ON THE ROAD FOR WORK OR — EVEN BETTER — PLAY? CARVE OUT A CORNER IN YOUR SUITCASE, POP IN A RESISTANCE BAND, AND SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR EXCUSES. CONSIDER THIS TRIP AN ACTIVE ONE — AND HOLD YOURSELF TO IT.
Most of us embark on a vacation with the best intentions to hit the gym at least a few times, to take it easy at the buffet, to exercise discretion with the fruity drinks. But it’s so easy to get caught up in the blaring sun, afternoon naps, and yet another road trip, so who can blame you for letting your program fall to the wayside?
When you’re away from home but still looking to sweat, resistance bands are your best friend. They’re light, portable, and infinitely versatile – buy a few of varying tensions so you can use the lighter ones for upper-body moves and the thicker ones for lower-body moves. Even more ideal: do this series of moves at least twice a week while away, and you’ll be able to indulge with a clear conscience.
HOW TO DO IT Perform all moves in order once without rest. Recover for one minute, then repeat from the top. Got some extra time? Do it again!
A Stand on the middle of a band and raise your upper arms to shoulder height, wrists above your elbows.
Stand on the middle of a band and raise your upper arms to shoulder height, wrists above your elbows.
Press your hands above your head until your arms are straight. Pause, then slowly lower back to the start. Do 12 reps
One-Armed Lateral Raise
Step your feet out wide. Place one end of the band under your foot and hold the other end in your hand.
Keep a slight bend in your el-bow as you raise your hand out to the side until your arm is at shoulder height and the band is taut. Slowly reverse. Repeat the motion for 10 reps total, then switch to your other hand.
Hold one end of the band in each hand and step on to its middle. Keep a small distance between your hands as you pull the band upward in a straight line, making sure your elbows peak above your shoulders at the top. Extend your arms to return to the start. Repeat for 10 reps total.
Choke up with each hand on either end of a band, or fold it in half to increase the ten-sion. Position both hands in front of your chest with elbows lifted.
Extend from your elbows to open your arms out wide, keeping your elbows at the same height throughout the motion. Hold for one count, then return to the start. Do 12 reps total.
Overhead Triceps Extension
Tuck one end of the band under your foot, grab the other end in one hand, and raise your elbow until it is beside your head.
Extend from your elbow until fully extended. Make sure your upper arm remains stationary throughout the move. Bend your elbow to lower your hand. Complete a total of 10 reps, then repeat on your
Place both of your feet beside each other on the middle of a band and hold one end in each hand. Soften your knees and lean forward from the hips until your back is 45 degrees to the ground.
Leading with your elbows, pull your shoulder blades toward each other as you bring the handles up to the sides of your chest. Pause, then lower your hands back to the start. Repeat for 12 reps.
Side Leg Lift
Tie the ends of your band together and loop it around your calves. Without bending your knee, raise one leg straight out the side. Keep your core strong to maintain a tall upper body. Pause, then reverse. Finish 10 reps on one side before switching to the other.
Place your hands on your hips or keep them loose at your sides. Take a big step forward with one foot and bend both legs, dropping your rear knee an inch or two above the ground. Pause, then press through your front foot to return to the start. Repeat, alternating legs, for 20 reps total.
Sit on a bench or ledge with your feet flat on the ground. Place both hands beside your hips, walk your feet forward slightly, and extend your arms fully.
Bend your arms to lower your glutes toward the ground. Keep your eyes facing forward and don’t let your elbows flare out to the sides. Press through your palms to extend your arms. Do as many reps as you can with good form.
Loop the band around your legs and squat down low. Hold your hands together in front of your chest for balance.
Keep your glutes low to the ground and shoulders level as you step one foot out to the side, then move the other to meet it. Continue moving in the same direction for 10 steps. Without stopping, move in the opposite direction back to the start.
Should tap Push-Up
Get into a push-up position on a mat with your legs straight and your hands under your shoul-ders. Bend your elbows to lower your chest toward the ground.
As you rise, reach one arm across your body to tap your opposite shoulder. Continue in this manner, alternating arms, for 16 to 20 reps total.
Crunch with Leg Lift
Lie face-up on the ground with the middle of the band looped around the bottom of your feet. Grab one end in each hand and raise your shoulders and feet slightly from the ground.
Slowly lift your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor. Hold, then slowly lower in an arc until they are a
few inches above the ground. Complete 15 reps.