Spending a lot of time away from home comes with the challenge of staying motivated to keep fit whilst on the move. Being a self-confessed fitness junky, it’s imperative that I remain active, mainly to counteract the excessive consumption of delicious local cuisine from various countries. So here’s a few tips I’ve picked up along the way to keep up those fitness goals no matter where in the world I happen to be.
- Check out the nearest country parks and running tracks in the area. Not only can you make a regular morning run part of your daily ritual, it’s a great opportunity to take in the scenery and local surroundings whilst clearing your head, especially after a long flight.
- Set a walking goal based on an area of interest. Download the area map using an app such as Google Maps on your smartphone and calculate how easy it would be to walk to that particular tourist hot spot, or at least part of the way. Make sure you download the map of the area whilst you have access to Wi-Fi to avoid excessive data roaming charges, stick on your favourite walking shoes and go for it. Just make sure you build in plenty of time to get there and back. You won’t even notice all the walking you’re doing as you’ll be way too distracted by the local sights and sounds along the way. After all, the best way to really get to know a city is by foot!
- Look up local fitness classes you can join. Being a Zumba Fitness fanatic, I always try and find a class close to where I am staying via the Zumba.com website. It’s actually really fun participating in classes from other countries and it’s a great way of meeting interesting people from all around the globe.
- Evaluate the gym facilities available at your hotel and have a workout plan ready in advance. Set your alarm, grab your gear and break out a sweat before the breakfast buffet has been served.
No gym? No problem! Here’s a handy 30 minute workout you can do without the need for fancy equipment.
30 Minute Travel Workout
The following workout is one that I tend to use whilst I am away from home. It should only take around 30 minutes which leaves plenty of time for you to enjoy the rest of your day, guilt free!
- 15 minute jog on the treadmill or around the block
- 50 sit ups (2 sets of 25)
- 20 push ups (2 sets of 10)
- 50 leg raises on each leg (left and right)
- 50 squats (2 sets of 25)
- 1 minute of continuous jumping jacks
- 5 minutes of stretching or sun salutations
Handy Fitness Equipment to Pack
- Skipping rope
- Resistance band
- Yoga mat
- Microfibre travel towel
- Reusable water bottle
SCRUBYSNACKS TIP: Don’t forget to load up your iPod or smartphone with all of your favourite upbeat workout tunes before your trip. Also try to pack gym wear made out of a quick-dry fabrics rather than heavy cotton, so that you can wash them straight after your work out and they are guaranteed to be dry in time for the next morning.