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Oct 1, 2007

Exercise Tip of the Week

There are some people who, through traveling constantly or by way of the sheer amount of time they have spent exercising or in the fitness industry; can create a fitness routine with no real equipment at all. Now some of you reading this may have no idea what all can be done to turn your hotel room into a provisional workout room if there are no other options.

Remember that working the largest muscle groups by way of compound movements is the most effective means of burning calories and building lean muscles. Some examples of these are: squats, push-ups, chin-ups. In a basic hotel room there is of course plenty of area for push-ups, and if you want to go a bit deeper in order to use more of the chest, shoulders and triceps you can use a couple of the hotel phone books and place one under each hand when doing push-ups. As long as your hotel room has walls (let us know if you find one that doesn't) you can find a place to do a wall squat. Simply place your back against the wall, keep your feet pointed straight ahead shoulder width apart, and with your heels about 18" from the wall. Take your body down until your thighs are almost parallel with the floor, and with your back, hips and head against the wall, hold the squat there. Performing chin-ups can be difficult here for a number of reasons. One reason being that most people cannot perform a chin-up with their own body weight, and the other reason being that neither the coat and hat rack that is bolted to the wall, nor the shower curtain rod are going to hold up for this (don't try this just to try and prove me wrong). So, for the back you can perform the superman (or superwoman) by lying down on your stomach as if skydiving with your arms straight out to the side and then lift your legs and upper body off of the floor but while looking down at the carpet (don't arch the back).


2 Comments:

  • Does anyone recommend a good body fat scale that is accurate? I saw a post on thedailyskinny.com that was comparing body fat scales to calipers and it said they weren't as accurate… is that true?

    By Blogger Jimmy Clark, at 2:01 AM  

  • Nice blog. Great tip for travelers. I think people should really take their health seriously. There are so many ways to stay fit, even when constantly traveling. I should know as I just came from an awesome fitness cruise and had the best time ever!

    By Blogger frances, at 2:52 AM  

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