Exercise in Your Hotel Room3 min read
Exercising regularly can do great things for your overall health. You know this, right? But traveling, whether for business or pleasure, can disrupt your exercise regimen. This is Healthy Travel Blog, so we need to figure out a way to do this.
Sure, the hotel has a fitness facility right downstairs, but it just seems so hard to get there between excursions or business meetings. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your daily dose of physical activity – and you don’t even have to leave your hotel room! It’s all about planning and being resourceful.
No space? No problem.
No matter how small your room may be, there are exercises you can do that don’t require much space. Get your heart pumping by doing sets of mountain climbers, jumping jacks, burpees, running in place, football runs, tuck jumps, squat jumps, invisible jump roping and jumping jack planks. All of these moves will raise your heart rate while firing up different muscle groups – killing two birds with one stone.
You don’t have to have a barbell and sets of weights to work on your strength either. Try doing stationary squats, lunges, wall sits and climbing stairs to fire up your lower body. Have a study chair in your room? Use it to prop up your back foot while doing lunges to pump up your intensity level.
Hit the floor and hold a plank, do crunches, full sit-ups, bicycle crunches, flutter kicks and pushups to work on your arms and core. Utilize that sturdy chair for some triceps dips.
Amp up all of these moves by throwing a resistance band in your suitcase before jetting off – a resistance band can be used in a variety of different ways to tone up and their size allows makes them easy to fit into your luggage – and they won’t set off airport metal detectors. This tool is great for toning since resistance is maintained through every part of the exercise motion; free weights don’t give you that continual resistance.
A weighted jump rope can also easily fit into your suitcase. Jumping rope might take you back to your days on the playground, but this activity can actually burn more calories per minute than any other cardio exercise. And you don’t need much space to jump rope either – another plus!
Download apps and pack DVDs
Some people work out best when they have someone telling them what to do. In that case, there are a ton of fitness apps you can download onto your smart phone or tablet to keep you on track during your trip. No matter what your activity preference is, whether you’re into yoga, HIIT (High Intensity Internal Training) training, Pilates or interval training, there’s an app for you.
You can also pack some fitness DVDs, such as P90X or Insanity, to keep your training intense while you’re away.
If you’re connected to your hotel’s Wi-Fi, you’ll have even more fitness options. YouTube is home to thousands of exercise routines you can follow, not to mention the recent rise in fitness websites that stream workouts for you to follow no matter where you are in the world. Many of the top fitness and lifestyle magazines now offer workout videos and write-ups for you to follow on their websites as well.
So long as you have a little bit of room and some motivation, your fitness regimen never has to suffer when you’re taking a trip.