It’s never easy to get a workout in when you are on the road travelling. Hotel chains like the Hilton have introduced cardio and yoga rooms where the workout equipment is right their in your room! However, not all of us can afford to have a private gym right inside of our hotel room.
Most hotel chains have a fitness center for guests, but sometimes it’s even hard to make time to get down to one for a workout. So when you are on the go and have limited time but still want to fire up your metabolism and get the blood pumping, the first thing you should do when you wake up is this 15 minute full body hotel room workout where you won’t need any equipment and just a little space.
1. Start by placing feet shoulder width apart and holding your arms out in front of you.
2. Proceed to squat down like you are going to sit in a chair. Your upper body will lean forward slightly and your hips will shift backwards while going down.
3. Remember to keep your knees from going out in front of your toes while squatting.
4. Repeat according to your required repetitions. If you want to make the exercise more challenging hold your arms at your sides or behind your head.
Single Leg Kickbacks
1. Start in a four point position with your hands and knees on the ground.
2. Proceed to kick your leg back and up until you reach full extension.
3. Squeeze your glute muscle while performing this movement.
4. Repeat with the other leg.
5. For a more advanced movement you can attach an ankle weight around your leg.
1. Lie face down on the floor with hands palm down, fingers pointing straight ahead, and aligned at the nipple line.
2. Place hands slightly wider than shoulder width, and feet should be at hip width with toes on floor.
3. Start position: Extend the elbows and raise the body off the floor.
4. Lower your entire body (legs, hips, trunk, and head) 4-8 inches from the floor.
5. Return to the start position by extending at the elbows and pushing the body up.
6. Remember to keep the head and trunk stabilized in a neutral position by isometrically contracting the abdominal and back muscles. Never fully lock out the elbows at the start position and avoid hyperextension of the low back.
Tricep Bench Dip
1. Start by placing your hands on a chair or edge of the bed and your feet are on the ground with your legs semi straight.
2. Proceed to bend your arms until they are bent to about 90 degrees.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat for the desired repetitions.
1. Start position: Lie back onto floor or bench with knees bent and hands behind head. Keep elbows back and out of sight. Head should be in a neutral position with a space between chin and chest.
2. Leading with the chin and chest towards the ceiling, contract the abdominal and raise shoulders off floor or bench.
3. Return to start position.
Remember to keep head and back in a neutral position. Hyperextension or flexion of either may cause injury.
Cobra on Floor
1. Start by lying on your stomach with your arms at your sides.
2. Slowly raise your shoulders up off the ground by contracting your low back.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat.
Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach