Spring is the time for vacations. Whether you are traveling close to home or far away, it is important to stick with your exercise program. Although many hotels offer fitness centers, the equipment may be limited or not in the best shape. With exercise tubing and bodyweight exercises, you can get a great strength workout in the privacy of your hotel room.
Exercise tubing is my equipment of choice when I travel. Tubing is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to pack in a suitcase. Tubing can be purchased at any department store or sporting goods store and comes in a variety of resistance levels, from light resistance to extra heavy. The color of the tubing indicates the level of resistance. Be aware that different manufacturers use different colors, so look for the resistance level. The resistance level is indicated on the package. Beginners should start with the light resistance tube.
An example of a total body workout using the tubing and bodyweight exercises would be as follows:
For the back muscles, use the tubing to perform a Bent-Over Row.
Move to the chest with Push-Ups or Wall Push-Ups.
Next, work the shoulders with an Overhead Shoulder Press using the tubing.
Follow up with a Bicep Curl, then a Tricep Extension with the tubing.
For the legs, perform squats without the tubing, or place the tubing under the feet for additional resistance.
Finish up with crunches or planks for the abdominals.
If cardiovascular equipment is not available at the hotel or you are not comfortable going for a walk or run outside the hotel, get the heart rate up by performing jumping jacks or jogging in place.