Having the motivation to exercise while traveling is challenging, but it is possible. The trick is not to overthink and go with the flow, and there are several ways you can stay fit and burn extra calories without going to the gym.
With that in mind, here are the best ways to stay fit while traveling.
Stay Active Along the Way
Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, it can force you to sit down for extended periods, which isn’t ideal for your health and fitness. That’s why it’s best if you try to stay active along the way. For instance, if you’re traveling to another country by plane and have extra time, walk around the airport terminal on foot rather than sitting at your gate. Doing this keeps your blood pumping and your energy levels high—while giving you a good sweat out session.
When traveling, it’s best if you skip the commute and go on foot. After all, traveling is all about exploring the destination, and you can’t do much when you’re trapped inside a moving vehicle. So, get out of there and explore the world with your own two feet. A quirky walking lane may catch your eyes, and before you know it, you’re in a gorgeous garden filled with stunning greenery and bright LED garden uplights. It’s a fun way to discover a new city through a local’s eyes—which is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy a new destination.
Unwind with Yoga
Although yoga has mistakenly been labeled to be ‘feminine,’ men can do the practice, too—and it’s a fantastic way of keeping fit while traveling. It can help you stay on track with your fitness goals and leave you feeling energized for the rest of the trip. You can do this by taking professional yoga classes at your destination or doing it in your hotel room before heading for your adventure for the day.
Take the Stairs Whenever You Can
Climbing stairs, no matter how many steps, is fantastic for your heart, and it can build up your strength. The best part is, you can either do it outdoors or indoors. It’s an efficient workout for cardio and strength. Whether you have a massive flight of stairs at your hotel or are visiting a famous monument with many stairs, take advantage of the moment and go up and down these steps as fast as you can. To get the best results possible, try to do it for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Go on a Hike
One of the best things you can do when traveling, especially in mountainous and forested areas in the world, like Asia or Europe, is hiking. It lets you explore the vast outdoors and bask in what nature has to offer, all the while helping you burn off some extra calories. Hiking provides travelers with breathtaking scenery and fresh air, allowing them to exercise without even knowing. Make sure to wear the right shoes and clothing to make the journey as comfortable and safe as possible.
There’s no denying that some places are just made for cycling, like Copenhagen in Amsterdam. So, when you get the chance, rent a bike and explore your surroundings. Some areas in the world let you rent a bike for a set period and enables you to go cycling between each historical town or bustling city in the location, allowing you to see the place through a local’s eyes while breaking a sweat. Just make sure you bring a map with you or use your phone’s GPS, wear a helmet, have a guide, and be safe on the road.
Join Local Activities
In particular regions like Asia, it’s common to see locals gathering in public spaces like parks to join in activities like dancing and playing sports. When you get the opportunity to join in, grab it, make the most out of the experience, have fun, and break a sweat. Locals are often welcoming and are usually passionate about their practice—and probably more than happy to share it with you.
In essence, no matter where you’re going in, once you have the chance to break a sweat with some locals, join in. Plus, it’s a fun way to meet new people.
Although traveling may be the time to take a break from your routine, don’t let that deter you from working out and staying fit. Luckily, with numerous ways to explore a new destination while burning some calories, such as the activities mentioned, you don’t need to sacrifice your health and fun in the process.