How to stay fit in your hotel room
Corporate fitness expert Sam Skelton exercising on Swiss ball

How to stay fit in your hotel room

Just because you’re travelling, doesn’t mean you need to give up on your fitness and wellbeing routine. Thanks to a partnership between Mandarin Oriental and global health and fitness platform Grokker, you can turn your hotel room into your very own wellness centre. Through a series of complementary videos, featuring world-class instructors, you can keep fit in mind and body. From meditation to Pilates, and general fitness to yoga, three in-room experts share their best advice for maintaining a healthy balance during your stay

Celest Pereira practising yoga

Yoga with Celest Pereira

Celest Pereira (pictured above) studied hatha yoga and vipassana meditation in India before pursuing a full-time career as a yoga teacher in London. Her videos on Grokker include a soothing bedtime yoga practice to encourage sleep – perfect for the jet-lagged. “Think of my classes as a chance to meditate while you work out. They’re also breath-focused, making them perfect for those who have to deal with stress.” If you’re tight for time, do squats: “These days almost everyone has a weak posterior, which translates into lower back and knee pain. People often complain about ‘getting old’, when really it’s just their glutes that are deconditioned.”
Celest’s top tip for staying energised:
“Drink more water. You can work out all day long and eat like an Olympian, but if you’re dehydrated you’ll feel terrible.”

Portrait of meditation coach, Mark Coleman

Meditation with Mark Coleman

“Meditation can help us stay grounded, calm and focused,” explains Mark Coleman (pictured above), a senior teacher at California’s Spirit Rock Meditation Centre. “Travelling can be a time when we have space away from our usual responsibilities, it’s a good opportunity to slow down and meditate.” Mark’s in-room sessions vary in length from five to 20 minutes, covering everything from mindfulness of breath to easing stress. The best time to meditate? “In the morning, when the mind and body are open and refreshed. And before bed – it helps to make a space between the activity of our day and the rest of sleep.”
Mark’s top tip for staying energised:
“Don’t do too much. Remember to take time to relax and turn your attention to what brings you genuine joy and wellbeing.”

Sam Skelton working out on a Swiss ball

Fitness with Sam Skelton

“A hotel room may seem like challenging spaces to get a workout in, but it’s completely doable,” advises Sam Skelton (pictured above), a corporate fitness expert whose specialties include weight loss, strength training and core conditioning. “The workouts in my videos are best performed indoors – and many of the exercises involve no equipment. My favourites when travelling are push-ups, squat hops, and mountain climbers in plank position. Additionally, if your room has a sturdy chair use it for tricep dips and high-knee step-ups (performed smoothly and quietly so as not to disturb the guest underneath you).” And don’t forget burpees. “They target every major muscle group in the body,” says Sam.
Sam’s top tip for staying energised:
“An hour before bed, do at least one set of push-ups and some light stretching. You’ll go to bed knowing you’ve taken care of yourself – it’s a good feeling.”

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