Three Exercises To Help Keep You Active During A Hotel Stay

3 November 2015
 Categories: Travel, Blog

If you're routinely active when you're at home, blending cardiovascular exercises such as jogging with a home-based strength-training workout, there's no reason to skip your workouts when you're away for business or for pleasure. Staying in a hotel presents you with a number of ways of keeping up on your workout. Your hotel's gym is a logical first choice, but if it's packed or closed by the time you're ready to break a sweat, you haven't any reason to worry. Instead, change into your workout clothes and get moving in your room. Here are three simple exercises that you can easily perform in your hotel room. It's ideal to aim for about 12 reps of each exercise; although your sets depend on your fitness level, aiming for two is appropriate.

Triceps Dips

Working your triceps -- the muscles on the backs of your upper arms -- is easy with a few sets of triceps dips. In this exercise, you sit on the edge of a sturdy surface such as the hotel room's bed or chair, grasp the edge of the structure, shift your weight forward and slowly bend your arms to allow your hips to dip toward the ground. Straightening your arms raises your body back to the original seated position. You can perform this exercise with your legs extended and your heels touching the floor or with them elevated on your room's ottoman. Beyond working your triceps, this exercise uses upper-body muscles in your shoulders and upper back. 

Sun Salutation

The sun salutation is a popular yoga pose that works your entire body. Additionally, it has very little impact, which means it won't create a disturbance for fellow hotel guests in adjacent rooms. Begin by standing in an upright position, then stretch your arms upward and then bend forward to pull your forehead as close to your knees as possible. Slowly step your feet back until you're in a plank position and then arch your back to open your chest. Complete the pose by pushing your buttocks into the air, walking your feet toward your hands and then returning to a standing position.


Squats are an effective body-weight exercise that targets your quads but also involve your hamstrings, calves and glutes. Stand upright, hold your arms away from your body and parallel with the floor and then bend at the waist and knees to lower your body toward the floor. Stop when your quads are roughly parallel with the floor and then return to the upright position. You can increase the resistance of the exercise by holding something heavy, such as a partially loaded suitcase or your laptop bag, in front of you.

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