My Hotel Room Exercise Routine When I'm Traveling

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

When I start packing my suitcase, one of the things I think about is whether or not to pack my gym gear. Ideally, I don't want to skip out on my gym routine, but the gym tends to get ignored when I am traveling. One reason could be that the hotel I am staying at does not have a gym or the hotel charges a fee for using their gym facilities. I'm already paying a gym membership at home, so I really don't feel like paying a fee to borrow one for the day.


To help make me feel better about not making it to the gym, I do some simple exercises that can easily be done in my hotel room. With these exercises, I don't need any equipment and simply a little bit of space. 

1. GLUTES - Donkey Kicks

I always try to incorporate an exercise for my glutes. This is one area I constantly try to maintain or improve. If I can't find a yoga mat in my hotel, I use a towel as my mat instead. 

Begin to lift your leg, knee staying bent, foot staying flat, and hinging at the hip. Use your glute to press your foot directly toward the ceiling and squeeze at the top. Ensure that your back isn't sagging.

2. LEGS - Stationary Lunges & Calf Raises

I never miss out on my lower body exercises. I'm quite guilty of focusing more on my legs than my upper body. Doing lunges or calf raises don't require a ton of space, so if my hotel room has the clearance I'll fit them in. For calf raises I do three different types: regular, inner, and outer. 

Stationary Lunge-Stand tall with your feet hip-distance apart then take a large step forward with one foot. Then