Travelling is one of the greatest highlights a person can have in their lifetime. Some people travel once and awhile, and other’s all the time. But no matter who is travelling where, nobody wants to put on any extra traveller’s pounds.
For those globetrotters who prefer to keep fit while away from home, you may want to consider purchasing a resistance band. Not only are they reasonably priced, lightweight and easy to use, but they also pack a powerful ability to keep you in shape while on the go.
Travelling with resistance bands can keep your buttocks, legs, arms and abs toned. You don’t even need to leave the plane to enjoy a good workout. Although, be aware of other travellers who may ask questions about your mile high resistance band workout regime.
Keeping fit is fun and easy to do while on the go – just make sure to squeeze in you workout; especially if travelling to exotic places which offer many distractions.
PERFECT FOR LIGHT PACKERS
Resistance bands are one of the lightest and easiest fitness tools to bring along on any travel adventure. Even packing an entire set, full of the heavy to light weight bands, is still more effective than having to plan your adventures around cities with “drop-in” style gyms.
The best part, resistance bands can fit into small spaces which is perfect for those who pack light.
Keeping a regular schedule with your workouts, year round, is the only way to keep lean and fit for life. Consistency is key. When travelling away from home, missing regular workouts can throw off years of hard, dedicated work. It is important to keep ‘goal oriented’ and not let the travel bug stop you from reaching that fit body of your dreams. With the resistance band on hand, travelling and fitness will never be easier.
With so many technical advancements over the last decade, it is even easier to get fit on the go. Even with a smart phone, downloading resistance band workouts and syncing them with your devices will make a world of difference to your lean body. Video’s are a great way to keep motivated, and even if there is no cell phone service or internet connection, having uninterrupted access is essential.
Often times, travellers experience uncomfortable situations like sitting for long periods of time (eg. during long flights/layovers). Resistance bands are excellent at keeping the body limber and preventing stiff joints and tight muscles.
Here are two great ways to use resistance bands for flexibility;
FORWARD BEND WITH RESISTANCE BANDS;
To elongate the backs of the legs, and loosen neck tension, place a heavy weight resistance band under your feet while standing tall. Gently bend forward from the hips, grab onto the resistance band as close to the feet as possible, and raise your torso up to achieve a flat back starting from the hip creases. Hold this position for 2-5 breaths. Keep a tight grip on the resistance bands and breathe into any tension in the back legs. Then fold completely forward for 2 more breaths before rolling the spine back up to standing position. Repeat several times for increased flexibility.
SHOULDER RELEASE WITH RESISTANCE BANDS;
While in standing position, grab hold of a light to medium weight resistance band and hold arms out in front of the body, hold onto the resistance band more than shoulder width apart. Slowly and gently raise both arms up above your head, all the while gently pulling away from your mid line. If this is enough, stop here. But if you are seeking greater shoulder relief, keep moving your arms, rotating your shoulders completely until the band rests unto to the rear lower body. You may need to adjust your grip. Once the band has reached the backs of your lower legs pause for a few breaths then reverse the movement. Try this several times for optimum ‘tense shoulders’ relief.
Strength training is next to impossible when travelling. Small hotel gyms rarely offer weight rooms; and if so they usually are very limited. The most convenient aspect of resistance band training during a trip away from home, is the ability to build muscle without the hassle of ‘weight lifting’. Here are two excellent ways to increase strength in the upper and lower body.
SQUATS WITH RESISTANCE BANDS
With legs hip width apart or more, place the resistance band (light, medium or heavy) underneath your shoes and hold onto the handles palms facing you. During the downward squat, pull up on the resistance bands, hold for 1 breath, then release back to standing position. Be sure to stop before the knees move past the feet. For a great glute firming workout, repeat 3 sets of 10 repetitions. The weight of the resistance band should make it difficult to complete 10. Increase the resistance weight if reaching 10 repetitions feels easy to do.
ARM STRENGTHENING WITH RESISTANCE BANDS
Start from standing position, resistance band from light to heavy under your feet. The greater the resistance, the greater the arm workout will be. Start with basic bicep curls using the resistance bands. Use slow and controlled movements. Try to complete 3 sets of 10 repetitions. Move onto shoulder flys then side arm lifts for maximum burn.
Resistance bands are one of the favorite tools for fitness fanatics who travel frequently because each workout requires a minimum amount of space. Many hotel/motel rooms are tiny, but with resistance bands, it is easy to build muscle. Just make sure to stay away from the mini-bar. After all, as the famous fitness guru’s always say, keeping fit is mostly about a clean diet and maintaining a minimum but regular workout regime.
To conclude, achieving a fabulous and fit body while travelling the world is not only possible, but easy to do. Resistance bands are such a great invention and will help keep us all fit while we are on the go.
Happy and healthy travels to you all!