Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Traveling this Summer? Make the most of your hotel gym!
If summer travel has you staying in hotels throughout the next few months, there are ways to maintain your regular workout routine when you're away from home. Whether your hotel has a huge fancy gym or a small facility with just a few machines, Life Fitness outlines how to make the most of your hotel gym this summer.
Keep fitness in mind when booking: When it's possible, try to book a hotel that has a complete gym. You can give the concierge a call or go online to check out hotel gyms before you make a reservation. If you are traveling on vacation, some resort gyms come complete with a full range of exercise machines, weights and even classes.
Hotels with a robust gym: It's easier to keep your normal routine if your hotel gym is outfitted with familiar equipment. If you have access to a full gym, schedule your hotel workout like you schedule your meetings. Workouts that include quick intervals or high-intensity bursts of cardio can offer increased calorie burn for travelers who are tight on time or consuming more calories than usual.
Hotels with a minimalist gym: Use the equipment that is available to create the best workout possible. If your hotel gym is the size of a closet with a few old treadmills, make sure to bring your iPod for music or iPad for entertainment and use those tools to help you focus on your cardio movement rather than the machines.
If there are no weights available, use your body weight as resistance to complete intervals of lunges, squats, push-ups and planks.
Hotels with no gym: You can use your hotel room for all sorts of exercises - if you get creative, you'll be able to churn out a quality workout by doing jumping jacks, sit-ups, squats and tricep dips using a sturdy chair. Use a bath towel as a mat and do a few yoga poses next to your bed to stretch out.
Before you head out the door for your next hotel stay, make sure you pack workout-friendly clothing. When it comes to keeping fit while traveling, a little planning and creativity can go a long way.