Traveling is one of the times in life when keeping up with fitness routines is most difficult. Between staying in hotels, being in strange cities without your normal walking routes, and being busy exploring, it’s difficult to find the time and motivation to exercise. Even if you do find time and motivation, it’s hard to exercise in a small space without bumping into things or annoying the people in the hotel room beneath yours. It may be difficult, but it is not impossible! Exercising while traveling requires a routine that is low-impact, quiet, and compact with no equipment required. We’ve put together a routine with classic, easy moves that should keep you limber and trim even on vacation without you having to think too hard.
Leg-Lift Crunches: Crunches are a classic, easy, and quiet exercise so of course we’re including them. But these have a bit of a twist. As you crunch up, also lift one leg toward your arms. Repeat with the other leg on your next crunch.
Lunges: Another classic! Step one leg out in front of you and sink down into a lunge, as low as is comfortable. Hold the lunge for a few seconds each time to get the most out of your lunges!
Squats: You knew this was coming! Sink into a squat, as low as is comfortable, arms held out in front of you palm-down, and hold the position for several seconds before allowing yourself to stand back up.
Plank Ups: Start in a forearm plank position with your elbows bent, forearms on the floor and your toes on the floor. Make sure your back is straight. Lift yourself up one arm at a time to a pushup position and then, one arm at a time, return to starting position.
Easy Burpees: Burpees, but not as miserable (and much quieter). Start standing straight up. For each rep, bend at the waist and knees to lower your hands to the ground, palms down. Starting with one leg and then the other, step backward so that you are laying on the ground in push-up position. Then bring your legs back up, one at a time, and stand.
Perform 15 reps of each exercise, giving yourself a 15 second rest between each.
Suggested # of Sets: 3