Most hotels that I stay in are luxury ones all over the world. I can arrive in a huge room with a gigantic TV, a Jacuzzi in the bathroom and a fruit basket. But all of that is not important to me. Sure it is a nice bonus, but I don’t spend that much time in my room. I am usually at meetings, and when I am there, I am either sleeping, making myself a healthy meal or exercising.
What is most important to me when it comes to the hotel, is their facilities. I don’t care about the fancy stuff; I just need somewhere to exercise. Many hotels I stay in have a gym, which is perfect for me. I can pop downstairs to the gym when I am free, even at night as most of the gyms are 24 hours. They are usually empty, and I can just pop my headphones in and get down to business. In hot countries, a gym is necessary because it is air conditioned as there is no way I am going out in 120-degree heat jogging.
If your hotel does not have a gym, try these simple hotel workouts.
If there isn’t a gym, it’s nice to have a running path that is close. Normally I can ask at the reception, or just go out and find my way. If there’s a large park close by it can be great for running, but I have to find enough time during the day.
I have found myself in some situations, in a place with nowhere to run and nowhere to exercise in the hotel, so I had to improvise, and try to exercise in my room. The rooms usually have enough space somewhere where I can stretch, lunge and even do yoga. I have even used objects like chairs and food items to do weights.
Another important thing I like to have at the hotel is a good grocery store. It should be near enough by that I can pop into anytime, as well as having at least some healthy choices. I always have granola with me for a quick healthy breakfast before I head to a meeting, so I have to buy milk. I prefer to buy skim milk as it is the healthiest, but this isn’t offered in some countries. If I can find low-fat yoghurt, I will buy that instead. Fruit and vegetables are almost always available, and they are great for quick lunches and snacks.
Lastly, a comfortable bed is also essential. I don’t get that much sleep as I am normally working late and up early, but the sleep I do get, I like to enjoy as sleep is important to stay healthy. I have had so many beds that are like sleeping on a rock, and others that have been lumpy like somebody stuffed a dead body in the middle of the mattress. I love when I find a bed that feels just right, and I can curl up after my crazy day of working and exercising, and fly away with the fairies for a few hours.