How to Stay Fit While Travelling
It can be hard enough to stay motivated to exercise around this time of year with all of the food, fun and frivolities. Add in your travel plans and your fitness routine is likely to completely go out the window! Luckily, with a little bit of research and some planning, you can create an easy to follow plan to keep you fit and healthy no matter where you travel… so that shopping and souvenirs will be the only excess baggage you take home with you!
Research where you are staying and what facilities they have on site. Remember to take along running shoes and exercise clothing, or pack your swim goggles and squeeze in a few laps between meals and other activities.
Pack the right tools!
Obviously taking a set of dumbbells away with you is generally not an option, but there is plenty of light equipment that you can take away with you.
Your best option is a skipping rope – you burn the most calories per minute with skipping than any other cardio, and a skipping rope will barely take up any space in your suitcase.
Resistance bands are also a great option for exercising while on holidays – they are small, light and very versatile!
Don’t let the no gym-factor give you a mental leave pass from exercise. Think outside the box of your normal exercise routine. Try to remember exercises, stretches and routines that you do each week in a class or with your trainer and do these on your own.
Even if you don’t pack a single fitness tool, you can still get an awesome workout with simple bodyweight exercises. Just wake up half an hour before the family and do a few circuits. There are more bodyweight exercises than you think.
This chart from www.darebee.com provides a great snapshot of bodyweight exercises you could try.
And some great examples of how you can put them all together.
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Discover the area on foot or by bike
The best way to get a feel for the place you are staying is to discover it on foot or by bicycle. Pack some good walking shoes and see the sites! Ask the concierge for a map of the city to find out how many of your destinations are reachable by foot. Walking will increase your fitness and reduce the money spent on taxi fares!
Nature’s Playground and Man’s Monuments – the perfect gym!
There is no excuse for not finding places to exercise when every city has a great staircase, stadium or tall buildings where you can master the stairs.
If stairs aren’t your thing, embrace the surroundings. If you are on an island or beach holiday, head to the water for your workouts. In the countryside or even in a city that has amazing parks, head out and explore by hiking, running, walking, cycling or even look at horse riding for something more adventurous. Try surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, windsurfing or kite surfing to get some fresh air and wake up some muscles you may never have known you had!
Finally, listen to your body.
If you are tired, rest, relax and eat healthily to recharge and rejuvenate.
Remember that a holiday is your reward for the hard work you have put in throughout the year, and it is ok to have some down time and indulge every now and then. Find exercise while you are away that seamlessly fits into your day, creates a moment to switch off and helps you to explore your new environment.