It can be pretty easy to not work out while travelling. Once you’ve done all the hard work to get in shape for the beach, it can be easy to undo it all with a few margaritas. Let your hair down by all means, but why not also stay active, stay fit and find different ways to get a work out in whilst on holiday.
Here are a few of my top tips for maintaining that balance.
Get out and explore.
You don’t have to hit the hotel gym to get a good workout in – although that’s a good place to start! I love to head out for a hike, go for a swim, try out some kayaking or paddle boarding – the most important thing is to stay active. In Mauritius, I went snorkelling and kayaking as well as hitting the hotel gym and wellness area. In Cape Town, I ran the Cape Peninsula Half and hiked Lion’s Head. In Namibia, I went rafting on the Orange River. Do the hike, then do the brunch – you’ll feel amazing, trust me!
Do something small every day.
Start every day with a walk or 10 jumping jacks. Take the hotel stairs instead of the lift. Go for a swim before lunch. Just do something.
Take workout gear with you.
I never leave the house without my trainers and a sports bra when travelling. They are perfect for a hike or a sunset jog along the promenade. In fact, that’s one of my favourite ways to check out the local town and decide where I might pop for dinner later! I also always pack a skipping rope because it’s such a great, quick and efficient way to work out while travelling. Just two minutes of skipping and you’ll be completely out of breath. It’s so worth it, super quick to do and so easy to pack!
Try a local class.
If you’re in a resort, try the surf club. If you’re in a city, find a spin or yoga studio and fit in with the locals. When I’m in London, I like to pop to Psycle. My dream would be to go to Soul Cycle in LA.
What are you best tips for how to work out while travelling?
This post is in association with Co-operative Travel, who asked me to contribute to their holiday workout tips piece. Read the post and see what all of the other fitness bloggers like to get up to here.
The photos in this post were taken whilst travelling in Mauritius, during my stay at Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, and out and about in Cape Town.