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I’m looking to shed quite a few kilos put on thanks to fine dining and a lazy life. Better late than never. It’s a big problem as so often you can’t be bothered to go the hotel’s gym, if they have one, or you arrive and it’s closed, or even being in different time zones wake up at 4 am.

I travel light as well so do not bring gym kit with me and feel self conscious when the room is full of toned figures in Lycra and I go in with a pair of shorts and a short sleeved shirt wearing a pair of timberlands. I’m sure many of you can sympathise with that.

So for your benefit, here is the Pirates keep fit regime for hotel rooms (or even your own home).

5 minute warm up. Moderate walking on the spot (watching the news)
5 minutes rapid walking on the spot
Legs and arms apart, standing about a metre (depending on your height) do 25 push ups against the wall
10 leg stretches each way
Lying on bed, pull knees into stomach 25 times
Arms outstretched, fists clenched, bring your arms in as if you’re trying to pull someone towards you and they are resisting. Then either gently release the pent up pressure or else let each arm out one after the other in a punching movement. 10 times.
10 minutes very rapid spot walking, slowing down in the final minute to a crawl.

I’ve been doing this a year and with some tweaks to what I eat and drink have lost 15 kgs so far.

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