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When I’m at home, it’s a lot simpler to keep up with my regular workout routine. I drive to my local gym where I can hit the treadmill, lift some weights, or attend a class. The gym is there in the morning, afternoon, and night. No matter if it’s snowing or raining outdoors, I can maintain a regular workout.
However, I’m also a travel blogger and frequent traveler. This means that I’m away from home and on trips at least three to four months in total out of the year. How do I exercise while traveling? Here are some healthy travel tips to ensure you stay active on prolonged trips away from home.
Seek Outdoorsy Destinations
It’s easiest to plan outdoor adventures to exercise while traveling because you’re seeing the world and having a great time. It’s as though you’re working out without even realizing it. I am certain that you can travel to most places in the world and find some sort of activity in the great outdoors to enjoy. Here are a few of my personal recommendations.
There are natural wonders to explore at every turn in Iceland. Embark on unique adventures such as ice climbing, snorkeling between tectonic plates, or kayaking around the fjords. When we traveled around Iceland for 2 weeks, we were relatively inactive on lengthy driving trips, but made up for it with exciting outdoor explorations.
There are tons of thrilling tours in India that will allow you to stay fit while traveling. Have you ever wanted to go on a hiking trip to the Indian Himalaya? You can also go white water rafting in Ladakh and ride your bike on Asia’s first cycling highway, the Agra-Etawah Cycle Highway. Exploring all of those palaces and forts on your own two feet also counts as exercise while traveling.
I’m so pleased to include my own home country of Canada on this list. There are so many outdoor adventures in Canada because we have such vast landscapes and incredible natural scenery to discover. While at home, I have the goal to eventually hike the entire Bruce Trail, a 900km hiking trail that spans southern Ontario. There are also endless opportunities for cycling, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, paddleboarding, and swimming. And then there are all of the winter sports: snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. We embrace all four seasons here in Canada, so dress appropriately and explore the outdoors!
Book Active Travel Tours and Trips
This one probably tops my healthy travel tips for staying fit overseas – book an entire trip around a sport or activity that gets you on your feet. For instance, you could decide to walk the entire Camino de Santiago in Spain or Pacific Crest Trail, just like Cheryl Strayed in Wild. How about a Cuba dance holiday to get you moving? Experience a new country through the art of dance, whether you’re mastering your salsa moves in Havana or Varadero. If yoga is more your style, you can book a yoga holiday or retreat in many destinations worldwide.
Exercise While Traveling: Walk Everywhere
Walking everywhere you go, especially when you’re wandering around cities, is a great way to exercise without even realizing it. As your marveling at the sights and sounds of the city, you’re racking up the steps. I don’t leave home without my Fitbit, so it’s easy to track my progress. Your Fitbit tracker can track the amount of stairs you’ve climbed (particularly helpful when climbing winding staircases at the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Florence’s Duomo), track the amount of hours that you sleep, and even lead you through guided relaxation exercises after a long day.
Book Accommodations with a Gym
It makes sense to seek hotels with fitness centres if you’d like to exercise while traveling. Many hotel gyms open from early in the morning until late at night, and some are open for 24 hours. Many hotels also have swimming pools, and that’s a great way to squeeze in some exercise. If you like to work out at a gym back home and crave that kind of exercise, you can work up a sweat at the hotel gym.
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Formulate Your Own Indoor Workout
There are many websites and instructional videos online showing you how to properly workout, even without any equipment. Take a look at popular websites like BodyBuilding.com for workout plans that you can do at local parks or even from inside your hotel room. There are lightweight and portable fitness bands to provide extra resistance that easily fit inside your suitcase or backpack. Weight lifting not your thing? Try YogaDownload.com for unlimited access to yoga classes that you can watch from your laptop or smartphone no matter where you are in the world.
Find Local Personal Trainers
I stumbled upon a really interesting service called Find Your Trainer. No matter where you’re located (perfect for travelers!), you can search for a nearby personal trainer that fits the criteria you’re looking for: your goals, personality, lifestyle, and body. You can train anywhere with your local personal trainer, whether it’s where you’re staying, at a nearby gym, or even outdoors. They’ll bring the equipment you need for a workout. It’s easy, trusted, and affordable. I personally haven’t used this service on the road yet, so you’ll have to let me know what you think if you give it a shot.
Hopefully you can use one or several of these healthy travel tips to exercise while traveling. You don’t want to sacrifice your health when seeing the world. And who knows, maybe your travels will help you find your new favorite activity or help you achieve your fitness goals.