Keeping active while travelling should be fun and uncomplicated! Whether it’s for business or pleasure, break away from your normal routine and mix up your training. I’ve teamed up with Visa to bring you some of my tips to help you keep active when you’re overseas!
When travelling, sometimes the last thing you want to do is wake up early and pound the pavement, especially if you’re jet lagged, but exercising is the best way to stretch out fatigued muscles from flying and it also releases endorphines that fight jet lag!
Walk the town
One of the best ways to stay active when travelling is to walk the town, and there’s no better way to experience everything your destination has to offer. On my last trip to Thailand I think I walked more in the two weeks I was there than any other time in my life! I spent at least 4 hours each day exploring Bangkok, the beautiful islands and beaches by foot. It pays to ask an actual local (check with hotel staff even) about walking routes and sights that are within walking distance. Instead of taking a train, tuk tuk or taxi, investigate ways you can get to places by foot, you will experience a lot more by doing this. In May I stayed with my sister for a month in Sydney. We didn’t have a car and with no gyms nearby, we went for a big walk each morning. I was lucky enough to be staying close to the Blue Mountains so we scoped out what walks we could do there. The walks we took through the Blue Mountains were so breathtaking and something I wouldn’t have had a chance to see if we chose to go to the gym each day. For the best walking tracks through the Blue Mountains, visit the website.
Use the gym or download an app
Most hotels have a fitness centre in them. If you are used to going to the gym, book a hotel that has one. If you’ve booked one that doesn’t have one, make use of the space in your hotel room. Pack a skipping rope or a resistance band and make use of these. One app I love is Nike Training Club, this free app gives you 15-45 minute workouts that can be done almost anywhere. It allows you to target any body part through beginner, intermediate and advanced exercises. If you are more of a runner, download the app Map My Run, which does exactly that. You can choose how far you want to run and it’ll choose a running route for you which is perfect if you are in an unfamiliar area. The app also logs your pace, distance and calories.
Before any trip I always do some research into fitness classes, gyms or yoga centres I can attend, this includes nearby parks with running trails, or local gyms with day passes. When travelling to Bali in December I was fortunate enough to be staying in the middle of the beautiful jungle in Ubud. However, this also meant that getting around was restricted. Luckily I did my research and booked myself into some yoga classes at Yoga Barn, a well known yoga centre in Ubud. Taxis are very cheap in Bali so driving 45 minutes to my yoga class wasn’t too expensive and it was worth the trip.
I’m currently in South Africa and I made sure I scoped out the gyms that were close to where I am staying. It took me a week to overcome my jetlag and by that time I was itching to have a workout. I emailed Virgin Active Health Club before I came here to see if it was possible to workout at the gym without being a member. This gym offers 2 free passes and then casual rates each time after this. Their website allows you to enter your location details and then gives you a list of all their gyms close to you. After catching a super cheap Uber to the gym I was able to finally have a work out.
Rent a bike, kayak or surfboard and get a workout at the same time as having fun. Many big cities offer 2-4 hour bike tours, and many places also rent bikes out at a cheap price, this is a great way to sight see and get in a workout at the same time. In Thailand I hired a kayak for the day and kayaked around some of the small islands in Krabi. This is an experience I will never forget and it beats going on a crowded boat any day! Next month Julia and I are going to Hawaii and have booked ourselves in for surfing lessons. Even though we know this is going to be a challenge we know that it’s going to be a lot of fun and a great way to get in some exercise!
Staying fit on the road doesn’t have to be difficult at all, actually it can almost be more fun than exercising at home! What’s your favourite way to keep active while travelling?
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All opinions are my own! L x