Traveling for business or pleasure can derail your normal exercise routine—but it doesn't have to. Check ahead of time to see if the hotel has a gym, as many do, and what equipment it offers. If there's no gym onsite—or you're not a gym-goer—don't sweat it. There are still plenty of ways to stay fit without leaving your hotel room:
A jump rope and exercise bands. The most portable exercise equipment around, jump ropes and exercise bands are lightweight, packable, and offer a good overall resistance and cardio workout.
Exercise videos. Bring along your favorite workout DVD and slip it into your laptop or your room's DVD player.
Calisthenics. Basic calisthenics are a great way to tone and strengthen muscles and get your heart rate up. Try:
- Jumping jacks
- Deep knee bends (squats)
- Heel raises
- Crunches (the more back-friendly version of traditional sit-ups)