By Lisa Penza

A month into the new year, resolutions may start to wane. We can keep them fresh with the right materials, even when we’re out and about. Stay fit with these fabulous travel items:

Building lean muscle is the most efficient way to lose weight and keep it off, but traveling with weights is a heavy challenge. Enter Stacey Keibler’s Travel Weights for Open Sky. The actress, model and fitness expert created these as a way to get toned on the road. Simply fill the water chambers to your desired weight, up to 16 pounds. These are collapsible and compact – only 24 ounces when empty – easy to use, and pack a punch in your morning work out. Just because you’re away from your gym doesn’t mean you can’t keep up on your routine! Available at

No longer just for kids, the hula hoop has become a must have for the fitness enthusiast (or the new year resolutionist). It’s large size and shape make it difficult to take your hooping routine with you wherever you go. Not so with the Empower Cardio Core and More Fitness Hoop. Ingeniously designed to be taken apart in sections, you don’t have to leave your hoop home. The weighted pieces can be rearranged to increase the level of difficulty, to keep challenging your body and fight weight loss plateaus. It also includes a work out DVD, one which I love to take with me and play on my laptop where I am. The hula hoop is certainly a challenge, but such fun! It really reminds me of being a kid again, which makes the fact that I’m exercising all the more enjoyable. Find this at

Staying hydrated is rule number one in fitness! Keep a Hydros Filtering Water Bottle with Side Fill™ close by. You never know with tap water while you’re traveling, and those $8 water bottles in the minibar ad up way too quickly. With a filter built in, the Hydros water bottle keeps the water you drink clean and fresh. A quick fill at 20 seconds, and easy to close tight for no spillage. Plus each filter lasts for three months, or $150 uses, saving both money and 200 plastic bottles from the landfill. Smart and green! Pick this up at

Of course, the one thing you can’t pack is your trainer, no matter how large the case and how many holes you poke in it. How does one keep the motivation going on the road? Try FitOrbit, your virtual trainer, to keep you on point. FitOrbit will match you perfectly with a trainer, whether you want to be pampered or pushed. The trainer will set you up with a meal and exercise plan exactly to your preferences and send you daily email reminders to keep you on track. For less than the cost of a training session at your local gym, take him with you anywhere you go. Sign up at

Originally published February 2012
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