As you read every word of this article, you will discover several surefire ways to stay in shape while traveling, which can go a long way towards preventing health issues such as heart disease and obesity.
Imagine this nightmare scenario…
You travel several hundred miles with your family to go and see your favorite baseball team. At the game, all you hear is the roar of the massive amounts of fans watching and cheering on the team. You can also smell the aroma of freshly roasted peanuts in the air.
Then all of a sudden…
A key player on your favorite team hits a home run out of the ballpark.
As you jump up out of your seat with the rest of the fans, you feel your chest tightening and extreme pain in your heart.
You suddenly crash to the stadium’s concrete floor.
The next thing you know, you wake up in a hospital room surrounded by your family and friends wondering how you got there.
The doctor explains you’ve suffered a mild heart attack; your cholesterol and blood pressure levels are extremely high.
Your response is you’ve been doing a great deal of traveling, not exercising or eating properly, and have been under a tremendous amount of stress.
The doctor suggests taking some time off to recover and when you are strong enough, start an exercise/diet program to decrease your risk of having another heart attack.
So there you are…
The above is a true story based on a very close family member and it happens to people every single day.
By applying the information in this article, you can potentially prevent the same thing from happening to you or someone you know.
Personal Items To Get In An Effective Workout On The Road
The most popular items that could be used to work out include suitcases and backpacks of various sizes because with them you can train almost every muscle group.
For example, you could perform standing bicep curls, triceps extensions, wrist curls, wide stance squats, lunges, stiff-legged deadlifts, calf raises, chest presses, side bends for the abdominal, etc.
As you can see, your luggage can be used for more than transporting your clothing.
It can keep you fit.
If you want more resistance, put more items inside the luggage. If you want less resistance to remove items from the luggage, it’s just that simple.
I’ll bet you will never look at your luggage the same!
Inexpensive Traveling Equipment To Get In An Effective Workout On The Road
There is no shortage of options available to you when it comes to traveling exercise equipment.
Here’s a partial list of the equipment available to you:
- Stretch tubing with or without handles
- Water-filled weights
- Small dumbbells
- Stability ball (travels with a pump to allow inflation/deflation)
With the above inexpensive and compact workout equipment, there is no body part that you couldn’t work out.
I highly recommend you purchase portable workout equipment if it’s in your budget because that’s what they are specially designed for only use the suitcase option if you have to or combine the two to create killer workout routines while traveling.
People That Will Benefit The Most From Applying These Tips
While the techniques presented in this article can be used by anyone who travels (business or pleasure), they are mainly geared towards those that travel more than 40% of the time.
People, such as truck drivers, traveling salespeople, individuals that host seminars, technicians, businessmen and women, and any other career that requires a lot of traveling.
Why Does Traveling Increases Health Risk?
There are several reasons why traveling increases health risks, but the main three are eating foods saturated with fats, lack of exercise, and increased stress levels.
It’s been known for a long time that foods high in saturated fats cause blockage of your heart by increasing plaque buildup on the lining of your artery walls.
Foods saturated in fats create an increase in cholesterol levels in your bloodstream.
Logically it doesn’t make sense to overindulge in the consumption of fatty foods that are high in cholesterol when our bodies naturally produce it on their own.
Exercise has a long list of benefits; reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy levels, slows down aging, keeps internal organs healthy, etc.
Stress does more damage to your body than you may imagine.
Here’s a partial list of what stress can do to you:
- No enthusiasm toward working out
- High blood pressure
- Loss of body weight (especially lean muscle mass)
- Increase the risk of getting a heart attack (Premature Death)
- And so on…
You should think of staying in shape, eating healthy, and keeping your stress levels down as a type of trifecta that can help you to live your best life.
The solution is simply to remain consistent with your workouts and consume good nutritional well-balanced meals.
There is never a time while traveling you can say you’re not able to get in some extremely effective workouts.
By following the simple surefire ways that I’ve given you in this article, keeping fit even while on the road is made possible.
Go out and purchase yourself some lightweight traveling workout equipment before you go on your next trip because there’s never a good enough excuse not to take care of your most valuable asset -- your health!