The more I travel, the more I realise two things.
1- there’s no place like home.
2- there’s no excuse to stop training while you travel.
With the rise of the fitness culture, remaining fit, active and healthy while travelling has never been easier.
Leaving aside the fact that if you struggle with public transport like me, you are probably going to end up walking 20+km daily, there are plenty of ways to break a sweat while you are away.
—>Drop in to a local gym: send them an email, message their instagram or chat to them on facebook to let them know you are coming through and they will 9 times out of 10 be more than happy to accomodate you.
As a gym owner, I know I love it when people drop in from out of town and get to experience a different training environment and meet some locals, plus it is a great way to get some tips on places to eat and sights to see.
—>Hit up a workout in your hotel/hostel or air bnb. How much luggage space does a skipping rope and a resistance band take up?
You can get very creative with bodyweight workouts, and make them hurt just as much as you want them to, heres one for free. (AMAZING-FREE CONTENT, who is this legend?)
20 minute every minute on the minute:
10 push ups
15 air squats
30 double unders/single skips.
Scale as needed to ensure 10 seconds rest each minute.
—>Go for a run/walk/hire a bike! Who said all exercise had to be high intensity?
You are on holiday so get outside the gym and hotel room and use that fitness you already earned back home.
What better way to take in the sights of a new city than by running through the streets early in the morning before the crowds arrive, or enjoying a sunny day through the hills or waterfront on your bike?
Lastly, cut yourself some slack!
You exercise regularly at home and I bet you don’t find yourself doing much work on your holiday do you?
So if you need a break from work you may well need a break from exercise also, let your body relax and recover by only doing what you feel like, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to do X amount of exercise every day.
It’s pretty simple.
Enjoy the local cuisine without over indulging, try to incorporate some active activities on your itinerary (say that 3 times fast), and get out there!