Three Exercises To Keep You Active While Visiting A Hotel

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If you're the type of person who enjoys some form of daily exercise -- perhaps you jog each morning or hit the gym on your way home from work -- travelling can often pose a challenge to keeping up with this routine. Staying at a hotel (such as Canadas Best Value Inn) with a fitness centre and pool gives you access to multiple ways of keeping active, but if your schedule is such that you're not in the hotel when these facilities are open, it's time to get creative. It's possible to use your room and the area around it to keep active, provided you do so quietly so you're not disturbing other guests. Here are three exercises you can perform. 

Triceps Dips

Triceps dips are an ideal exercise to perform in your hotel room because they don't generate any impact that could disturb other guests. Additionally, all you'll need for this upper-body workout is a chair, ottoman or the edge of the bed. Sit on one of these stable pieces of furniture and place your hands on the edge at shoulder-width apart. Extend your legs so your feet are resting on your heels and then use your arms to lift your body off the edge of the furniture. By bending your arms, you'll lower your torso toward the ground; as you straighten your arms, you'll lift yourself back up. For muscle toning, perform this exercise 12 times.

Hallway Laps

If you'd rather not go for a walk outdoors due to the weather, the hallways of your hotel can serve as a valuable place to get some cardio exercise. Begin on the ground floor of the hotel and walk the length of the hall to the stairway at the end. Climb the stairs and walk the length of the second-floor hall to the stairs at the other end of the building. You can repeat this zig-zag pattern all the way up to the top floor, and then retrace your steps back to the ground floor. The stair climbing gives an added challenge and by walking, you won't be making enough noise to bother other guests.

Calf Raises

To perform calf raises, you just need access to a set of stairs. Stand with your toes on the edge of the bottom stair and hold the railing for support. Lower your heels so they're below your toes, and then engage your calves to raise your heels until you're standing on your tip-toes. Repeat the exercise 12 times. For convenience, you can include this exercise partway through your hallway lap exercise.