So, you’re thinking of exercising while travelling or during your vacation but you have no idea how gyms work in your destination country and you’re wondering where to workout. It’s not always easy trying to find places to workout when travelling or going on a vacation but it is easier and more obvious than you think. While many motivated fitness addicts might say “if you want to workout bad enough you’ll find a place”, but, in reality, not knowing where or not being able to find places to workout can be downright discouraging.
While it might be a little more difficult, time-consuming and expensive to get a gym membership at your destination you always have your body and basic equipment you can find anywhere. If you travel often or even if you don’t have access to a gym all that much, my advice is to invest in some resistance bands.
Resistance bands are light, take up next-to-no space in your luggage and they add that extra bit of push to your bodyweight workout. I feel that mine have been one of the best investments I have made in my travel and wellness lifestyle. You can find my high-quality, go-to resistance bands here.
#1 In your hotel room/ hotel or Airbnb
Many of us these days don’t book a hotel room without looking at reviews or pictures of the room first. Make sure you reserve a room with enough floor space for a simple workout. This means you can slide out of bed and straight into a workout or yoga practise in the morning without having to leave the room. Another perk is that there is A/C- a joy in those hot and humid climes. Simple stretches, HIIT workouts, yoga and various bodyweight workouts can be done from your hotel room. If that doesn’t appeal why not look for other places to workout in the hotel? Does it have a nice garden or pool are you can workout in?
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#2 In your hotel gym
This is the obvious choice but many people don’t think of it or don’t have access to it. If you have the budget to be able to stay in a resort or hotel with a gym then the natural choice would be to bring your workout down there. You don’t only have to rely on your own body weight at this stage- take advantage of all the free-weights, machines and equipment available to you. If you don’t know what you’re doing, many hotels offer a free personal training session to guests.
#3 On the beach
If like me you spend your time at ‘home’ cooped up in a gym and you want to change it up a little then where better than the beach!?. Enjoy the fresh air, the sound of the lapping waves and let the uneven sand condition those glutes further. You probably won’t be able to find much useful equipment on the beach so aim for HIIT workouts, Tabata circuits, yoga and fitness app workouts.
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#4 Outside! Go for a run
One of the best ways to explore a new place is by walking its streets, so, why not run its streets? Plan your run on Google Maps, get your bearings and see some sights while you’re at it. Many cities have beach promenades, river walkways and parks made especially for running so I’d highly recommend you take advantage. If your not a runner why not rent a bicycle instead?
#5 In a gym or fitness centre
Many local gyms offer a daily or weekly pass with prices varying from continent, country and city. Facilities will vary but you can expect to find a similar sort of set up to what you might be used to. When searching for gyms abroad I highly recommend Workout Abroad where you can find gyms, courses and sessions near you anywhere in the world.
#6 In the park
A park is a great place to workout. It’s peaceful, offers plenty of space to move around and gives an insight into local life. Most parks have benches or steps that you can really use to your advantage. Push-ups, tricep dips, step-ups and planks can all be done on park benches and you can even combine them with a little run or walk too.
Where do you workout when travelling? Got any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear from you, comment below.
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