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5 Smart Gifts for Exercising on the Go

I travel quite a bit for work, moving from one hotel room to the next. Sometimes hotels have exercise rooms, and when I plan accordingly, I wake up and try to sneak in a half hour on the elliptical machine before my day begins. Other times, the exercise rooms leave something to be desired. The equipment doesn’t work. The machine I want to use is taken. I’ve slept a bit too late. And then there are those times when I stay with friends instead of at a hotel. Sure, this saves a bit of cash, but it also throws a giant barrier between me and my daily workout.

In the event that you’re shopping for someone like me (or me, for that matter; I’m always happy to receive presents), then gifting ways to make exercise easier while traveling or while rushing from one activity to the next is a great idea. Not only are the gifts useful, they will fall in line with keeping your giftee happy and healthy. You can’t gift wrap exercise motivation and give that as a present, but if your gift receiver is already leaning toward the motivated side of things, then these gifts will help them accomplish their goals, even when they’re on the road. I offer up five great gifts for exercising while on the go.


There are a whole bunch of reasons why resistance loop bands are so popular. First, they are so versatile. They can be looped around wrists, ankles, thighs, knees, and more. Second, when it comes to portability, it would be hard to find anything easier to transport. The Letsfit Resistance Loop band pack comes with 5 different levels of resistance, all in a handy little travel bag. And third, they target a whole range of areas on the body and can focus on strength training or even just stretching. A must have for any fitness enthusiast!

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Jumping rope is possibly one of the best overall exercises out there, and by getting your special someone a speed jump rope, they will be able to take their workout anywhere they go. Here’s the thing about jumping rope. If you haven’t done it in a while, it’s really hard and you feel like you are going to keel over. But it doesn’t take long to build up the stamina and jump happily. The Survival Cross Jump Rope is small, adjustable, and can be easily tucked in the side pocket of a backpack for travel.



I’ll be completely honest here. I always wanted to be someone who did yoga on a regular basis, but it’s never fit into my routine. So for this gift idea, I consulted with a yoga friend who was always bemoaning not having a yoga mat while traveling. Yoga mats are bulky and hard to fit into a suitcase, making hotel room yoga somewhat of a pain. But with the YogaPaws SkinThin Yoga gloves and socks, the mat can be left at home. They come in a variety of colors, are latex and silicone free, and will keep their grip use after use after use.

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Every day is abs day, but that doesn’t mean when your special someone travels, they will have to be stuck doing sit-ups or crunches. Instead, when you gift them an ab roller, they can take their ab workout to the next level, engaging way more of their body in the process. If you’ve never tried an ab roller, I can’t recommend them enough, and your giftee will be equally thrilled with this choice. It’s easy to pack for travel, but I’m willing to bet they’ll be using it even when not on the road.



I mentioned resistance loop bands earlier, but for pure simplicity, a basic resistance band can’t be beat. It has so many uses, including stretching and strength training, and it is easily adjustable just by re-positioning your grip. It comes in a variety of colors, is inexpensive, and can virtually go anywhere. Keep one at the office. One in the car. One if the suitcase. Your loved one will thank you every time they use it and will never have a reason to skip working out while on the road.

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P. J. (Tricia) Hoover

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover loves receiving all kinds of gifts, whether homemade, re-gifted, found in nature, or ordered online. Sure, it's the thought that counts, but P. J. likes to make sure that there was actually thought involved (as opposed to random selection). When not scouring the Internet for the perfect gift, P. J. writes books (mostly SFF, horror, and adventure), enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves tackling projects around the house.

Favorite gift themes: Wine, coffee, nerdy fandoms
Favorite fandoms: LOTR, Star Trek
Hobbies: Home improvement, kung fu, exercise, reading
Collects: Nesting dolls, Rubik's cubes, anything to do with mythology

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