Six ways to keep fit while travelling
Last year I spent three months travelling Europe with my partner. We ‘flashpacked’, which I consider backpacking with a little extra money. Yes we carried around 16-18kg of things in backpacks from place to place, however we only stayed in a few hostel dorm rooms. Instead we opted for private dorm rooms, Air BnB rooms, guest houses and cheaper hotels.
It was our first time travelling for an extended period of time (longer than our usual 10 day – two week holiday time, and we found it quite an adjustment not exercising 3-4 times a week like we were accustomed to. Instead we ate what we liked (within reason), enjoyed a beer or wine and we pretty much walked everywhere, and went for runs every now and then as well as visited a couple of CrossFit gyms.
Planning a long trip, or even a short stay? Here’s a few ways to keep fit and healthy while travelling:
1. A short Cardio / Body weights workout: Pack a skipping rope and complete a body weights circuit. A quick 20 minute workout can help keep off the extra kg and keep some kind of muscle mass in your body while travelling. Think of plyometric exercises and big movements. Some suggestions include: burpees, pushups, planks, sit ups, lunges, jumping lunges, squats and jumping squats…. the list goes on! Try The Bachelor, Sam Wood’s workout you can do anywhere for example.
Running in Kalymnos, Greece.
2. Run/Jog/Walk: If you must do one thing. It’s pack a pair of runners (trainers). The easiest thing you can do while on holidays is walk as much as you can! I couldn’t believe while travelling last year, (and thanks to my fit bit at the time) I was walking up to 20km each day! And that was easy – walking to and from attractions, cafe’s and public transport. Walking was honestly the best way to see the sights too! You can always opt to go for a quick run in the morning or evening also – on sunrise or sunset, you’ll get to see your holiday destination in a different light (and maybe snap a photo or two on your phone!
Aussie surfing pro, Sally Fitzgibbon’s swears by early morning runs while she’s travelling,
“As soon as I hop off the plane, I go running. Instead of just doing a 20-minute loop, try doing point A to point B, sort of like sight-seeing. Look around where you are, there is usually a park or a beach or sand dunes, so just do your traditional body weight circuit — burpees, jump up on the benches, push-ups, crunches. Have a three pronged attack — maybe a hotel gym for one session, an adventure run, and then a park session.”
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3. Try to be mindful – don’t overeat: One of the hardest things while travelling was deciding what to eat (for breakfast, lunch or dinner). The hardest one was probably choosing what gelato flavour to eat! However, while it is tempting to order an entree, a main and a desert for dinner – have a think how hungry you actually are, and what you feel like eating. Also take time to think about your activity levels for the day and what else you’ve eaten.
Just because you’re on holiday’s doesn’t mean you get to pig out all the time. You don’t have to eat everything on your plate, and you don’t necessarily have to try everything!
Salad and fresh seafood in Kalymnos, Greece.
4. Cycling/Walking Tours: One of the fun things I did while backpacking Europe was checking out cities using Sandemans New Europe ‘FREE’ walking tours. My partner and I did our first one in Paris, and tried to do them in most of the big cities we visited. It was a great way to get in some extra exercise, take photos and learn more about the city you’re visiting.
5. Bring a workout DVD/Yoga download/Fitness apps: Podcasts, Video’s or downloads or even apps are a great way to stay active while travelling. Meditation and Yoga are great to calm a stressed or busy mind after a busy day of sightseeing.
Surf lessons in Portugal.
6. Be adventurous! Rent a bike, kayak, or surfboard, or even Stand up Paddleboard (SUP). Many rental shops also offer lessons. Try something new while you’re on holidays, and burn a few calories while you’re at it.
What are your tips for staying healthy on holidays?