The holidays are almost here, which means a lot of families are either packing their bags and hitting the road or are boarding planes to fly across the country. According to an Orbitz holiday survey, 72 percent of Americans are planning to travel at least once between Thanksgiving and New Years. Between family gatherings and being around comfort food, we understand it can be difficult to find the time to work out. That’s why we put together some easy workout routines that don’t require machines.
Here are some tips and easy work outs for those taking to the sky this holiday season:
Hike terminal style. Flight delayed? Chances are you may have to wait a few hours until your flight arrives, so take advantage of this time by exploring the airport. This is a great way to work on your cardio and an added plus your bags can act as weights.
Pack some exercise products. We compiled a list of some small products that can fit in your suitcase or carry-on.
- The resistance toner is great from working out your arms. Some simple workouts you can do include the front raise, lateral raise, and bicep curl.
- Fit-Stik™ uses patented Slastix™ technology and works perfectly with the toner. A few simple exercises include the chest press, tricep press, and bent arm tricep press.
- The Loop is great for working your lower body. Three easy exercises that don’t require weights are the glute press, squat, and side leg lift.
Take the long way. Avoid people movers or flat escalators. Use your feet instead or do some lunges while walking to your terminal.
If you are planning on taking a road trip here are a few additional tips:
Stretch between breaks. Don’t worry about looking silly stretching outside your car during pit stops it’s better to keep your body relaxed. Being in the car for several hours can make very sore and if you’re traveling with the kids this is a great time to let them join you in some yoga poses. Some great yoga poses you can do while standing and don’t require a mat include downward dog, warrior, tree, and crescent moon.
Take every opportunity to exercise. Are you in a rush to get to your next destination? Sometimes pit stops are very quick and there’s barely any time to stretch. While filling up your tank or waiting to pay for gas, you can do jumping jacks or run in place.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.