by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2008

IllustrationFinding time to exercise on the road is always a challenge, but always rewarding. The following in-room routines come from Jim Kaese, co-founder of the Athletic-Minded Traveler (, and can be used when your hotel’s facilities are lacking.

Desk-chair squats. Pull out the chair and squat onto the edge of the seat till your bottom touches it. Repeat 25 times. The key here is to move up and down very slowly -- count to five going down and coming back up.

Desk-chair incline pushups. Using a chair that does not have wheels, grab the two sides of the seat and stretch your feet and legs behind you so you’re facing down and your body is at a 45-degree angle, and do typical push-ups.

Bed sit-ups. Lying on your back with your feet over the side of the bed and with the edge of the mattress in the back of your knees, pull yourself up using your abdominal muscles. Repeat 20 times.

Faux jump rope. Just because you don’t have a rope doesn’t mean you can’t simulate the exercise. Find a high-energy music station on the radio or television, pretend you have a rope to jump over, and start hopping and twirling.