10 Tips For Keeping Fit On Vacation

1. Keep Active Along the Way

Whether you’re travelling by car, train or plane, travelling can force you to sit for long periods, which isn’t good for your health. Make doing physical activity easy by always on your travel days by wearing your walking or running shoes.

If you’re travelling by plane and time permits or you encounter a delay, stroll through the airport terminal rather than sitting at the gate. When travelling by train walk through the cars occasionally. If you’re driving, take breaks to get out and stretch.If you know you’re going to have a long layover at an airport, check to see if the airport has a gym and pack your carry-on bag accordingly. Walk up the escalators, don’t stand. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Make it a goal to reach the recommended 10,000 steps each day.

2. Walk Everywhere

Skip the bus, train, or taxi and go by foot! To travel is to explore. You can’t do much of that if you’re trapped in a moving vehicle. Get out there and you’ll discover so much more on foot. A quirky lane might catch your eye, and before you know you it, you’ve found a super cute boutique or an amazing restaurant. You won’t get that in any travel guide!

3. Sightseeing run

Forget the segway or the hop on/hop off bus, get up and go for a morning run, you’ll see all the sights with fewer tourists around and you’ll be able to appreciate the view more.

4. Take your Workout to the Next Level

If you’re a bit more serious about your fitness and want to build up or maintain muscle, then you can’t go past getting this lightweight portable resistance band kit. It comes with a door anchor, exercise chart, carrying bag, ankle strap and starter guide. Woohoo!

5. Do Yoga

The benefits of practising Yoga are endless, but when it comes to travelling, it will leave you feeling energised. Not to mention that after all the walking you’ll be doing you’ll need a good stretch! You can find quick awesome routines all over youtube. Here is my favorite channel: Yoga With Adriene

Do a routine either in the morning to help revitalise your body, or at night to ensure a good night rest

6. Take the Stairs

Climbing stairs is great for the heart and building strength, you can either do this inside or outside.

Maybe you have stairs in your hotel or there’s a famous monument with loads of stairs. Set a time limit (15-20 min is recommended) and run up and down those bad boys as fast as you can!

For extra burn, do them in a “suicide” style. Head up the first flight, then back down, then back up to the second floor, and back down…working your way all the way to the top.

7. Check Out Local Parks and Trails

Ask the hotel staff about safe nearby routes for walking or running. Go and experience the great outdoors through the eyes of a local.

8. Go on a Walking tour

Take a free walking tour or do a self-guided tour, ranging from 1-5+ hours. This is a great way to build up your steps without thinking about it.

9. Go to the Beach or Do Watersports

For low impact exercise swimming laps is always an awesome full body workout. Running on the beach in the sand is a great cardio workout which you can make even harder by running through the water. The sinking sand and water resistance will create more intensity.

Try kayaking, it’s great for the core and upper body!

10. Be Prepared to Eat Healthy

We all get hungry, so plan your meals ahead. If you don’t, once your tummy starts grumbling and you’re feeling ravenous, there will be a very small chance that you’ll be able to resist the urge to eat something fatty. Your willpower will be thrown out the window.

Instead, carry multiple healthy snacks with you so you always have a healthy option on hand throughout the day. This will hold you over until your blood sugar levels return as well as your willpower!