Health Travel

8 ways to exercise when travelling

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It can be difficult sticking to a routine when you’re away from home, and exercise is no exception. But there are easy ways you can keep fit while travelling, if you find the time in your schedule.

Jog in the mornings

Go out before breakfast for a short jog. The fresh air will help you feel energised and ready for the day ahead. This can be a great way to explore the streets outside of your hotel or enjoy the scenery of your destination.

Mornings are better than evenings, as you’ll likely feel too lazy or tired by the end of the day to want to go out for a run.

Swim

Swimming is a brilliant exercise that works all of your key muscles. Open water swimming burns more calories than in the pool, so if you’re staying by the beach, then this is perfect for you. Before soaking in the sun on your lounger, challenge yourself to swim a few laps of the bay.

Make sure you research whether the seas are safe to swim in first, and check with any lifeguards any areas that are out-of-bounds.

Incorporate exercise into your itinerary

Just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Find out if you can hire a bike to explore the local area, or if there is a hiking trail nearby.

You might be able to try horse riding, windsurfing, rafting or canyoning. If nothing else, book a walking tour of the city.

Use an exercise app

Apps make it so easy to exercise on the move. There are loads of options for short workout routines that will only take up a few minutes of your day. You can pick which muscle-groups you want to target, and loads of apps are completely free to use.

Download one or two before you go away, and give them a go to see which ones you like. Try setting yourself short but regular workouts (30 Day Challenge and Seven are great options).

Create your own workout

If using your phone will be a problem, you can organise your own workout routine full of planks, squats, crunches, press-ups, mountain climbers and any other exercises that you don’t need any equipment for.

All you need is a large enough space to lie down and stretch out – manageable for even the smallest space in your hotel/hostel. Again, you’ll be most likely to stick to this if you do it first thing in the morning.

Count your steps

Don’t underestimate the power of walking. If you’re sightseeing on your feet, you’ll likely rack up a huge step-count by the end of the day. Wear a pedometer (or use your phone) to see exactly how far you’ve walked. You might be surprised with the outcome.

Or if you’re lazing around, try to go for a stroll. Count your steps each day, and challenge yourself to walk further the next.

Make use of hotel facilities

If you’re lucky enough to be staying in a hotel with a gym and a pool, use them. Think of it as a free membership that you’d usually have to pay for at home.

Wake up half an hour earlier than usual to hit the weights room, or go late in the evening when it’s quiet. Even if you can’t fit in your usual routine, a little is better than nothing

Don’t overthink things

You’re on holiday – let yourself relax. While exercise has incredible benefits, taking the pressure off also has its perks. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss the odd day. If you’ve taken the time to exercise your body, then you’re doing an amazing thing. Stay happy and healthy.

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