The 8 Best Pieces of Portable Exercise Equipment of 2020

Take your workout on the go

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It can be challenging enough to incorporate a workout and fitness routine into your daily life, but if you are on the move a lot, traveling for work, or for fun, staying in top condition can be one of the furthest things from your mind. It's just easier to skip exercise when you're traveling.

Getting in a great workout while traveling or on vacation doesn't have to be a burden. Plus, the benefits of keeping up with exercise even while traveling are many. For one thing, if you have a regular fitness routine when you're not traveling, getting in some exercise while away helps keep you on track and in the good fitness habit. Also, the exercise will keep you sharp and relaxed while on the road—making your trips less stressful and more enjoyable, whether your it's for business or pleasure.

Here are a few portable fitness equipment options for staying in shape on the road, in hotels and in small spaces.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Jump Ropes

Valeo Ropes
Valeo Ropes. Courtesy of Amazon

Rope Jumping may sound like a playground game, but it is a high-intensity cardiovascular workout that requires balance, strength and agility. Pack one in your suitcase and you will never miss another workout due to your travel schedule.

Best Budget: Resistance Mini-bands Exercise Bands

Perform Better Mini Band Resistance Loop Exercise Bands Set of 4
Perform Better Mini Band Resistance Loop Exercise Bands Set of 4. Courtesy of Amazon

Mini- Bands come in a variety of colors with several different resistance strengths. A well-know brand used by nearly all physical therapy clinics.

Best for Full Body Workout: TRX Suspension Trainer

TRX Suspension Trainer
TRX Suspension Trainer. photo courtesy of Pricegrabber

The TRX Suspension Trainer is a great way to get a full body and core workout almost anywhere. Although it's a bit pricy, this one piece of equipment gives you hundreds of exercises that use your own body weight for resistance.

Best Tracker: Fitbit Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband. Courtesy of Amazon

Pedometers and fitness trackers like the Fitbit are great for tracking your activity and providing a motivational tool for increasing the steps you take each day at home or on the road. Wear one when you travel and see if it doesn't help you walk more often.

Best for Upper Body: Resistance Bands

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set
Courtesy of Amazon

Easy to pack and use, a resistance band or two can provide a good upper and lower body workout in the smallest amount of space.

Best Body Weight: P90X Workout Kit

P90X workout
P90X workout. Photo courtesy of PriceGrabber

The popular workout program that you can do nearly anywhere, P90X has a reputation of giving you a killer workout using mainly your body weight and a small floor space. Easy to do in your hotel room or home away from home.

Best for Abs: Exercise Ball

Balance Ball
Plank on Balance Ball. Photodisc / Getty Images

If you have an inflatable exercise ball, you have a mini-gym at your fingertips. The number of exercises—especially ab work—that you can do with a ball is practically unlimited. Get a starter video to learn the basics and go from there.

Best for Back: Perfect Pushup

Perfect Pushup
Perfect Pushup. Courtesy of Amazon

The Perfect Pushup is a really nice way to do push ups without any stress on the wrists. Now it comes in a travel size. The rotating handles snap into a non-slip base for easy set up on the road.

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