Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you have to skip your strength-training routine. There are plenty of toning and tightening moves you can do in the comfort of your hotel. I love to work out in the privacy and comfort of my room, but don’t forget that most hotels have a fitness center with a few cardio machines and free weights, too.
Squats are another excellent lower-body move that can be completed while watching TV or brushing your teeth.
Here are my five favorite body weight moves:
This exercise builds strength in your legs and rear. I normally prefer the walking lunge, although it can be hard to squeeze in enough lunges in a small hotel room! Instead, I opt for completing my lunges one side at a time (for example, stepping forward with my right leg through ten repetitions before switching to my left), as I find it difficult to maintain proper form when alternating my legs. Also try side lunges, which work the outside of your legs.
Squats are another excellent lower-body move that can be completed while watching TV or brushing your teeth. To reduce the risk of injury, be sure to keep your feet shoulder-width apart and push your rear end out as you squat down in a controlled, slow manner. To make your squats even more challenging, hold your squat position for several seconds before returning to standing.
Traditional push-ups are a killer upper-body move, toning your arms, chest, and back. You can also try decline push-ups (with your feet on a chair or the bed), push-ups with your hands close together, and – for the truly brave – one-handed push-ups.
People love to hate burpees – for good reason. This total-body strengthening move also provides a killer cardio workout. To do a burpee, start in a standing position. Lower your body into a squat, placing your hands on the ground in front of you. Kick your feet back into push-up position, lower your chest to the ground to complete the push-up, and then bring your feet up next to your hands. As you stand up, jump into the air – and repeat.
Complete tricep dips with your hands on a chair or bed. This simple but effective move will tone your arms – while giving you a chance to recover from those killer burps.