There is no vacation from exercise, no business trip that should preempt your workout routine or hotel room that can't accommodate a few squats or push-ups each morning.

At least that's the view of A-list trainers, those keeping some of the world's most high-profile models and celebrities in top form.

"A towel is a make shift mat -- your body has no idea if you are at the Four Seasons or at a gym," says Andrea Orbeck, who is known in the industry as "the muscle whisperer" and whose client list reads like a Who's Who of tinseltown, including Julia Roberts, Gigi Hadid, Usher, Heidi Klum and Seal. "You have to emulate some of the same exercise movements you would do, regardless of where you are." 

There are a few particularly efficient and effective tools travelers can, or perhaps absolutely should, bring with them on the road to help stay in shape, reveals Orbeck. Key among them, a fitness band and a jump rope.

"When it comes to a jump rope, you can easily do it early in the morning, in the hotel hallway before everyone gets up if you're an early riser," continues the 18-year workout industry veteran.

Orbeck is one of a handful of elite celebrity trainers who shared tips and insights with us about maintaining a basic exercise routine while traveling, critical advice for today's increasingly harried, globetrotting business travelers.

Beverly Hills-based trainer Mike Donavanik -- whose clients include Rumer Willis, Jayson Blair and Jeremy Jordan -- and yoga guru Dashama both offered their insider tips for hotel room exercise routines.

Dashama in particular is known for having developed a yoga routine that can be done on a bed, making it ideal for practicing in a hotel room.

"I spend a lot of time in hotels," she says. "And because everyone has a bed, and loves to stay in bed, I'm always looking for ways to help my students to be able to do more yoga or workouts that they will actually stick with."



The bed yoga routine can be done in just five to ten minutes and can be as relaxing or as challenging as you decide.

For those trying to envision what exactly the routine involves, here's a tip - check out the video on FitFusion.com (the Netflix of the work out world, a website and mobile app that offers hundreds of streaming workout videos from celebrity trainers, instead of "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black.")

The FitFusion library has more than 125 hours of workouts including Pilates, yoga, prenatal, HIIT, boot camp and more, from a dizzying array of celebrity trainers including Orbeck, Dashama, Donavanik and Jillian Michaels, Billy Blanks, Tara Stiles and Cassey Ho.

What's most noteworthy about FitFusion though, is that with this mobile, video-streaming workout app, you've basically got a personal cadre of trainers who can be taken with you anywhere. And there are workouts on the app to fit any schedule - from 10-minute routines to 30-minute exercise routines, to an hour or more.

"I think nowadays, people are traveling more than ever, because travel is more accessible," continues Dashama. "And now you have all of these mobile devices that have WiFi, so with that in mind, you can really workout anywhere with the help of these videos."

Not to mention the fact that with all of this travel typically comes poor eating habits and inordinate amounts of time spent inactive on a plane. If travelers incorporate just a few exercise movements or good habits into a morning routine or right before bed, then at least they will have done something, Dashama stresses.

As for whether just five to ten-minutes of yoga done on your bed can have an impact, Dashama says that the length of the routine is not the key consideration.



"For anyone who questions whether short duration produces results, it absolutely can," she says. "It's more about consistency. The people I feel benefit the most, or who have reached out to me the most, are people with sleep disorders or back pains. Because a bed is a much more comfortable and accessible platform for their body when it comes to doing yoga. It is so much more comfortable then a mat, where you feel your bones hitting the floor."

The key bit of travel advice offered by Donavanik is to do the exercise routine first thing in the morning, before the day gets away from you.

"If you don't get your workout in right away, it's lost," he begins. "It's hard. It takes more will power and mental strength just to do it and get it out of the way. People make excuses. Whether they are the CEO of company or working at Subway, they find excuses to get around whatever tasks that need to get done."



Similar to Dashama and Orbeck, Donavanik stresses that just a short exercise routine, one involving as little as three to six different moves, is all that needs to be done. Calling it a mini-workout, perhaps 30-minutes long, Donavanik suggests jump squats, push-ups, planks and forward lunges - all of which work well in the confined space of a hotel room.


He also recommends setting a workout goal for your trip. If, for example, the trip is five days long, establish a goal of exercising on at least three of those days. In addition, travelers should pack gym clothes and sneakers with the intention of using them, Donavanik says.

Ultimately however, perhaps the best motivation to keep up those good exercise habits while traveling, (even if it means jumping rope in a hotel hallway or doing yoga on the hotel bed,) is the fear of forfeiting all the progress made prior to the trip.

"When people travel, they don't want the results or the gains they've already made, to be lost simply by taking a week or two weeks off," Donavanik says "Taking one week off can set you back weeks in terms of the headway and advances you've made. Especially if it's a more sedentary vacation. Most people want to get a workout in, so they don't loose what they've accomplished already."

In other words, get used to repeating this mantra - there is no such thing as a vacation from working out.

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