It’s easy to let yourself go when traveling. The disruption of your ordinary routine, the demands of business and tourist agendas, and the necessity and joy of dining out can do some serious damage to your lithe figure. Fortunately, most quality hotels offer visitors the tools you need to stay fit, and you don’t even have to step foot in the hotel gym.
Bed, Bath & Biceps
Most people find it hard to hop out of bed and jump into a workout in the morning. Make it easier for yourself by starting the day with this bed-centric bicep workout. If you aren’t a pushup dynamo, place your feet on the floor next to the bed and your hands on the mattress, and do as many pushups as you see fit. For more of a challenge, reverse your position, placing your feet on the bed and your palms on the ground.
Alternatively, if your hotel room has a bathtub, place your hands inside the basin and your feet on the lip of the tub, and do as many pushups as you can in 30 seconds.
It is a good practice to familiarize oneself with the fire exits on the floor of your hotel room, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Exit your room, double-checking that you have your room key, and do slow, deep lunges to the nearest exit.
If you feel like a rockstar when you arrive at the exit, run down a few flights of stairs and then run back up, before lunging back to your room.
Push your chair against a wall so that it won’t slide while you conduct your Spartan workout. Stand in front of the chair, leaving enough space that you don’t touch the chair when you squat down. Place your hands on the seat of the chair, and lower yourself until your arms are at a 90° angle. Raise yourself until you have straightened your arms again. Repeat 5 times.
Take a leaf from the book of those jacked guys who sling bags on the airport tarmac all day, and use your packed bag as a weight. The Suitcase Weight has the added advantage of being easily adjustable—you can just remove or add items until you achieve your desired weight.
Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart and your knees relaxed. If you have a large bag, grasp the sides with both hands, and straighten your arms. Bending your arms to a 90° angle, raise the bag to your chest slowly. Straightening your arms, lower your suitcase. Repeat the motion until you feel awesome. Nobody will ever give you crap for over-packing again.
Extremely Grownup Exercise for Mature Adults
You walk into your hotel room after a stressful day of being harassed by TSA agents, delayed, and crammed into a seat between two clinically stinky people. All you want to do is hop on the bed and jump. The anarchic satisfaction of jumping on the bed never goes away, and it’s actually good for you!
In lieu of jumping, jog in place. Your core has to work to keep you balanced, and your legs will feel like you just ran a mile in the sand.