A healthy and active lifestyle doesn’t have to stop just because you’ve gone travelling; even if some of your friends and fellow travellers might think so. One sneaky trick is to work fitness based activities into your daily travel arrangements, meaning that you can be social and sporty all at the same time. Here are our top three must-do activities for the travelling fitness fanatic.
An absolute classic of any good time spent travelling. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you can get in a great cardio workout whilst exploring an amazing new area. What’s more, because trekking is a popular way to explore an area you’ll often find pre-arranged group treks leaving at various times of the day. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more confident you can grab a map of your local area and use it to do a bit of self-guided exploring.
Trekking is also a great social activity with plenty of time to chat, so you’ll have no trouble persuading anyone travelling with you to come along for company.
#2 Water Based Sports
If you’re lucky enough to be near a beach, river or lake then you’ve got a huge range of fun and exciting activities that you can use to keep fit during your travels. Options like kayaking and canoeing can be a great way to get in an upper body workout (especially for your back and shoulders) whilst activities like windsurfing can be an amazing challenge of balance, coordination and core stability.
Then again, if your budget’s a little tighter, or if you’re just feeling a bit less adventurous, then you can use the water to go for a swim. You can either keep your swim slow and steady to build some cardio endurance, or you can try some high-intensity sprints to challenge yourself in a completely different way.
If you’re especially lucky then you might even find somewhere that offers scuba diving sessions. You’ll be so busy exploring the underwater world that you won’t even notice how much fitness training you’ve done.
It might not be the first idea that comes to mind, but climbing is an amazing way to develop upper body strength, grip strength, balance and overall body awareness. What’s more, climbing areas or activity locations are much more common that you might think, especially if you’re travelling in a mountainous or even fairly hilly part of the world.
If you can find a local information centre then you should be able to find somewhere for an afternoon of climbing. Even better, bring some friends along and challenge each other to climb further and faster; just remember to wear a good harness!
Like trekking, cycling is a fun and social way to get fit when travelling. The only drawback is that you’ll have to find somewhere to rent bikes from (unless you’ve brought your own of course, in which case well done!) Once you’ve acquired a bike, though, you’re free to roam much further than if you’d gone on foot.
You can try cycling around the local area, to neighbouring towns or even out into the countryside or forest if you want to cover some serious distance. Make sure you don’t get lost, though!
#5 Local classes
If you’re looking for an awesome way to keep fit whilst soaking in the local culture, why not try to take part in some local classes. We’re thinking Muay Thai (kickboxing) in Thailand, Salsa dancing in Spain, Capoeira in Brazil or Tango in Argentina. Obviously, we’re not going to sit here and list every national activity, but you get the idea. Go and get involved with some local traditions and you can get fit whilst doing so.
Those are just a few simple ideas of activities that you can as part of your travels to keep yourself fit. Whether you choose to trek, cycle, swim, kayak, canoe, climb, dance or surf there’s bound to be something perfect for your fitness goals.