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How to Exercise in Your Hotel Room

by Peter Jaret  

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)
  • Push-ups
  • Heel raises
  • Crunches (the more back-friendly version of traditional sit-ups)
  • Lunges

See also: How to Exercise on a Plane and How to Exercise in the Car.