Keeping on top of your workout routine while you’re travelling can be tough. But there are no excuses, when all you need is your hotel room and the tips and tricks of Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador. Phillipa travels for 6 months of the year and has perfected the art of staying fit while on the road.
Phillipa Steele outlines her total body workout that won’t just keep you healthy and toned, but give you the energy to really get the most out of your trip.
Mountain Climbers – Great for: Abdominals and Cardio
Start in a push up position, making sure your body is in line and straight like a plank. Keep your hands stationary and bring one knee up towards the opposite elbow and back down again. This movement should be done in quick movements and will look like you are climbing a steep incline. This workout is full body, but focuses strongly on your core with some serious fat burning and cardio benefits.
- 8 x sets
- 20 seconds on
- 10 seconds off
Luggage Rows – Great for: Lats, Upper Back, and Traps
This is my creative take on the bent over row, but replacing bulky dumbbells with your luggage. Set up this exercise by propping your right knee up on the bed and lean over planting the right hand on the bed as well, but make sure to keep it straight. Grip your luggage firmly with your left hand, keeping a strong core, and straight back. Bring the luggage up to your chest and lower down in a controlled release. Try not to bend your back and if your luggage feels too heavy take out that beach wear that you’ll soon be wearing down at the pool to show off your toned body. Once you have finished, swap sides to work the other arm.
- 3 x sets each arm
- 15 x reps each arm
Push ups and Sit ups – Great for: Forearms and Abdominals
Situps and pushups form the core of my travel workout routine. These full body exercises will hit multiple muscle groups and workout everything from your upper body through to your core. Make sure your posture is correct with an even plank position when doing your pushups. Push up from the floor, keeping your hips stable, and release down slowly. Where sit ups are concerned, it’s important to keep your knees at a 90 degree angle and bring your torso up smoothly to maintain good form.
- 1 x yoga mat
- 3 x sets
- 20 x reps
Tricep Dips – Great for: Triceps
Feel the burn by setting yourself up by a chair or the edge of your bed. Plant your hands on the edge of the bed with your palms facing the floor and your fingers facing backwards. Slide forward slightly so you have space to lower your glutes to the floor. Keep your core strong and then raise yourself back to the starting position.
- 3 x sets
- 10 x reps
Standing Squats – Great for: Quads, Glutes and Hamstrings
Make some standing squats a part of your daily routine to keep everything tight and toned from your calves to your butt. Start with your feet at shoulder width distance and arms extended in front of your chest. You should lower into a squat, keeping your knees above your feet, and focus on squeezing your shoulder blades back slightly to maintain your form. Bring yourself back up slowly and feel the burn!
- 3 x sets
- 15 x reps
Travel shouldn’t be an excuse to forget about fitness. All you need is the furniture in your hotel room and your own body weight. My favourite time to exercise is as soon as I wake up in the morning so then I have the energy and the rest of the day to explore and enjoy what my new city has to offer.
**Phillipa Steele is a Fijian model working internationally and a Brand Ambassador for Fiji Airways. Phillipa is half Fijian and the other half is made up of Tongan, French, English and American and is based in Sigatoka, Fiji. For 6 months of the year Phillipa is travelling to New York, France and Switzerland where she models for some of the world’s top fashion brands. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram.