For fitness enthusiasts who don’t feel human unless they exercise every day, travel doesn’t have to mean skipping workouts. There are plenty of ways to stay in shape and have lots of fun while gallivanting. Read these fitness tips for inspiration.
1. Hit the hotel gym
Select accommodation with top fitness facilities. The humble hotel gym has come a long way in recent years. Especially when staying in luxury hotels and resorts, guests can expect state-of-the-art gyms, swimming pools (hello rooftop infinity pool!) and sumptuous spas. Staying fit with such abundant workout options just a stone’s throw away from your hotel room should be no problem at all. Fit in a workout before breakfast so you don’t lose any of that precious sightseeing time.
2. Go hiking in the great outdoors
The perfect way to combine sightseeing with fitness if you’re in outdoorsy locations is to go hiking. So climb a mountain, trek through the rainforest and enjoy spectacular natural scenery…all while keeping fit. Hiking is a much better workout than running on the treadmill or even ground. The uneven terrain will work muscles you didn’t even know you had!
3. Water sports and beach activities
In between sunbathing and relaxing at the beach, you can swim in the sea, play volleyball, hire a pedal boat, go kayaking or take a surfing lesson to name just a few uber-fun travel workout ideas. Or does a magical sunset jog along the sand sound more tempting?
4. Mini yoga workouts in tight space
Quite often, busy itineraries don’t leave any room at all for the gym. If you have to compromise, there’s no need to forget the exercise altogether. Mini yoga workouts in your hotel room are easy to fit in. Even doing the tree pose while brushing your teeth or striking a few poses while reading your business notes ahead of a conference will help to keep your supple and energised.
5. Walk everywhere
Not only is walking such a great exercise, it’s also quite often the best way to see a destination. Iconic European cities such as Paris, Bruges and Edinburgh are all best navigated on foot. You’re guaranteed to come across interesting sights and hidden gems that you’d have otherwise missed.
6. Dance the night away!
Dancing is good for the soul and the physique – providing an incredible full-body workout along with burning lots of calories. From taking an Argentine tango class in Buenos Aires to hitting the samba clubs in Rio, if dance is an integral part of the culture in the destination you’re visiting then why not embrace this for your fitness regime?
7. Visit a health and fitness retreat
Whether you‘re seeking serenity at a luxury yoga retreat or want to sweat it out at a full-on boot camp, fitness-themed breaks are ideal for those needing motivation and a health boost. A lot of the time, there’s flexibility to combine daily classes with sightseeing so you can get the best of both worlds.
Do you enjoy working out on your travels? Share your travel fitness tips in the comments section below!