|I’ll have to admit, I wasn’t that excited when I first spotted The Fit Traveler: Take Your Workout With You on the shelf of my local bookstore. Don’t get me wrong, I am into exercising. I hit the gym three times a week. But a little book and an elastic band just didn’t look like a very effective workout. However, one afternoon I decided to give it a go. Armed with my Fit Traveler book and the purple resistance band (included) I began my trial workout.
Granted, it is not the same as heading to the gym, but I’d have to say that The Fit Traveler impressed me. I imagined myself on vacation in a hotel without an exercise room. First I could do a 15-minute brisk walk around the neighborhood. Next, since I don’t have access to weights in my fantasy accommodations, I tried using the band to target and strengthen various muscle groups. And I was pleasantly surprised.
The Fit Traveler includes easy instructions, more than 50 photos and descriptive pictures on using the band to target the muscles of the upper and lower body. I was able to feel the resistance the band provided. If more resistance was needed, I merely held the band farther down.
The workout was awkward at times, but I got the hang of it. The 20 exercises delivered a full body workout, including the chest, shoulders, back, biceps and triceps of the upper body, and quadriceps, hamstrings, and outer and inner thighs for the lower body.
A section for abdominals is also included. The exercises are explained in step-by-step detail and illustrated with color photos. If you have never worked out before, the entire program could be exhausting. So I’d recommend trying a few exercises the first time and working up.
Toward the end of the book are pages to keep track of your workout where you can jot down your routine. Also included are diet tips while traveling, such as watching the size of the main course in restaurants, sticking to wine instead of mixed drinks (which are sugar and fat loaded), drinking plenty of water, etc. The book is compact for easy carrying while traveling, and a pocket in front of the book holds the band.
Author Lissa Mueller is an A.C.E. (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer, an A.C.E. certified aerobic instructor, a group-fitness coordinator and a personal yoga instructor.
Co-author Kari Eide confesses that she is an “exercise junkie.” She has taken several courses in nutrition and physical education at California State University, Fresno.
Other fitness programs the team has co-authored include: The Fit Traveler: Senior Edition; The Fit Maternity: Before & After Edition; and The Fit Disability: Sit-Down Workout. The fitness kits, all of which include an elastic band, are available in bookstores and travel concessionaires.
I’ve already got The Fit Traveler packed for my next trip.
The Fit Traveler: Take Your Workout With You
By Kari Eide and Lissa Mueller
Publishers Design Group
48 pages, plus pocket with free resistance band
Publication date: January 2006