Whether your trip is for work or play, the struggle is real when it comes to a workout. Between seedy hotel gyms, laborious research for a local yoga class, and googling safe run routes in a new city,
The good news is that-assuming you actually want to work out-you can squeeze in a sweat session from your Airbnb or hotel room without much logistical effort at all. These seven pieces of equipment are easy to throw in your car or
Do not be fooled-sliders are pretty unassuming, but they pack a real punch by challenging their stability and core strength during bodyweight workouts. This set is double-sided, so they're nice and easy to slide on both hardwood and carpeted floors. Plus, they're lightweight, flat, and basically take up zero space at the bottom of your suitcase or carry-on bag. Not many excuses left, huh?
If you're trying to keep up with your cardio while traveling, keep a jump rope handy. Just a 10-minute workout with a rope (like this one from Fitness Master) creates a calorie-burning cardio session that you can take just about anywhere. Unless, of course, your hotel room has hardwood floors-then take it outside so you do not drive the bananas with your jumping.
While jumping rope is a killer workout, it's a lot of impact on your joints ,
($ 10; amazon.com)
A flat and foldable agility ladder (like this one from GHB Pro) is one of the easiest pieces of athletic equipment you can just lay it on the floor or in the grass and channel your inner athlete. Yes, it's great for targeting your lower body and improving your speedwork. But most importantly, training on an agility ladder is basically like playing grown-up hopscotch, so it's pretty pretty fun.
($ 12; amazon.com)
No access to a gym while you 'traveling? Check out these portable double-handled kettlebells from Kamagon. They fill with water or sand to weigh anywhere from 2 to 13 pounds and deflate for easy travel. relax on your vacation.
($ 43; amazon.com)
For the suitcase real estate value of a chunky sweater, you can take your yoga practice wherever you go. This lightweight, foldable Gaiam is great to have on hand for all your horizontal workout needs.
($ 20; amazon.com)
7. How to get homeick for your favorite studio? Last but not least, certainly not least, check out our favorite workout apps and streaming services-some require little to no equipment, and some are totally free, so keeping yourself motivated when you're away from home has never been easier.
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Nina Bahadur is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant based in NYC.