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Hi Erin!

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! I too, have a difficult time keeping committed to working out when I travel. I tend to get insecure about stepping foot into a gym that I don't know in an unfamiliar city. I am not as nervous to workout at the hotel gym because I figure everyone else is out of their comfort zone with the strange equipment and unfamiliar layout. The nice thing about hotels is that the majority of them do offer a fitness center, so if you prepare your suitcase accordingly, you don't have the excuse not to exercise. Some hotels have pools and tossing in your swimsuit might be a great way to get in a few laps in the early morning. 

As a hotel GM in my previous career, I would see a lot of guests pack tennis shoes and take a quick jog around the property.  There's a lot of great sites to take in and stairs to elevate the cardio. So, you don't always have to use the fitness center to get your blood pumping.

When planning your trip, visit the city's Convention and Visitor Bureau's website and locate any parks nearby. Parks offer a great circuit training and you can't beat the fresh air. Depending on the landscape, you might even be near some great hiking trails or a lake that you can jog. If you are on a leisure trip, you could always rent a bike or some roller blades to keep fit while traveling. 

If you are short on time and still want to get in a few exercises, here are a few tips you can do right in the comfort of your own hotel room. Grab a towel in place of a mat and get in some reps-

PLANK JACKS: Plank jacks will warm you up quickly. Start in an upper plank or push up position. While holding the plank and maintaing a tight core, jump your legs apart and quickly back together. Do up to 25 repetitions.

RUNNING PLANKS: From upper plank position, alternating your knees towards your chest as if you were marching. Once you have a good marching pace, bring it up to a running pace. Wow! You will feel this one right away. Do up to 25 repetitions.

PLANK JACKS WITH A PUSH UP: From upper plank position, perform a plank jack and immediately follow it with a push up. This one will challenge you! Do up to 15 repetitions.

Erin, whatever you try to do, don't beat yourself up for not packing in a full workout that you'd normally do at home. Even simple sightseeing will burn calories.

Do you think some of these ideas will work for you?



September 15, 2014 - 12:46pm


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