If you’re traveling this Spring, it can be difficult to maintain your exercise routine while you’re on the road. To keep your workouts consistent, convenience is the key – and having the right equipment and a few simple exercises makes it all the easier to stay true to those New Year’s resolutions.
For simple floor work, like pilates, yoga, crunches, push-ups, and other bodyweight exercises, our exercise mats might be just what you need. Our personal exercise mats are compact, inexpensive, and easy to use, so they’re the perfect complement to your road-trip essentials.
Here are three simple bodyweight workouts you can do while traveling with a personal exercise mat:
Push-ups are a great exercise that can be done anywhere, including while traveling.
They target the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. To do a push-up, place your hands shoulder-width apart on the ground and extend your legs straight behind you, with your toes on the ground. Keep your body in a straight line and lower yourself down towards the ground by bending your elbows. Then, push yourself back up to the starting position.
The plank is an excellent exercise for strengthening the core and improving posture. To do a plank, start in a push-up position with your arms straight and your hands shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself down onto your forearms, making sure your elbows are directly under your shoulders. Hold this position for as long as you can, keeping your body in a straight line from head to heels.
Squats are a great exercise for working the lower body, including the glutes, quads, and hamstrings. To do a bodyweight squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your toes pointing slightly outward. Bend your knees and lower your hips down and back, as if you were sitting into a chair. Keep your chest up and your back straight, and make sure your knees are tracking over your toes. Then, push yourself back up to the starting position.
Whether you don’t feel like making the trip to the (often subpar) hotel gym, or you don’t feel like trying to find a local gym wherever you may be, having the flexibility to do your workout when you want and where you want will make it easier to actually do the workout. Even if it's a simplified exercise, you get the added confidence that comes with the satisfaction of knowing you’re sticking with your plan.