As I sit in Portugal enjoying a late sun holiday, overindulging in all things nice, I remind myself that there is nothing like hitting the gym to feel better, when I come back down to earth with a crash.
If you enjoy weights, how many times have you hit the hotel gym and realised it is too small to swing a cat; that there is only dated cardio equipment and maybe a blow-up Swiss ball if you're lucky; and, finally, the one piece of weights equipment is a multi-gym, which, if one person is using it, means the entire gym is full.
How frustrating... so, off I headed to my balcony to get a workout in. The thing is, it is still completely possible to get an all-over bodyweight workout, and all you need is your body.
There are many benefits to working out while abroad, including relieving jet lag. I've often found a workout the morning after you land is just the trick to get the body clock back to some sort of normality.
Become imaginative with your workouts, try a circuit on the beach, mixing it up with some intervals. The sand makes it much tougher. If you're on a winter break, clear a small space in your hotel room and put a small circuit together to get your heart rate up and your muscles fired up.
Look to do a mixture of compound exercises with core and abs. I start with a squat followed by push-up, then some abs work, followed by some plyometrics.
If you are into your weights, specifically look for a selection of free weights, an incline bench, a cable machine and a lat pulldown when booking your hotel so you don't end up disappointed.