7 Ways To Stay In Shape While Travelling

7 Ways To Stay In Shape While Travelling
Isabel
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We get it – staying in shape whilst travelling can be difficult. Fear not, as there are many tried and tested ways for you to stay fit whilst holidaying. Here are just seven tips to keep you motivated throughout your trip.

Bring some equipment

Iowa City, IA
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Believe it or not, there’s some really handy equipment to bring travelling with you that won’t take up much room in your case. A skipping rope, for example, can potentially provide one of the best cardio workouts out there..

A rope isn’t the only thing you can bring along with you either – consider a yoga mat that is easily transportable. This way you can unwind in the best natural setting you can possibly find in your destination.

Have a swim

Liquid Avalanche
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Another effective exercise you can potentially do whilst travelling is swimming. Acting as both a strength and resistance exercise, you’ll be using muscles that otherwise go underworked in many other workouts.

Whether it be in the sea or a pool, a few bursts of swimming is incredibly beneficial – and not as strenuous as many other exercises. Take ten minutes out of your day and your body will thank you for it.

Go hiking

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It’s popular with travellers around the world, so there’s no reason not to try a spot of hiking. Acting in the same way as a run, hiking gives your body an extra challenge due to the potentially diverse terrain you’ll be walking upon.

So long as you’ve got the right footwear, don’t hesitate to go and explore. Challenge yourself to the more mountainous and hilly terrain and you’ll be burning excess body fat as well as toning your legs.

Watch your diet

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One of the biggest problems travellers face in trying to stay in shape is their diet. Sure – feel free to indulge in some local delicacies every once in awhile, but don’t make it a regular occurrence.

This blog details how 44% of travellers say they fall into bad habits whilst on holiday, so try to avoid any massive changes to your diet. Drink plenty of water and cut back on the fatty, sugary foods on offer – but not completely. You have to treat yourself at least once!

Use a bike to get around

Go Green Go Cycling for the Environment!
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If you’re wondering what the best mode of transport is whilst travelling, hop on a bike. It’s quicker than walking and burns more body fat, working your legs much harder than a casual stroll would.

Biking is also good for saving money. Although many modes of public transport won’t set you back much, quicker methods of getting from A to B such as taxis are renowned for their extortionate prices in some areas of the world.

The terrain is your gym

7 ways to stay in shape while travelling | the terrain is your gym
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If you don’t have any equipment but want to keep exercising, utilise your surroundings in a well-rounded workout. We recommend using anything available around you, such as sturdy tree branches, bus stops and even desks and tables for an effective workout, both for strength and resistance training.

And, as previously mentioned, use the sea and the natural terrain for easy and quick workouts. You don’t need any equipment to keep fit.

Stay active wherever you are

Regardless of where you are in the world, make sure you’re continuously staying active. Whether it’s simple press-ups when you get out of bed or a spot of yoga overlooking a beautiful horizon, you’ll find endless opportunities to stay in shape whilst travelling – there’s no excuses. After all, you want to be in the best condition for a sunrise hike, or spending a whole day exploring a city by foot!

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Isabel draws energy from being outdoors. 22 and from Singapore, she believes there is nothing more fulfilling than being unplugged. An explorer at heart, the world is her playground. She is the...Read more

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