No time for the gym? No sweat. Here’s how to work out during your stay.
Staying on track with your workout routine while traveling can be difficult. Between the time changes, small spaces, and busy schedules, it can seem almost impossible to squeeze in a sweat sesh. And although you might be able to get your steps in while sightseeing, sometimes that’s just not enough. To help you fit in some fitness during your next trip, here are some workout moves you can do in your hotel room.
1. Yoga Flow
In each room at the Park Terrace Hotel, you’ll find a yoga mat, so you can easily practice your poses anytime. Plus, you can access different yoga practices via the in-room Smart TV. Or stream a routine from online favorites like Yoga With Adriene or Jessamyn Stanley’s channel on YouTube.
2. Bodyweight Squats
A lot of exercises don’t require any equipment at all. For example, squats are simple and effective and you only need your body weight. To do them: Keep your chest open, and reach your hips back like you’re sitting in a chair. Then press the floor away and squeeze your glutes to power your hips forward and stand up. You’ll also find resistance bands in your Park Terrace Hotel room, which you can loop around your ankles to make this exercise more intense.
3. Incline Pushups
Paired with squats, pushups will help you hit most of the major muscle groups in your upper and lower body. To do a modified version: Place your hands at the edge of a chair or bed slightly wider than your shoulders, with legs extended behind you on the floor. Bend the elbows about 45 degrees from your body as you aim your chest to your fingertips. Once your chest is just above the chair or bed, press through your hands to push back up. This incline variation makes the exercise less taxing on your chest and shoulders, but you can do the move on the floor if you’re more advanced.
4. Suitcase Squat
Haven’t unpacked your suitcase yet? Use it for extra resistance. Hold it in one hand and reach your hips back like you’re sitting in a chair. Press the floor away from you and squeeze your glutes to power your hips forward and stand up. This move forces your core to remain stable as you resist leaning toward the side with the heavy suitcase.
5. Triceps Dips
Sit on the bed or chair with your hands at your sides, palms down, and fingertips facing forward. Press down with your palms to lift yourself up, keeping your legs extended with your heels on the ground. Lower yourself down until your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle. Push down with your hands and lift yourself back up until your arms are straight.
6. Dolphin Plank
Begin in a modified plank position on your forearms, hands clasped together. Tighten your abs and press down through your shoulders and arms as you lift your hips to the ceiling and your chest back towards your feet (similar to the downward-facing dog pose in yoga). Keep your abs tight as you lower back into your plank position.
7. Dip and Leg Lift
Sit with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Place your hands behind your hips with your fingertips facing forward. Use your glutes to lift your hips off the floor. Extend your right leg out straight, squeezing your inner thighs together so that your knees stay together. Bend your elbows to lower your hips just above the ground, and lift your right leg into your chest (keeping it as straight as you can). Press back up to the starting position.
8. Side Plank Crunch
Lie on your right side with your knees straight, and feet stacked. Prop your upper body up on your right elbow and forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders, and place your left hand behind your head. Slowly lower your right hip to the floor as you rotate your left elbow down to your right hand. Lightly tap your right hip on the floor and then lift back up as you open your elbow up and return to your starting position. Remember to do it on the left side too.