Are you someone that completely gives up on their workout and diet routines when you travel? While traveling is plenty of fun, maintaining a workout routine on-the-go is difficult. Being in a new environment presents its own set of challenges, and it’s hard to be motivated to workwhen I really just want to play.Since I order my ice cream by the “no topping left behind” motto though, fitness is a necessary evil, and just like I do at home, I’ve found ways to work out on my trips that I can actually enjoy and take in as part of my overall experience.
Here are my 5 favorite ways to sneak in a workout while traveling:
Running is my favorite approach to working out when I’m traveling, and I usually like to take a jog the first day I arrive somewhere new. After spending 12-24 hours rushing to make our flight time, floating through crowds at the airports, ensuring all our belongings have safely arrived, and searching for transportation to our hotel stay, taking a jog gives me time to clear my head and feel more grounded in my new environment. Plus, it’s great for cities and rural travel.
During my first visits to Barcelona and New York City, running was #1 on my agenda for my first mornings there. By jogging aimlessly through the streets, I gained a feel for the neighborhood and local markets. Larger cities (especially in Europe) tend to operate on a later schedule, so if you head out for a jog around 8 am, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find only moderate crowds. Alternatively, the scenic views will make a run through the countryside worth it if you’re visiting a less-trafficked area.