Tips for Staying Fit While You Travel

This Post Was Originally Published on the TuGo Travel Blog on July 9, 2019 by Mark Crone

Travelling is very much about breaking your normal routine, but it’s also important to keep up with your fitness and workouts. Whether you’re staying in hotels or higher-altitude spots like towers, leave the elevators behind and climb the stairs instead. Find restaurants within walking distance from your hotel, because a nice walk back to the hotel after a meal always feels great—especially through a park or nearby shoreline. Here are more ideas for staying fit while travelling:

1.Turn airline terminals into walking tracks

In all likelihood, you’ll do plenty of walking at the airport, from checking in, through security, then towards your gate. But rather than just sitting in front of your gate waiting to board the plane, why not explore the airport? You’ll discover shops, restaurants, artwork and more by going on a discovery walk. There’s plenty of time for sitting on the plane, and a walk around the terminal is good exercise (even more so if you’re wearing a Fit Bit!).

2. See the sights on foot

From the magnificent parks of London to the streets of Paris, there’s often no better way to take in the views, scents, and surprises of the local culture than on foot.

While you can find some great guidebooks, maps and apps to help, why not have a local take you on a tour and show you the neighbourhood favorites? On my last trip to Paris, I took a walking tour with Context Travel. Context is a network of specialists and scholars who act as private guides and lead small groups on walking tours through some of the world’s greatest cities. Tours include archaeology, art history, cuisine, history, urban planning, environmental science, and classics. The tour of Marais continued for almost 3 hours and included various stops in a market, a bakery, butcher shop, foie gras shop, cheese shop, wine and Armagnac shop and a chocolatier.

We certainly hit 10,000 steps, even though it didn’t feel like it. Organized walking tours are immersive and well worthwhile to make you feel like a local (and less like a tourist). If you can, take your tour within the first few days of your trip. You’ll get a better feel for the city, culture, local area and the places that you’ll want to return to later.

3. Plan at least one activity everyday

Is the morning full of standing in shops and art museums? After lunch, change it up with some destination-specific activities. If you’re in unfamiliar territory, your concierge will point you in the right direction and to some safe pedestrian routes. Experience what the region is known for. Wanderingthe markets of London, rock climbing in Austria or surfing in Hawaii is a lot more fun than running on a treadmill in your hotel.

You can also book unique fitness outings with Airbnb Experiences. Like walking tours, these are activities led by locals who are passionate about sports, wellness, and getting outdoors—Rappel through East Zion Canyons in Utah, or go on a bike adventure in Toronto. You can get a real taste of the destination by combining a sightseeing tour with a workout!

4. Utilize your hotel amenities

The obvious way to stay fit while travelling is to book hotels or resorts with fitness centers and/or guest passes to nearby gyms. There’s nothing like a workout first thing in the morning, within minutes of waking up. Even doing a short workout is a whole lot better than doing nothing at all. You’ll have worked fitness into each day before your vacation day has even started.

The days of dark, small and ill-equipped hotel gyms are gone. Westin and Fairmont Hotels let you rent or borrow workout gear to hit their gyms or a nearby running route plotted by RunWestin concierges. Indoor cyclists at select Westin locations can even live-stream Peloton classes in a WestinWORKOUT studio. Hilton has Five Feet to Fitness, where select room categories offer a selection of equipment and accessories to do in-room workouts. Of course, you can always book a full-on fitness vacation. Look for yoga retreats with Yogascapes, immersive outdoor getaways with GAdventures, or biking escapades with Interpid Travel.

“Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, journey, discover, adventure.”


Safe travels,
Mark

17 thoughts on “Tips for Staying Fit While You Travel

  1. deborahgrantdudley July 4, 2020 / 8:36 am

    I stay in hotels with pools when I can. A gentle swim is great exercise and can make the hustle and bustle of a city break feel more like a holiday.

    • markstraveljournal July 4, 2020 / 9:14 am

      Absolutely true. I love a great hotel pool. Some of my favourite hotels are based mostly on their pool. Thanks for the comments

  2. bournemouthgirl July 4, 2020 / 11:25 am

    These are really helpful for staying active and healthy. Staying fit and healthy is so important and shouldn’t stop if you are travelling.

  3. Thecaskconnoisseur July 4, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    I’ve tried to keep myself more active lately, I think if I was to travel abroad, I would love to have a bike to cycle around and see places, I love cycling, not surprise I brought a bike for work 😁

  4. Alexis Farmer July 4, 2020 / 5:19 pm

    I did a parody on this a little while ago, yours is legit helpful though unlike mine haha. Good read!

  5. Megbeth Travels July 5, 2020 / 8:57 am

    Definitely agree that you should walk as much as you can when you’re abroad! You never know what you’ll find that doesn’t stand out on Google Maps.

    • markstraveljournal July 5, 2020 / 8:59 am

      Totally agree, it’s great to explore and get exercise at the same time. Thanks for the comments

  6. Boomer EcoCrusader July 9, 2020 / 9:24 pm

    It’s so important to keep up with your fitness routines when you travel. Another idea is to find some simple online workouts you can do in your hotel rooms. Resistance bands are light and don’t take up much space in your suitcase.

    • markstraveljournal July 10, 2020 / 11:45 am

      Yes, online workouts are another thing to do while in your hotel room. I’ve recently started doing yoga online so I will do that when I travel soon. Resistance bands are a good idea as well. Thanks for the comments.

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