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Travelling can be an excuse to eat badly and fall out of your fitness routine. Whether you are on the road for business or pleasure, it's easy to return home packing a few extra pounds, as well as your suitcase. If your hotel has a fitness center, you probably have a choice of treadmills, elliptical machines or even a pool. But if the gym is packed, or your hotel doesn't offer this amenity, it's time to be creative. These simple tips can help you stay in shape while on the road and ensure that you return home without flight flab or travel tummy.
Bring Your Workout
Even if your hotel doesn't have a gym, you can stay limber and get a cardio workout by packing a couple simple items that won't weigh down your suitcase. Invest in a couple plastic resistance bands and a lightweight jump rope. These items can be stuffed inside a shoe and won't take up an inch more space. Use the bands on the floor, attach them to a doorknob, or stretch them over a door for a variety of stretching and resistance exercises. If your room can't accommodate a jump rope, take it out to the hotel parking lot.
Take the Stairs
You may have seen this advice before and it holds true while you are on the road. Climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator will burn off those buffet breakfasts, provide some valuable cardio and work your quads and glute areas. Any time you leave your room to go to another floor, take the stairs. It's a simple choice. You can ride with the elevator music or make your heart happy.
Walk the Halls
If it's too cold to go for a run, and the hotel treadmills are booked, explore your hotel top to bottom. Start at one end of the building and speed walk the length of the structure. Take the stairs to the second floor and speed walk that hallway. Repeat until you reach the top floor and then work your way down again. Who knows? You may meet someone interesting along the way.
Use the Furniture
If your room has a desk chair, use it as a ballet barré to stabilize yourself for leg lifts, plies and relevés. To tighten your triceps, stand as if you planned to sit on the seat of the chair. Step a foot away from the seat. Squat with your knees at a 90-degree angle and use your arms to lower yourself up and down from the seat.
Check Your TV
Some hotels have fitness channels that feature workouts in yoga, Pilates or aerobics. This can be a perfect time to explore a new way to exercise. Pick your favorite routine or try something new. Take it at your own pace if you are trying a workout for the first time.