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3 Quick Workouts Designed for Busy Travel Days

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Traveling is great and all, but LBH, fitting in a workout when you're jumping from plane to train or automobile—and eventually getting to your hotel—is no easy feat. (BTW, here are 6 healthy ways to pass the time while traveling.) Especially if you have an early morning flight, are dealing with delays, or just have something unexpected pop up in your schedule. Heck, by the time you get to your hotel, usually all you want to do is collapse on that ridiculously comfortable bed and sleep. (Feeling stressed? Try these meditation tips to get you through the busy holiday travel season.)

When that bed calls your name, though, do your best to resist. Fitting in a workout—even a quick, 20-minute session—can do wonders for your energy level. (Check out the best way to exercise for more energy.) Plus, hotels are getting healthier, and Hyatt Regency is here to prove it: They've partnered with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson for their It's Good Not to Be Home campaign to show travelers everywhere that you don't need to leave your hotel room to break a sweat. Peterson designed speedy workouts that help you burn serious calories before you head out for some sightseeing. 

There are three different workouts you can move through, depending on what you're interested in: a cardio-based workout, a strength-based routine, and a hybrid of the two. "Each of the movements is sequenced in a way that gives you what you need in both a strength and cardio aspect, and then you repeat depending on how much time you have," says Peterson of his design concept. He recommends repeating a circuit 4 or 5 times to clock around 40 to 45 minutes of sweat-time. Only have 20 minutes? Do only 2 or 3 repeats.

"I always tell people, do what you can, but always do something," says Peterson. (Want more tips from Peterson? Here's his take on the best way to lose love handles.)

Check out each of his workouts below. After the warm-up, work through the following moves in the order listed, then repeat the circuit to suit your schedule.

Strength-Based Workout

Warm-up: Movement drills (march in place, high knees, butt kicks, air squats); 10 minutes

  • Jump rope: 50 jumps
  • Bodyweight squat: 25 reps
  • Reverse crunch: 25 reps
  • Push-up: 20 reps (Take breaks as necessary, but get to 20)
  • Triceps dip: 15 reps (Use a chair or the bed)
  • Burpee: 5 reps
  • Dumbbell bent-over row: 12 reps
  • Dumbbell curl: 15 reps
  • Dumbbell raise: 15 reps (Lift arms to 9 and 3 on a clock)

Repeat circuit 4 times

Cardio-Intense Workout

Warm-up: March in place; 5 minutes
Perform the following moves for 1 minute each.

  • Run in place
  • Push-up
  • Jump rope
  • Squat
  • High knees
  • Plank
  • Standard crunch

Repeat circuit 5 times

Strength and Cardio Hybrid Workout

Warm-up: Movement drills; 5 minutes

  • Jumping jacks: 25 reps
  • March in place: 1 minute
  • Dumbbell deadlift: 10 reps
  • Jumping jacks: 25 reps
  • Dumbbell bent-over raises: 10 reps (Knees bent and butt down, lift arms to 9 and 3 on a clock)
  • Light jog in place: 1 minute
  • Lateral walk: 10 steps on each side (Hold 5- to 10-lb dumbbells overhead, walk laterally to one side, then laterally on opposite side)
  • Jumping jacks: 50 reps
  • Close-hands push-up: 10 reps
  • Wide-hands push-up: 10 reps
  • Jog in place: 1 minute
  • Superman: 10 reps

Repeat circuit 4 times

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