I'm with Cindy- the bands and the body exercises are the best options for travelling. A tip on the rubber strip/bands- physical therapy offices buy these in bulk, so they sell them cheaper (mine sells them for $1 a foot). you might try calling a couple in your area if the ones at the cheap stores are more than $5. There's a post in the Help forum that links to a woman on YouTube that shows all the LiveFit exercises using bands.
Since your trips are short, I would also suggest moving your days of exercises around so you do the ones that YOU feel are easiest to manage without all the equipment. You can always do Abs, and lots of the Leg work without weights. Look ahead in the program and see a couple of the more challenging variations-- like single legged squats, double lunges- that if you have to do non-weighted will add that extra challenge. Or maybe make the one-day trip as your day of rest. and work in your exercises on what would normally be your rest day.
With the food- ditto again on Cindy-- make sure you have a cooler with YOUR food in the car. You'll still have to make pitstops, but it doesn't mean you have to order fast food. Protein bars (packaged or homemade), protein shakes (just add water), and raw veggies all travel great.
Do you have any bands? If not you might want to consider getting one or two. I personally like the tubes with handles, but the regular rubber strips are cheaper.
They pack easily and you can do most exercises modified for bands. I would just make sure you look at the workout and make any notes before you go about how you need to do the exercise with the band rather than dumbbells so you aren't stuck without your internet and are unsure what to do.
If bands aren't an option right now, there are some great body weight exercises you can do in lieu of a weighted workout. Here are a couple links to some that I had time to check out, but if you google body weight exercise routines, lots comes up. The second link offers different levels and divides by upper and lower body, so it might be a good starting place.
The thing with travelling is that it might mean that you cannot do exactly what the program outlines, but you can certainly do something. PACK FOOD for your car trip is my biggest tip. A cooler with clean food and cold water will avoid the McDonalds pit stops, at least for you, even if the rest of the family wants it. And take a copy of a great fitness magazine like Oxygen or Muscle and Fitness Hers or whatever you like (but those are more weight training oriented) along with you to read. Also love Clean Eating magazine if you want to find some new recipes to try upon your return.
Edited by: CSTEVENSON at: 5/11/2012 (12:11)
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Hi ladies I am going to be doing a little traveling in the next few weeks and I want advice on the best way to handle the workouts without having to lug my dumbells along. I will not have access to the internet, but plan on printing off the information from the website for at home day.
Also which food do you find travel best? I want to bring as much of my own prepared foods as possible to maintain control.
My first trip will be an overnight stay in LA. Fly in in the evening and leave the following evening. My second trip will be driving 12 hours (stuck in the car with 2 screaming kids, yay) on a friday and driving home on that same Sunday (no choice family obligation).
Any travel advice is appreciated.
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