Travel bloggers’ secrets: Staying fit while traveling
With sites to see + places to go + people to meet, breaking a sweat’s often the last thing on my mind. And for a foodie like me who travels to taste, I can end up back from a trip feeling in worse shape than when I left.
How’s a vagabond to choose between staying fit and seeing the world? Trick question! There’s no need to choose between your fitness and your wanderlust.
Check out these travel bloggers’ easy and applicable tips to staying fit while traveling. Staying in shape doesn’t have to be boring, and it definitely need not detract from your adventures.
“Staying fit on the go is crucial.I jam pack my trips with a bunch of mixed activities. Like, I would always walk or bike around to explore a new place. I try to book hostels with swimming pools or go to the beach for a swim (provided I am close to the beach). I also try out adventure sports – Kayaking, Surfing, Hiking, Muay Thai etc – Where I can learn something new, have fun and stay fit on the side. All these activities add up to help burn calories on the move. Honestly,I feel more fit while traveling than in a gym. So, there you go!”
“After spending the past year training in the gym 5 days a week I was a bit worried about what would happen when I traveled. I really wanted to carry on training but I knew it would be hard. I was lucky enough to find a decent and reasonably priced gym in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in Hoi An, Vietnam. I have cut my training down to a few times a week but it still makes me feel a lot better to be working out. I am also using the free app called Freeletics when I can’t access a gym. It consists of workouts made up of body weight exercises which is great when you have no space or equipment!”
– Sarah from Hopping RTW
“My number one tip for staying fit while travelling is to start each day with a quick workout. I use videos on YouTube and lay out my travel-friendly yoga mat to do Pilates, yoga or interval workouts. The best thing about this is that you don’t need any equipment, and you don’t have to rely on your hotel having a gym – which is especially important now that so many travelers use websites like Airbnb instead of booking typical hotel rooms! FYI – My favorite YouTube channel for workouts is Tone It Up.”
– Kelly from Kelly Ella Maz
“Most travelers walk a ton, especially budget travelers like myself. I nearly always choose to walk over taking cabs or public transit for a couple of reasons. First, it’s free. Second, you get to see more of the city or town you are visiting. You would never wander past the cute antique shop in the alleyway if you were riding a bus. The average person burns about 100 calories per mile while walking. That doesn’t take into account the amount of weight you will be carrying if you have your backpack with you, either. The next time you are planning to take a tuk tuk from point A to point B, opt to walk instead. Your thighs will thank you later.”
“When traveling I make always sure to have my swimsuit and my runners packed, both are things you can do 365 days of the year and don´t need much equipment. Before I travel somewhere new I look online to find tips and hints on where to go and where to see the most. Sometimes I even find running clubs who offer a sight seeing running tour thru a city with a guide who tells you all about the sights. Sometimes I´m surprised how many cities offer something like that. The best part about those groups is that they meet before all the other tourists are up and block the sights. When some of those attractions are on a mountain I hike up to see them and when they are in walking distance (in my mind up to 5k) I will walk. When I lived for 6 months in LA I bragged so much about how easy the hike to the Hollywood sign was and how beautiful it is, that every time friends came to visit and I had to take them. I believe I went up there 7 times or more.”
– Daniela from Vienista
“My favorite way to stay fit and healthy while traveling is to integrate travel by bike into my vacation. Traveling by bike is great because it doesn’t feel like you’re trying to make time in your tight travel schedule to work out. The exercise becomes a part of your vacation, and, in my mind, it only adds to the experience! It’s the perfect balance of covering more ground than you can by foot but still going slower than you would by car or tour bus. I did my first bike trip with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. a few years ago. Before that first trip, I was terrified of the idea of a bike trip. But the DuVine guides are so awesome at supporting you with snack and water stops, help with flat tires, or a lift in the van if a hill is a little too challenging. It’s so great to end your vacation feeling like you’re a stronger cyclist and returning home feeling like you accomplished something other than just sitting on a beach all day!”
– Kelsey from Hipstorical
How do you stay in shape while traveling? Sneaky workouts? Walking everywhere? Let me know in the comments below!
The globetrotting wordsmith behind Take Me With You, Sierra specializes in sustainable, smart blogging strategies for part-time travel bloggers. Her wanderlust has taken her across 3 continents and 11 countries. She is the creator of the free ecourse, Travel Blog In 5.