Written By Aidan D'Arcy
Have you ever gone on holiday, or travelled for work, and just wanted some simple exercises to do in your hotel room? You want exercises that are simple, require no equipment plus keep you fit, toned and strong while you're away from your local gym.
By the end of this article, you'll have 5 effective exercises for your hotel room plus a workout routine to follow.
Want To Stay In Shape Whilst Travelling? Keep It Simple
I used to gain 5kg every time I travelled. I would eat all the foods, lose sight of 'moderation' and forget I was even a personal trainer. I dreaded travelling due to the fear of having no control of what I ate. What I quickly learnt was my relationship with food was the problem, not travelling itself.
You see, staying in shape whilst travelling can be either difficult or easy, depending on how you choose to view it. A lot of my clients travel, so we put together a plan for them to follow whilst away. Your aim should be to keep your plan as simple as possible.
Read: 10 EASY Ways You Can Stay in Shape When Travelling
Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, I'm betting you know where you're going before you step on the plane or get in the car. Never before have we had access to so much information about local restaurants, hotel gyms and supermarket locations at your destination. They key is to plan ahead.
With that out of the way, let's move on to the 5 effective exercises you can do in your hotel room.
5 Effective Exercises For Your Hotel Room + Workout Routine
All the exercises picked require no equipment* and use minimal space - perfect for a hotel room.
*Only room furniture
Each exercise has a video demonstration followed by written cues underneath for the full coaching experience. The exercises target all muscle groups including the:
The workout routine (which is included down the bottom) is designed to help you burn the most amount of calories, in the least amount of time leaving you feeling satisfied, energised and empowered to get through your day.
Exercise #1 - Walkouts
Exercise #2 - Reverse Lunge
Exercise #3 - Walking Plank
Exercise #4 - Chair Dips
Exercise #5 - Suitcase Row
The Workout Routine
Now that you're familiar with the exercises, let's move on to the workout. You're going to complete every exercise in the following order for a minimum of 45 seconds per exercise, with no rest in between until all are completed. You'll have 60 seconds rest after each round. Here's the workout structure:
REPEAT 5 TIMES
If you find 45 seconds too easy, increase to 60 seconds or reduce your recovery time.
I love over delivering :). It's just as important to improve your mobility as it is your strength. With that said, try this mobility drill at the end of your workout to keep your hips, lower back and chest nice and mobile. It's perfect for you if you've just sat on a plane for hours or slumped in a boardroom meeting all day. Here it is:
This drill can also be performed in the morning to help you start your day fresh and mobile. Aim for 3 x rounds of 30-45 seconds maintaining consistent, deep breaths.
Keeping in shape whilst travelling can be as easy or as complicated as you make it. These exercises are designed to help you get the most out of your body, with the limited time and space you have. Keep yourself accountable, be self disciplined and set yourself a goal of getting at least one workout a day whilst travelling. This hotel room workout can be done anytime, any where so next time you're stuck in a hotel room, give it a try. Don't forget to download your workout cheat sheet here.
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Article Written By Aidan D'Arcy - Personal Trainer Frenchs Forest