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Portable Workouts

Portable Workouts

When it comes to losing weight, improving fitness and getting the body you have always dreamed of, there are a lot of options. You don't have to be a slave to the gym, and you certainly don't need to buy a lot of expensive or bulky equipment. In fact, there are a number of ways that you can work out on the go, which means that you don't have an excuse when you are at home or even traveling for work. Here are some suggestions for portable workouts and equipment that you can take with you everywhere.

Resistance Bands
If you spend most of your time lifting weights to keep in shape, you might think that you have an excuse to skip workouts when you are far from the nearest gym. In reality, however, you can get the resistance training you need with the help of elastic bands. These thick bands can help you train your biceps, triceps, chest and deltoids, and you can easily pack them in your bag when you are on the road. There are hundreds of exercises utilizing resistance bands, and they are readily available in the strength and size you need.

Stability Ball
These balls are completely lightweight, and they can be deflated or inflated as necessary to fit into the back of your car or your suitcase. With a stability ball, you can modify a number of basic exercises to make them more challenging and more effective. You might try sit-ups with the small of your back on a stability ball, hold the plank position with your ankles under the stability ball for a stronger core or do wall squats with your back against a stability ball for extra support and proper form.

Bodyweight Exercises
Even if you don't any equipment at all, you can still get a great portable workout by performing exercises that use your own body's weight to add resistance. A few examples of these exercises include push-ups, holding planks, crunches, sit-ups, lunges and tricep dips.

Free Cardiovascular Workouts
Don't forget that cardiovascular fitness is also important, and it can be done on the go with little or no equipment. A brisk walk, a jog around the block, dancing in place in your apartment or a few minutes of jumping jacks can elevate your heart rate and burn calories.

If you are ready to exercise away from the gym, you have plenty of options. Resistance bands, bodyweight exercises, cardiovascular workouts and stability balls are fabulous options to workout anywhere. 


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