Bare­foot Work­outs

No room in the suit­case for a pair of ex­er­cise train­ers? Try work­ing out bare­footed

Business Traveler (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Reg­gie Ho

Fre­quent trav­el­ing can take a toll on your fit­ness – all those hours of sit­ting in the lounge, sit­ting on the plane, sit­ting at the meet­ing… and if you still have some mo­ti­va­tion left when you get to the ho­tel, the gym or the pool might be the only so­lace.

The pool is usu­ally closed at night, but an in­creas­ing num­ber of ho­tel gyms are open round the clock. The prob­lem is, if you want to pack light, a pair of train­ers re­ally does not help. Some people wear toe-shoes to the gym, but they pro­vide lit­tle pro­tec­tion if you are do­ing weights.

The so­lu­tion, it seems, is re­sis­tance train­ing that you can do bare­footed – ei­ther on a yoga mat at the gym or just us­ing a bath towel on the floor of your ho­tel room.

Ex­er­cise videos can pro­vide the ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to work out, but these DVDs vary enor­mously in qual­ity, so choose care­fully. Read on for some rec­om­men­da­tions, and rou­tines that you can fol­low rel­a­tively safely.

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