The Traveling Gym

Chances are good that you’ve heard your body could use some exercise every day. But for those who are busy globe trotters or regular business travelers, finding time to exercise can be challenging, and a gym may not always be accessible. Although many great workout routines are now more focused on using your own body weight, packing your suitcase with some light equipment may be a good idea if you’re not sure what might meet you at your next destination.

Two of my favorite light-weight pieces are the jump rope and these Gliders.


The jump rope is a great cardio alternative to the treadmill, and can get your heart rate up pretty quickly. Certainly a rope made of any material could do, but a light-weight plastic one (like the one pictured) may be the best option for your suitcase.

Gliders are round disks that help reduce friction, and are great for doing variations of the mountain climber. To do the basic mountain climber, place each foot on the Gliders, assume the push-up/plank position, and shuffle your feet like you’re scaling the floor by tucking your knee to your chest. This exercise targets the abdominals while building core strength and agility. Although Gliders aren’t completely necessary, they can help you climb faster, making your work out more efficient. This exercise is best on a tiled bathroom floor, since most hotel rooms are carpeted.

And of course don’t forget to stay hydrated and wipe off your sweat!


2 thoughts on “The Traveling Gym

  1. Love those gliders & love-hate mountain climbers! What variations do you do? (And do you love your Alex water bottle?)

    • OMG yes, I am in LOVE with my Alex water bottle. I even got the smaller size for my juicing recipes…can’t get over how they are so easy to clean. 🙂

      Mountain Climber Variations-
      1. scissor motion by moving your feet out wide and bringing them back in midline.
      2. instead of alternating knees, tuck both in at the same time and slide back to plank.
      3. tuck both in and slide out to the right and left.
      4. ditch the gliders and climb high by bringing your knees to your shoulder level, and rotate your leg outwards– imagine: froggy-like?
      5. add push ups in the routine…but only if you want to hate mountain climbers even more!!!

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