Staying fit while travelling is a common question amongst travellers, which is why I decided to put together this quick how to video and post. I get it, you’re on holiday, you’re relaxing and enjoying the local cuisines, you don’t want to worry about staying fit. However it’s a common worry, always there in the back of your mind and it will bother you when you return home not in perfect shape anymore. The way I see it there are three main ways to stay fit while travelling, and in this post I will explain each three.
1. Doing an actual workout.
This may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised to find that not many people do it. I agree that while you’re travelling locking yourself up in a gym for an hour or more isn’t ideal. You’re in a new city you’ve never seen before, or a cool tropical destination, and spending time inside a gym lifting weights isn’t a fun way to spend your holiday time. Which is why recently I’ve started exercising with the BodyBoss Fitness Guides. The video above was created in partnership with them. It’s a 12 week HIIT program, composed by three workouts a week, that you can do without any gear and anywhere you want. Perfect if you’re travelling! I’ve been doing them at the beach (see the example in the video!) which is great, because once you’re done you can jump in the sea and cool down!
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2. Do active activities.
If you’re in a beach or mountain destination, there are plenty of active activities that you can do, that will help you stay fit. For example I love all kinds of water sports, which is why beach destinations are my favourite. I love spending time doing things like surfing, scuba diving, sailing and any other activity I can do in water. You can have great experiences and meet new people this way too, other solo travellers that might be booking your same trip. Some of my favourite “workouts” were surfing in Bali, scuba diving in Thailand, and snorkelling with turtles in Gili Trawangan. Similarly in mountain destinations you can go skiing, hiking, snowboarding, there are plenty of options (hiking in Whistler was one of the highlights of my Canada trip)!
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3. Walk / cycle instead of taking cars or public transport
I always recommend this one, not just for staying fit, but also for seeing more while travelling. Think about it, if you’re visiting a city like London and you take the tube (that’s what Londoners call the underground) from one side of the city to the other, you miss all the beautiful city centre. Walking or cycling to your destination would allow you to see so much more of the city, all the while keeping you fit!
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What about you? How do you stay fit while travelling? Let me know in the comments below!
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