Siobhan Byrne: Working out away from home
Can't get to the gym while travelling for work or pleasure? Our fitness expert has the solution
If you travel a lot for work or pleasure, there is no reason why you can't keep up with your workouts just because you are on the go.
My go-to hotel workouts are ideal for when you simply can't get to the gym no matter where you are and they can all be done from the comfort of your own room.
I developed these workouts for clients who travel a lot and either can't get to a gym or, as I've found from my own experience, a lot of great hotels don't really spend the time, thought or money into putting a decent gym in, despite the fact that they may have great spas and other facilities.
I still find this really surprising, considering we are living in a fit era.
A decent gym is the one thing I look for when we are going away as personal trainers, as this is what we do for a living and being without a gym for us would be our idea of a nightmare.
However, just because you travel a lot or are on your family holidays should not mean you lose out even if the gym is lacking..
Bodyweight workouts can be a very effective way to keep the body ticking over. If you stop looking at training and working out as a chore, you will begin to realise that working out on holidays, or while working abroad, can have so many benefits and that will make you fall in love with training all over again.
When we work out we instantly feel more energised. Whether it's that sun holiday or the business trip that has you exhausted, you may find getting up before everyone else or making time before your evening out can really help to improve your energy levels and give you a great night's sleep.
Do each exercise 12 times before moving on to the next one. When you have completed each exercise, that is one set. Catch your breath before moving on to the next set, and do three to four sets, three to four times a week
1/ Start with your feet on the floor and two hands on the ground. Make sure your back is flat with your core engaged.
2/ Slowly bring one knee up to the chest and then return back to start position.
3/ Repeat with opposite leg, this will make one rep.
Curtsy Lunge and kick
1/ Start by standing upright with your feet hip-width apart.
2/ Step behind and across into a curtsy lowering your body down towards the ground.
3/ Push off the front foot back to the start position and then kick the leg straight out to the side. Complete all reps on one side first.
Side to side squat
1/ Start with your feet no more than hip-width apart, squat back and down.
2/ As you return to start position, take a step out to one side leaving the trailing leg where it is and squat again.
1/ Stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2/ Lower your body towards the floor, sending your hips back and down and bending your knees. Push through your heels to return to the start position, keeping your back flat throughout.
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