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Ways to help keep you fit while on vacation

Q: I run into the same problem when I go on vacation. No matter how I try, sticking to my workouts just seems impossible. Any ideas?

A: Vacations and traveling in general, can wreak havoc on workouts unless you plan ahead. Thankfully there are many products designed specifically to help keep you on track while traveling, so there’s no reason to let your workouts suffer.

Resistance bands/tubing are one of the best exercise options if you are away from home. They are portable, lightweight and inexpensive, allowing you to keep muscles strong. The ProGym Extreme allows you to get a total body workout, and includes bands and a manual filled with photos and instruction on how to perform exercises. This all fits into a heavy-duty mesh travel bag with a drawstring closure. Included are five color-coded resistance tubes: red - 5-pound, blue - 10 pound, green - 15 pound, black - 20 pound and orange - 25 pound. You can obtain 15 levels of resistance by creating different combinations of strength, ranging from 5 to 75 pounds.

The True Sport Duffle is a lightweight gym bag, perfect for anyone who does alot of traveling. It features numerous organizational compartments, an umbrella pop-out feature, and an integrated packing checklist. It is designed with a special laundry compartment for worn gym clothing that is entirely separate from clean clothing. The True Sport Duffle uses technology that allows the user to compress laundry contents, saving even more space. When unpacking after a trip, the laundry compartment easily zips out and away from the rest of the duffle and serves as its own laundry bag.

The CardNinja is an inexpensive alternative to the traditional wallet. It carries up to eight credit or ID cards, and securely attaches to the back of most smartphones. Made from a durable Spandex, the CardNinja is completely removable and comes in a variety of colors.

If you tend to overheat, need to ice a sore muscle or joint, or are just looking for a way to stay more comfortable on a hot day, Coldfront makes it easy and convenient. A zip-open case contains two individual cooling packs small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, which unlike regular ice packs or gel packs, stay cold for up to 12 hours without being a drippy mess. To prepare for traveling, place it in the freezer overnight or for at least 12 hours. Once cooled, toss it into your handbag, briefcase, gym bag or backpack, and go. When you are done using, simply return the palm pack to the Coldfront case and zip it closed. The palm pack just used will be ready to use again within 20 minutes, without having to place it back into the freezer. Should you need some cooling relief within 20 minutes, the second palm pack is ready and waiting for you.

Other workout ideas:

* When traveling, take advantage of great calorie-burning and leg-strengthening exercises like climbing stairs, bleachers or hills. When climbing stairs, take them two at a time to increase fat burning.

* Make a plan to complete a 15-minute brisk walk, jog or run twice a day.

* Classic on-the-road exercises include bodyweight movements like push-ups, squats, lunges, planks and crunches. One option is to do one set of each exercise for a total of 1 minute each, followed by a cardio activity such as jumping rope or jogging in place. For maximum calorie burning, repeat sequence once, twice or more, depending on goals and fitness level.

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