a yoga mat with you!
So there you have it, 5 ridiculously simple ways to keep training while you’re on the move.