I travel for a living. Every day is an exciting adventure and I feel blessed to have had gotten paid to do it for decades.
However, traveling is not always healthy. Too many sedentary hours spent sitting in airports, on planes, in autos, shuttles, ships. I try to walk whenever possible and use workout centers when available.
But now I have found a new travel buddy – the Move! Exercise Kit from IronCompany.com. The lightweight kit comes in an easy-to-carry mesh bag with a drawstring top and shoulder strap. The bag contains a foam roller, foam balance pad and three variable resistance iron bands.
The kit also comes with an instructional online video which teaches you how to correctly and safely use the kit. The online video can be accessed via computer or mobile device using a provided password. Since I always travel with my laptop computer it is easy to sign on and get the video started.
Some of the exercises on the video include squats, lateral walks, bear crawls, wood chops, one arm rows, three-point pull, chest press, high rows, straight arm pulldown/bicep combo and crunches. Each sessions begins with a warm up and ends with a cool down.
After watching the video and following along on the exercises about a dozen times, I easily know what exercises come next and no long need the video. But it is motivational to hear fitness expert Jenn Zerling lead me through the exercises.
HANDY KIT MAKES EXERCISING EASIER
Zerling help created the Move! Exercise Kit along with IronCompany.com. The exercises feature a beginner, intermediate and advanced circuit. I’m now on the intermediate circuit and it feels comfortable to me.
With the exercise kit, I really have no excuse for not exercising. Sometimes when I check into my hotel room or cruise ship cabin, I don’t feel like changing my clothes to visit the exercises facilities. And I may not feel like being social with other exercisers there.
Now I can just wear whatever I want, flip out the sturdy Move! Exercise Kit pad and get started with the roller and iron bands workout.
When the kit first arrived in the mail, I thought the foam balance pad and form roller would probably be soft and squishy. If I sat on the roller, I thought it would probably collapse. The thing doesn’t budge. Neither does the balance pad. They are quite firm and easy to use in the exercises.
The 6-inch by 24-inch foam roller is solid throughout, won’t absorb moisture, holds its shape and can also be used for massages. The roller is wide enough to massage the upper and lower backs and hips – a nice plus for people like me who sit for long periods of time on a trip.
The foam balance pad measures 15 inches by 19 inches by 2.25 inches. It also does not absorb moisture. The pad is supposed to help improve balance and ankle stability, improve posture and agility, and increase mind/body coordination. It also functions quite well as a place to sit and meditate. I used to think I was being lazy if I just sat and cleared my mind. Now I know that I’m mediating, quite a healthy thing to do, especially at the end of one of my exercise sessions.
The three 40-inch variable resistance iron bands come in three resistance levels – 20, 25 and 30 pounds. The bands are used for stretching, warming up, assisting with pull-ups and other moves. My husband’s doctor had given him bands to use years ago to help develop back strength and prevent back pain. But these bands are much stronger and easier to use.
KIT PROVIDES EXERCISE MOTIVATION
The first time I took my Move! Exercise Kit on the road was just a four-day driving trip through Kentucky. The kit easily fit over my shoulder as I pulled my suitcase into a different hotel each night. With the kit staring at me in my room, I decided to exercise for just 10 minutes at the end of one tiring day. I ended up doing the whole 30-minute workout.
Another advantage I’ve discovered with the Move! Exercise Kit is that I use it even when I’m at home. I keep it in the family room closet and it is handy to pull out, do an exercise session and put away.
IronCompany.com was founded in 1997 and was one of the first fitness equipment suppliers to appear on the World Wide Web. Today, IronCompany.com offers more than 8,000 products ranging from cardio equipment to strength equipment to gym flooring.
For more information: Check out www.ironcompany.com