Traveling: Simple Workouts to Stay Fit on the Road (cont.)
Hotels Warm Up to Fitness
The hotel fitness center with one squeaky exercise bike and rickety treadmill are so yesterday. Well, maybe not. Depends on where you are.
"I was just in Alice Springs, the only town of any size in central Australia, and the only gym consisted of one marginally usable stationary bike, some prehistoric weight machines, and a single dumbbell," says Schlosberg. "It pays to have a repertoire of exercises so that when you come across a situation like this, you can still create a decent workout."
Back in the U.S., there's a trend in the hospitality industry to upgrade fitness centers and pamper guests, says Lisa Ianucci, author of Healthy Travel, to be published in the spring.
Some hotels provide "fitness kits" for yoga, strength training, or Pilates. At Westin hotels, you can tune the TV to a yoga channel. "Some hotels, like Don Shula's Hotel in Florida, even have a fitness concierge who creates workshops and exercise classes for guests," says Ianucci.
Exercise in Your Room
In her book, Schlosberg presents some workouts you can do without any equipment in the space of a hotel room or guest bedroom. Here's an example:
Warm up. Start with five minutes of light cardio exercise (try walking or jogging in place) to warm muscles and prevent injury.
Cardio exercise. Schlosberg advises doing 30 minutes of cardio exercise, which can be broken up into 10-minute bursts. Use your jump rope, or try this sequence, which you can repeat or augment with jogging in place (or in the hallway) or strength exercises:
Strength training. When you can't get to the gym and don't have exercise tubes, do exercises that use your own body for resistance. And to save time, do multimuscle exercises, such as push-ups, which exercise your chest, triceps, and shoulders. A minimal workout would include: