How to Stay Fit When You’re Stuck in a Hotel

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It’s hard to stay fit when you’re on a vacation. You’re less likely to work out because you’re tempted to see the sights or enjoy the food. And that’s not a bad thing at all! But if you’re stuck in a hotel and you want to make the most out of your time working out, consider these tips:

How to Work Out in a Hotel Gym

If the hotel has its own gym, then you can simply drop by anytime it’s convenient for you to work out. If the gym is well-equipped, then choose the best fitness machines to tone the muscles. But if the gym is old and worn down, you’ll have to find creative ways to stay fit.

Mix Up Your Workout

Most hotel gyms have free weights, gym machines, and cardio tools. You can use all these for one dynamic workout. Start by warming up for at least 5 minutes. Stretch those muscles and prep the whole body for the workout. Then, increase your heart rate through cardio exercise. Do that by hopping on the elliptical or treadmill. After cardio, move on to weight training. You can use dumbbells or a kettlebell to work the arms. You can use the rest of the equipment to tone the legs, torso, and glutes. If none of the equipment are usable, perform freehand exercises instead (pushups, squats, lunges, plank, etc.)

Choose Overall Instead of Targeted Workout

In a real gym, you’ll have to perform targeted workouts to tone specific muscle groups. A hotel gym contains less gym equipment so the choices are very limited as far as exercises go. Instead of performing targeted workout, go for exercises that will tone the whole body. We recommend pushups, pull-ups and pull-downs, dumbbell rows, overhead presses, squats, lunges and treadmill or cycling.

How to Work Out When There’s No Hotel Gym

If say, the hotel is not equipped with its own gym, you can do cardio workout outside or workout inside your hotel room. If you want to work out outside, consider an hour long run or jog. Jogging and running will tone the legs while keeping the heart strong. After a good run, don’t use the elevator. Use the stairs instead. The incline boosts the resistance, giving the legs a real workout!

If you’re in your hotel room, do 10 to 20 reps of push-ups, squats, dips, lunges and corkscrew rotations. In between these exercises, rest for a few seconds. To increase the intensity, you can also incorporate 20 to 40 jumping jacks between sets.

Push-ups, squats, dips, lunges and corkscrew rotations are ideal exercises because they require no fancy gym equipment. All you need is your body weight to exercise. They tone the whole body while elevating the heart rate. We recommend doing four to six rounds of these exercises per session.

Finally, if the hotel does not have a gym and you can’t imagine working out alone in the hotel room, you can always check nearby places for a gym. Inquire about the rate per visit.

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