How to Stay Fit While Traveling? It’s that familiar whisper in our heads just before a trip.
For someone who’ll find any excuse not to go to the gym, I seem to have the best of intentions for holiday fitness. My running shoes are a regular fixture in my luggage and my skipping rope has a permanent spot in my carry-on zip pocket.
Granted, exercising while traveling sounds like a bit of a bore. I get it, I totally do, a vacation doesn’t really seem like a vacation if you’re still slugging it out on the treadmill, even if said treadmill is located on a peninsular above a white-sandy beach. But those of us who are constantly on the road, or who are leaving for an extended period, need to keep up some sort movement a couple of times a week for general health and wellbeing… especially when all we want to do is eat cheese and sip vino and just generally indulge – it is a holiday after all!
So I’ll let you in on a little secret, the key to holiday fitness is using your surroundings to stay motivated, no stuffy gyms and definitely no treadmills required! Want to know more? Here are 8 ways to stay fit while traveling that won’t bore your (sports) socks off!
- Invest in a foldable yoga mat specifically designed for travelling. I have one that is 0.1 inches thin and perfect for unraveling on a quiet beach or a secluded patch of grassland.
- Obviously you can skip the dumbbells, but there’s plenty of light equipment you can pack such as a skipping rope and resistance bands that will keep those croissants you consumed for lunch from going straight to your hips.
- Reuse those 1L water bottles you bought sightseeing as makeshift weights for your workout.
- Book a hotel room on a higher floor and always take the stairs!
- Try to exercise first thing in the morning. Those excuses you make throughout the day at home are magnified by 1000 when on holiday! Too many distractions!
- If you’re going on a beach vacation, pack your one-piece and some goggles and hit the resort pool for some laps first thing in the morning before the families arrive.
- One of my favorite things to do when traveling to a foreign city is going for a run in the streets moments after I settle into my hotel room. Not only does this stretch out my travel-weary muscles and release endorphins that fight jet lag, but it allows me to get my bearings in an unfamiliar city that I may need to navigate later on in my trip.
- Why not book an experiential holiday and kill two birds with one…trip? Try skiing in Europe, or surfing/yoga retreats in Bali, or learn to Scuba Dive in the Maldives. You’ll have loads of fun and your body will thank you for it!