If too much travel is your excuse to skip a workout, there is no need to blame work anymore. Here are some helpful fitness tips to get your exercise fix in your hotel room
Whether you travel for work or want to see the world, jumping from one hotel room to the next, indulging in breakfast buffets and lounging in front of a TV while you raid the mini fridge are not the best ways to stay fit. Wipe that guilty smile off your face and take a look at these five, easy ways to work out in your hotel room – now you don’t have an excuse not to stay fit:
#1: Work with your bed
Think you need to drag yourself down to the gym to do a challenging push up? Think again! To work your chest as well as your core muscles, you can do push ups, using your hotel room bed. All you have to do is place your hands on the edge of the bed, place your toes on the floor and lean in a high plank position. Now you do your push ups in this inclined position.
#2: Jump around your room
Happy to be on vacation? Jump for joy! This might be the easiest few minutes you’ll ever spend getting fit – and it will actually keep you in shape on your travels. Remember that in order to do an effective jumping jack (so you’re not jumping around without results), keep your arms straight as you bring them up. Remember also to bring them up to your ears with each jump.
#3: Be a squatter
No, no. We don’t mean live out of your hotel room. If you’re lucky enough to have a hotel room with a chair, this is a really effective way to get in shape. Use it as a guide for your squats by clasping your hands behind your head and lowering your body into a sitting position. Go down as if to sit on the chair, skim it lightly and then push yourself back into a standing position. It sounds simple, but is intensive enough to work your hamstrings and gluts.
#4: Climb to the top
If you love an adrenaline rush, this one’s perfect for you, and you don’t even need any equipment for it at all. Go into a plank position on the floor and slowly bring on of your knees up to your chest. Quickly switch legs as though you’re climbing up a steep hill - this is one of the most effective exercise routines to reduce your tummy and get that coveted flat stomach!
#5: Lunge forward
Lunges are simple, but try one with a bicep curl for a little twist. We’re sure your hotel room has bottles – so go ahead and grab two mineral water bottles. Instead of drinking them, use them as weights! Stand with your left foot forward and lower into a lunge, doing a bicep curl while you go down. Repeat, switch legs and go again. And there you go – with five simple moves; you’ve made the most of your hotel room and managed to stay fit instead of piling on the kilos.
Also, if you're stuck in meetings all day, why not try these simple stretches at the desk?
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