Keeping fit when travelling can be a challenge, particularly if you’re used to fitting exercise into your daily routine and schedule by going to a gym or having a personal trainer train you at home.
Of course, if you’re travelling to somewhere like New Zealand then you’re going to be immersed in the great outdoors and surrounded by people that live a very active lifestyle. Indeed, in countries like this many people find they don’t need to go to the gym so much, as outdoor exercise is just part of their culture and way of life.
Travelling in unfamiliar environments, however, can mean you don’t have consistent access to the gym equipment you’re used to, and whilst you can try to hunt out local gyms, this can be frustrating as often a day pass doesn’t cost much less than a whole month’s membership.
There are, however, many personal trainers that offer in-home training such as Your House Fitness, and there’s no reason why they couldn’t come to your hotel; particularly if you’re travelling for work, meaning you might be visiting the same place multiple times or having an extended stay.
In addition to the idea of getting a personal trainer whilst on the road, here are three suggestions that are suitable for most travel situations.
On Demand Fitness Classes
Les Mills offers an on-demand digital platform containing its most popular gym classes such as Body Pump, Body Balance and Body Combat. This on-demand subscription model akin to Netflix means you will have access to online classes anywhere in the world… you can even save them offline.
Swimming is known for being one of the best ways to keep in shape as it’s a great cardiovascular sport that works every major muscle group in your body. If you can afford to pay a little extra in order to find a hotel with a pool then you can have a fantastic workout in the comfort and convenience of your own hotel.
The other nice thing about swimming in your hotel pool, or the sea for that matter, is that it tends to be a more fun and luxurious experience than sitting in a gym – particularly if you have waterproof earphones that allow you to listen to music whilst you swim.
Take Some Equipment With You
There are plenty of small and lightweight pieces of equipment that you can take on your travels. For instance, you could take TRX bands, resistance bands, or a skipping rope – all of which are particularly effective at working your entire body. Skipping, for instance, is how boxers train, because it provides a fantastic all over cardiovascular workout, that sheds the pounds and trims you up in all the right places. Then, there is always the option to go for a nice long jog and explore the area which requires no equipment other than suitable footwear.
In summary, there are several ways to keep fit whilst travelling – so just because you don’t have access to your regular gym doesn’t mean you can’t continue to exercise.