A little while back, I participated in a really fun Twitter chat all about healthy travel tips, hosted by US News Travel. It should just be a given, since I’m Australian, that I love to travel. It takes such a long time (and costs so much) to get just about anywhere else in the world from Australia, we tend to make the most of it once we go off on an adventure and it becomes second nature to want to explore new places. (Case(s) in point: I went to Italy for 3 months when I was 21 and came home 7 months later. Then, I headed to NYC for the summer of 2000. I’m still here 14 years later. 😉 )
If you want to get the US News Travel round-up of all the best tips from the Twitter chat, you can check that out here. Here are some of my favorite exercise-related questions and answers from the chat:
Should travelers keep their exercise regimens on vacation, even though it’s time to relax? How?
I have a couple of clients who tell me when they go on vacation, they’re more likely to work out than when they are in their regular routine at home. It makes sense! You have so much more time on vacation and a lot of the time you have no concrete plans. It’s easy to fit in a walk, or a run, or have fun taking advantage of something you have little or no access to at home. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, hiking, tennis, golf – there’s always going to be some activity you wouldn’t normally do that you can try on vacation.
What are some easy exercises travelers can do anywhere?
I loved these responses ↑ on what exercises are easy to incorporate when traveling. Some others I thought were great answers included packing workout gear like resistance bands and jump ropes, which are light and portable. Yoga anywhere was another popular answer. But really, isn’t walking everywhere in a new place the best way to discover it and get your exercise done at the same time?
What are the best cities or countries that may lend themselves to a healthier overall vacation?
Amsterdam got a LOT of thumbs up from different participants! Obviously the biking culture has something to do with that, also I’m guessing because it’s so beautiful you want to explore either on foot or bike as much as possible. Other places which got mentioned more than once included Bermuda, Australia, Vancouver and anywhere tropical or beachy.
Here are some more healthy travel tips for your next trip away:
- Enjoy indulging, but don’t make it a free-for-all. Remember that exercising and eating healthy most of the time keeps you feeling good.
- Do all your research on your destination BEFORE you get there. Don’t just rely on a generic travel guide, either. Ask people who’ve been there or live there for advice on where to eat, what to do, how they stay healthy.
- Wear comfy shoes. And walk everywhere you can. 🙂
- For city vacations, think about doing a walking tour, so you get the sightseeing and the exercise all rolled into one without having to plan it out yourself.
- Remember, it’s a vacation. Even if you pack the workout gear and never use it, don’t beat yourself up. Enjoy your time away.
Do you work out while you’re on vacation?
Do you try new activities, or stick to your tried-and-true workouts?
Where did you go on your last vacation? And where are you planning to go next? (I am trying to organize a spring vacation now, so this question is just to give me ideas, hee hee! 😉 )