Business travel doesn’t lend itself to being health conscious. Changes in routine and eating habits and lack of access to your normal fitness equipment can all have an impact. Even if you have time to hit the hotel gym, you may find that what you hoped would be there doesn’t match reality. Or, on the flipside, that you can’t get to your desired treadmill because they’re all occupied. One simple way to stay fit on the road and avoid some of these challenges is by working out right in your own hotel room.
Some hotels are trying to be more fitness focused—usually for a cost. At Westin hotels, you can book special WestinWORKOUT rooms that have exercise equipment in them. Sheraton has a gym-in-a-bag program where you can have a bag of fitness gear designed to be used in conjunction with an on-demand TV program. Similarly, Hyatt’s StayFit program lets you do in-room yoga with a mat.
If you’re staying at a hotel without an in-room fitness program or simply prefer your own equipment, here are a few things you can pack to make your time on the road a little more fit:
Lightweight and durable, resistance bands lend themselves to a variety of workouts in limited space. These adjustable bands allow you to tone your arms and chest without taking up too much valuable luggage space. They often have attachments that can be fastened to your hotel room door for extra resistance.
Taking a jump rope along on a business trip couldn’t be easier, and it can provide a great cardio and lower body workout. Just remember to clear enough space in your hotel room or head outside to use it.
Portable Kettlebell (With Water Bladder)
A portable kettlebell gives you the versatility of a traditional kettlebell in packable form. These sturdy devices can be easily filled with water for working out in your hotel room.
With just a few inches of material, pull-up handles can provide all you need for an upper body workout in your room. These fabric or plastic handles come with hooks that affix to the top of the door for easy use.
A yoga mat is a great tool for working out in the hotel room. Some mats are even designed to be folded rather than rolled, which can help with limited luggage space. If you don’t have room for a mat, you can opt for non-skid yoga socks and gloves, which provide traction to make doing certain yoga poses easier.
If your hotel has a pool, doing laps or water aerobics is a great way to get in your exercise. Bathing suits take up almost no room, and you don’t have to worry about them wrinkling.
Lightweight Running Shoes
Get outside! An extra pair of shoes can be a real luxury when you’re traveling by carry-on, but this can be one of your best bets. Most hotels have a running map, so pick one up from the hotel concierge and start exploring the area.
Collapsible Water Bottle
Don’t overlook proper hydration. Taking a collapsible water bottle is a win for you and the environment.
Frequent business travel doesn’t mean you need give up on your fitness goals. With a little bit of planning and some fitness gear in your carry-on, you’ll be able to squeeze workouts into even the busiest schedule.