When you’re traveling, it’s tough to find a spare minute to spend in the gym.
This is especially true during the holiday season—who wants to venture from a room packed with family, even in the name of fitness? And yet, the holiday season is a crucial time to stay fit—and you don’t have to sacrifice fitness when you’re on the go this season. Most StrechCordz®, MediCordz®, and TurfCordz® can be tucked into the pocket of a suitcase—their portability makes them ideal for travel. Here are our best tips and tools to keep you growing stronger as the days grow longer:
Swimmers: Make a Plan for Resistance Training
If you’re a swimmer, you know that the training doesn’t stop, even when outdoor pools are long-closed and snow begins to fall—but, during the holidays, it’s easy to let exercise slide.
For the unmotivated athlete, planning is key. Training schedules should be determined at least a month in advance. When you will be absolutely unable to exercise, be sure that the previous few days are rigorous—this way, the gaps between workouts serve as resting periods. With a steady plan, you can utilize your time, even during hectic days.
A key fitness tool for swimmers this holiday season is the StrechCordz® S100, a cord for dryland resistance training. In addition to being something of a classic—the S100 is the original dryland training device—it’s ideal for training in a limited area, building strength and enhancing speed.
Physical Therapy Patients: Keep Moving!
In physical therapy, the emphasis is on movement, to readjust to once-familiar movements and build back strength. While it might be tempting to surrender to the tryptophan snooze after a big meal, don’t give in to sluggishness.
When sitting isn’t necessary—dinner and the requisite game of monopoly having ended—stay on your feet! Back compressive pressure is lower while standing, and standing increases caloric expenditure and circulation.
Though your best tool depends on your injury, an outstanding recommendation is the MediCordz® Bungie Upper Body & Back Kit M600. This dual-purpose bungie cord builds strength in the back and the upper body, making it a time-saver during your busiest months. The tool merely consists of one of our tough rubber-and-nylon braided bungie cords and straps that fix to your feet, making it an easy tool to travel with.
Football, Baseball, and Basketball: Find a Partner!
When relaxation threatens to eclipse your fitness goals, find a training partner to stay motivated. Sure, not every family member might be an athlete, per se, but everyone can benefit from building muscle and burning calories, especially during the holidays.
An effective tool to bring on the go would be TurfCordz® Ankle Cordz S140 because of their portability and versatility. Work out your agility. Train for an explosive start. And strengthen abs, legs, and even hips. You won’t be sorry after a steaming plate of turkey dinner.