I remember a time when I was in the Himalayas in India, in a rural village, and I couldn’t leave the building I was in, so I paced the balcony and climbed the stairs. I’ve been told I look like a caged tiger on more than one occasion, but that was the time I felt like I was in a cage. At the time, my exercise routine was mainly walking, running, or biking. I didn’t know about hotel room workouts and I felt stuck. In fact, it was the same trip I got in trouble for swimming (fully clothed) in a holy river. You see, I felt totally trapped.
But fortunately between YouTube, apps, and the abundance of exercise options, you don’t ever have to feel trapped like I did. Since then I’ve tried many different types of workouts and here are my favorites, as well as a few of the more desperate solutions.
Fitness Blender on YouTube
This is my first choice because it is free and they have an incredible variety of workouts, including many without any equipment necessary. I like “Can You HIIT Like a Girl” and have even got my parents doing it now! Here is the full list of workout of Fitness Blender: https://www.fitnessblender.com/workouts-programs
Jillian Michael app
I love that the workouts are only 26 minutes with warm-up and cool-down. Who wants to spend all day working out in a hotel room? This one costs, but I’ve noticed she always has the best sale around Mother’s Day in May. If you can hold off that long, you can get a year subscription for under $60. Otherwise, it is about $10 a month. I figure it is less than a gym membership and a small price to pay for readily available workouts.
You can get HIIT and other routines from a variety of sources including the magazines (and their websites) of Shape and Women’s Health. There are of course also fitness bloggers with custom routines and Alexia Clark on Instagram has some inspiring moves.
Or you can get back to basics and just do the following: 30 seconds each of squats, lunges, planks, chair dips, jumping jacks and squat jumps. Keep rotating through with as little rest as possible for 20 minutes.
Stair (or chair) stepping
In moments of desperation, I’ve been known to find a sturdy chair and set it up in front of a TV show or movie on my computer. I just step up and down, alternating stepping legs, at a steady pace for 20-40 minutes. This is a great cardio workout and also a good excuse to get in a little TV time.
I love Pilates for the core strength and spine lengthening effect, although I don’t do them nearly as often as possible. Windsor Pilates has a 20-minute workout on YouTube, and you can also find a variety of other Pilates workouts online.
I love this 10-minute Ab workout for how simple and effective it is. If I’m on my feet a lot or don’t have time for a full workout, this is a great solution.
10-minute HIIT workout
For a little variety and another intense workout, I like this 10 minute HIIT workout from PopSugar. The exercises and different and creative, so it’s a lot of fun for something different. But don’t be fooled by it “only” being 10 minutes – you will feel it!
The best workout is one you can stick to
Remember that it doesn’t matter whether you can only fit in 10 minutes or an hour. The best workout is one you enjoy and can keep up on a regular basis. I hope you try someone of these workouts. Let me know what you think, and what your favorite hotel room workouts are!
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