We’ve listed five easy workouts you can do when travelling to stay active and keep muscle aches at bay.
Sticking to your workout regime while travelling might seem difficult; after all, being on holiday means you have the perfect excuse to stay away from the gym! However, if you’re looking to keep consistent and lose weight more effectively, you’re going to want to take some time to exercise and stretch those muscles out.
To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of five easy workouts you can do while on your trip. The best part? These simple moves take less than 10 minutes to complete, and can all be done in your hotel room without equipment. They’ll even help you beat common travel problems like achy joints and bloat.
Side leg lifts
Side leg lifts can be done while watching TV or Netflix on your hotel bed! This move targets the hips, lower back and works the hip flexors — perfect for releasing tension from long plane rides and walking.
- Lay on your side. Keep your back straight and extend your arms to support your head and neck.
- Start by lifting your leg as high as you comfortably can.
- Do 20 to 30 reps per side.
Spiderman plank crunch
For the Spiderman plank crunch, start out slow and work on getting the motion right. If an elbow plank position isn’t as stable for you, consider a traditional plank position. Much like a regular plank, this workout helps to tone your core muscles and obliques, great for when you’re trying to reduce bloat.
- Get in elbow plank position.
- Lift knee to touch elbow if possible, alternating between legs.
- Do 10 to 20 reps per side for 2 to 3 sets.
(Also read: 6 Plank Variations That Will Give You 6 Pack Abs)
Mountain climbers are the absolute best thing to do when you’re trying to get your heart rate up while simultaneously targeting the abdominal and arm muscles.
When doing mountain climbers, remember to focus on keeping your back straight and start slow. Once you’re comfortable, build up on the intensity by speeding up your movements.
- Get in push up position.
- Start by lifting your knee as close to chest as possible.
- Alternate sides.
- Do 15 reps for 2 to 3 sets.
Body weight tricep dips can help release tension from tight shoulder muscles while working out your biceps and triceps.
- Sit on the edge of a chair or bed. With your knuckles pointing towards you, grip the edge and support your body weight as you slide your bottom off the seat.
- Slowly bend your legs and hold your body weight for two seconds.
- Do 10 reps for 2 to 3 sets.
Lunges don’t just help to work the thigh, hip and lower back muscles; they give your glutes and hamstrings a good stretch too.
- Start by standing hip width apart. Step your right foot forward.
- Make sure that the knee you are bending does not go past your toes.
- Drive back up to a standing position with your bended knee.
- Do 10 reps per side for 2 to 3 sets.
(Also read: 10 Easy Ways to Stay in Shape While You Travel)