Who says we have to sacrifice fitness for travel? Traveling doesn’t mean that we must stop working out or paying attention to our health. On the contrary, it is exactly the opposite. Especially when we are traveling, it is more important than ever to make sure we are staying healthy and fit to take on any new adventure that awaits.
I’m not talking about going to a gym or signing up for a workout class. Incorporating fitness and health into travel is much simpler than that! All it takes is a little creativity and a willingness to try something new. Use fitness as an opportunity to explore a new city or see a town from a new point of view. Like running? Try a jog around your new location and not only do you gain health benefits, but you also get to know the city and see parts of it that you may have missed otherwise! Running not your thing? Try walking or cycling instead. You can also take advantage of any vantage points nearby and do some hiking or climbing to experience a new view.
During my recent visit to San Diego, California, I dragged myself out of bed early on a few days to go out for a run. Those early morning runs made me comfortable navigating the city, and revealed some spectacular views of the bay that I would never have gotten a chance to see. One of the things I love about running in a new city is the people. It’s so interesting to see the different types of people you see out for a jog in different cities.
As always, keep your safety in mind and have a friend join you when possible. Some locations are obviously better than others for getting outside and roaming the streets, so make sure your desired activity is appropriate and safe.
There are so many opportunities to stay active when you are traveling and it can sometimes be even more fun than staying active at home! The key is to make sure you are doing something you enjoy, then find a way to tie that in to your travels.
How do you stay fit while traveling? Let me know in the comments!