A positive attitude
You’re ready to set off on a trip–business, holiday, or family–and you tell yourself you are committed to continuing your fitness regimen. So why do you feel that you always fail? Linda Melone, CSCS, certified trainer, founder of AgelessAfter50.com, says it’s all in your head–literally. “Your whole mindset changes when you’re on vacation and/or traveling,” says the Coto de Caza, California-based fitness expert. “You’re out of your regular routine, for one. Plus, you’re likely focused on enjoying yourself, which makes it easy to put aside exercise.” Pledge to regularly exercise when traveling and take along the following easy-to-pack items to help you stay on track.
Fitness tubes and bands
Fitness tubes and bands attach easily to doorknobs and hinges and can be used for just about any body part. “They’re inexpensive, weigh next to nothing, and can be folded up and around your clothes in your suitcase,” says Melone, the co-host of The Bowflex Burn radio show and podcast. You can find an array of the bands at various retailers including Amazon; prices range from about $5 up. Visit the Mayo Clinic website and watch free videos to show you exercises.