Often, people work extra hard to get themselves in tip-top shape for an upcoming holiday so that they can look great as they strut their stuff on the beach in bikini or speedo. However, all too often, those efforts in maintaining a trim waist and a healthy fitness level drop away the moment that the “fasten seatbelt” sign clicks off. Though keeping up with your exercise regime can be something of a struggle while abroad, it doesn’t have to be.
There are many heart-pumping activities that you can try while on holiday which don’t require extra special equipment or space. Indeed, walking, jogging or running around an unfamiliar city or town can be one of the best ways to see the sights, orientate yourself and keep a trim figure all at the same time. Moreover, many hotels – especially more upmarket chains – come equipped with state of the art gyms and swimming pools.
However, such a luxury is not necessary to ensure you get your daily exercise fix. There are a range of workouts that you can do in the comfort of your hotel room which will keep the calories down, the adrenalin up and your body toned and gorgeous. Here are just three possibilities for you to consider.
This express workout is designed to turn your hotel room into a private gym by using nothing but your own body weight and the bed. Using a combination of press-up exercises and step-ups onto the bed, the workout uses the natural springiness of the bed and gravity’s pull on your body weight to actually offer a more gruelling workout than that offered by a workbench or solid platform.
- Step-up onto the Bed with Right Foot
- Step-up onto the Bed with Left Foot
- Cross-body Press-up
- Jump onto Bed with Both Feet
- Rolling Plank
- Stationary Run onto Bed
Just a mere 30 seconds of each exercise, repeated three times, will take 12 minutes of your time, but leave you feeling thoroughly exhausted.
This custom-designed workout was dreamt up by founder of Nerd Fitness Steve Kamb and incorporates a warm-up and the workout into a mere 20 minutes. Instead of focusing on achieving a specific number of sets of each exercise, Steve recommends concentrating more on intensity, fulfilling as many sets of the four exercises as possible in a 15-minute window (five of those 20 are for the warm-up and warm-down).
- 20 Body Weight Squats
- 15 Incline Press-ups (using bed)
- 10 One-arm Luggage Pulls (using suitcase)
- 10 Reverse Crunches
The beauty of this routine is that it can be adapted to include more reps in each set as you progress. No jumping on the bed involved here, so less potential for upsetting your neighbours… but it’s sure to tire you out!
This routine can be performed by anyone, anywhere. It revolves around 10 exercises which are repeated for the prescribed number of reps, without pausing between. Once the circuit is complete, a brief rest period is allowed, before completing all 10 exercises a further one or two times, depending on the person.
- Split-squat to Cross-crunch
- Narrow Squat and V Raise
- Single Leg Run
- Dolphin Plank
- Dip and Leg Lift
- Press-up and Run
- Y-T-I Raise
- Side-plank Crunch
- Kneeling Swim
- Plie Pulse Extensions
Don’t use travel as an excuse
Rather than using travel as an escape from your fitness routine, you could actually incorporate exercise into your jetsetting plans when you select your destination. So the next time you get away from it all, make sure your waistline doesn’t get away from you. Keep fit abroad! For other tips on how to keep in shape before and during your trip, we’ve got you covered.