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When I was visiting Boston, I was fortunate enough to have my hotel located next to a local park. Parks are great because they provide all the equipment equivalent to an elite gym! Here’s a workout I use and recommend if you’re planning on doing a short workout routine in the park:
If you’re at a beginner’s fitness level, you only need to complete this set once or twice. If you are at a moderate to advanced fitness level, 4-6 sets will do.
It’s easy to kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a pleasant morning run around the new destination you’re visiting. I like to use the MapMyRun app that helps set up a running route for me to follow. All I do is input how many miles I want to run, whether I want a point A to point B route or a “return to starting point” route, and if I want road, trail, or both. So simple!
It’s convenient to want to just take the elevator everywhere you go. Still, you’ll actually burn a lot of unnecessary calories by taking the stairs. By taking the stairs, you’re sneaking in some extra cardio and strength training, without setting up extra time out of your day for a workout! It’s a simple, easy way to stay fit while traveling.
The art of yoga is popular all over the world, so it’s rarely ever tricky to find a local gym, studio, or class that offers yoga. Yoga is also another workout that can be done right in the comfort of your hotel room. There are many apps, Youtube videos, and blogs that help curate a yoga workout designed just for you!
Hiking is a fantastic physical activity and keeps you fit while traveling. It not only provides us with breathtaking scenery, fresh air, and nature, but it also challenges the body. Especially when there are hills or even some rock climbing involved.
This kind of coincides with “taking the stairs” mentioned earlier. Although it may be convenient to just take a cab, walking gets you outside, gets your body moving, and helps keep you fit while traveling! If you’re feeling up to it, you can even sign up for a walking tour of the city you’re visiting!
Instead of just lounging on the beach all day, participate in some water sports to get the blood pumping. There are so many to choose from. From swimming, snorkeling, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, beach volleyball, etc., you’ll never be bored! Just get moving!
Many gyms offer day or week passes, and many discount codes can be found online. Don’t hesitate to shop around and see if there are any gyms near you. The best and probably most convenient way would be to just book a hotel that already provides a gym. I like to use Agoda for my hotel bookings because I can narrow down my search results to only hotels that have a gym included.
If your hotel doesn’t have a fitness room and there are no local gyms around, opt to do a workout right in your hotel room! Many exercises require ZERO equipment but still get your heart rate up! If you’re interested in the best travel-friendly workout equipment, check out my post, here.
Vacations are a great time to be adventurous and try new things. While on vacation, try out a new local activity that will challenge your strength and fitness. Depending on the activity, you might have to participate in a class, group tour, or even hire an instructor. But what’s the point of traveling if you’re not trying something new?!
Spend a night out on the town and go dancing. It’s fun, a great way to socialize and meet some of the locals, and you’ll burn a ton of calories by just shakin’ your booty!
If walking isn’t really your thing, or you want to cover more ground, renting a bike may be a better option for you. Many cities have bike rental companies that will allow you to purchase a bike by the hour or for a full day.
Participating in at least a handful of these activities will help keep you fit while traveling. Now, while staying physically active is extremely important, so is our diet. In fact, food is 80% of the battle. If you talk to any personal trainer, they will tell you that 80-90% of getting fit and staying fit is based on what you consume in your diet. And unfortunately for many of us, they are right. Read my guide to healthy eating while traveling, coming soon.
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