It’s 3 a.m.: Do you know where your sneakers are? Perhaps you’ve woken up suddenly, jetlagged, with the idea that you should (but likely won’t) work out to pass the time. Or maybe a busy trip has left you with
just a 20-minute window to exercise — not quite enough
to squeeze in a trip to the gym. Fortunately, you still have
plenty of options for working out inside your hotel room.
Isometric exercises, body-weight training, yoga and even
cardio are a snap if you approach your “suite” session
with focus and a few key tips.
“When you sit on a plane, whether it’s for three or 13
hours, you need to do something good for yourself when
you get to your destination,” says Ashley Wheater, Artistic
Director of The Joffrey Ballet. “Taking the time to work
out the kinks of travel can be very beneficial, no matter
what time you arrive.” And when it comes to fitting in an
exercise session, “any time is better than none,” says fitness
expert and celebrity trainer Brice Hall. Even a few minutes
can coax stiff muscles into a more relaxed state. New York
City yoga instructor Leslie Lewis says, “If you are looking
to stretch out and feel better after a flight, you can do that
in eight minutes.” Just 15 to 20 minutes of light exercise can
raise the heart rate and burn calories.
Short workouts also help maintain your overall fitness
level, so you can seamlessly resume your routine back
home. Jackelyn Ho, a San Francisco – based trainer and
an editor at health hub Spright.com, points to the effects
of not working out while traveling as a top reason to fit in
mini-workouts. “If you’re not staying active, your cardio-
vascular power can diminish in about two weeks,” she
Working out while traveling is a
given for many, but did you know you can turn
your hotel room into an exercise studio?