Easy Ways to Stay in Shape While Travelling

Easy Ways to Stay in Shape While Travelling

It’s all too easy to let your regular exercise routine go out the window when you’re travelling, especially if you’re away for a long time. But routines are useful to have. They keep us grounded and they can be comforting when you’re miles away from home. In the case of exercise, staying in shape is good for your health and can also do wonders for your mood. Luckily, getting enough exercise when you travel is more straightforward than you might expect, even if you are like me, a gymaphobe. Here are some easy ways to stay in shape while travelling.

Walk around each new place

Walk Everywhere

The best way to get to know somewhere is simply to walk around — and since walking counts towards your daily exercise total, you’ll be able to tick off two different things at once. Use the time to people-watch and see how the locals like to live.

You could even join a walking tour, a number of cities offer free ones (just don’t forget to tip at the end). These are normally led by residents, so you get a proper insight into life outside the classic tourist spots, plus all the advice you need about the best things to see and do.

Go on adventure activities

Bike Tour

There are lots of different ways to admire the scenery when you travel. Cycling tours, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking and hiking trips are all great fun and will ensure you get that cardio in. You’ll be so busy enjoying yourself that you won’t even realise you’re exercising half the time.

Remember: Pack sunscreen and reapply it frequently if you’re spending a lot of time outside. Insurancewith also recommend bringing a hat, especially if you have a medical condition and/or are extra-sensitive to the sun.

Create an exercise routine you can do anywhere

Exercise

You’re going to be staying in all kinds of places and you might not always have access to a gym or any workout equipment. That doesn’t need to stop you though!

There are lots of simple exercises you can do with minimal space using your own bodyweight, including:

  • Star jumps
  • Squats
  • Press-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Lunges
  • Sit-ups
  • Plank Pose

Or why not check out some of the exercise routine vlogs available on YouTube? These can all be done in a hotel room, or outside if the weather is nice.

Don’t go out to eat for every meal

Cooking Dinner

It’s very tempting to try as much food as possible when you’re travelling — it’s fun sampling completely new cuisines. The cost can quickly add up when you’re on the road for a long time, so be sure to cook some of your own meals as well, if your accommodation has the facilities. 

Most hostels do have a kitchen you can use, while local markets and supermarkets are great places to shop for fresh produce like fruits, veggies, and grains.

Drink Responsibly

Beers, Stag Do

Most of us are more carefree when we’re away from home. However, not only can it be dangerous to get too intoxicated while you’re in a strange place, it can also be bad for your health and fitness.

Alcohol is made from sugar or starch, which means it has a lot of calories with no nutritional value. According to Drinkaware, your body can’t store alcohol, so it halts other processes (including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) in order to get rid of it.

We’re not saying you can’t have a drink if you want one, we love trying the local beers, but be mindful of your alcohol consumption if you want to stay in shape.

How do you like to stay in shape when you’re travelling? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Sep 1, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    We walk miles when we are away and tend to eat just brunch and dinner so actually come back fitter.

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      Sep 15, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      We are very much the same – we walk everywhere (and then compare our apps on our phones) to see who has walked the most steps/burned the most calories etc 🙈 and also when it comes to eating, we’re normally on two meals a day and NO snacks (which is the complete opposite to when we’re at home). 😊 Safe Travels 🙌🏼