Mike Manning, who writes on his own blog, Manning's Musings, sent me an email asking if I'd be interested in featuring his article, 4 Tips for Staying Fit While Traveling. I'd planned to put it up last week while traveling, but that didn't pan out (I wasn't on the internet much at all). Even so, this subject is still quite topical for anyone planning to vacation this summer.
And, of course, I agree with every one of his suggestions, especially "rent a bike!"
Following article by Mike Manning
4 Tips for Staying Fit While Traveling
Although it can seem a challenge at first to keep up with your daily fitness routine when traveling, it is both possible and vitally important sustain it. In the same way that one still brushes their teeth everyday on the road, it is possible to sustain your daily workout virtually anywhere with a little careful planning.
1. Choose Your Hotel with Facilities and Nearby Recreational Areas in Mind
Almost all of the big hotels in major cities feature a gym facility. Make sure to do some research before you book a hotel in order to get the best out of the accommodations. On a recent trip to San Francisco I was able to book a hotel that had great fitness amenities by checking through a travel reviews site called Gogobot beforehand. Here I was able to see a list of San Francisco hotels where I could see which ones in my price range had a 24-hour gym. Motels and motor lodges in smaller cities may not feature an in house gym, but you can use Google Maps and other GPS systems to easily locate trails and recreational areas near the lodging of your choice. If you plan to stay for a while in one place, research the closest gym or recreational facility to your hotel. These options offer you the chance to both workout and integrate into local culture for the duration of your stay.
2. Attend an organized fitness retreat.
What better way to both maintain yourself and be inspired than to base your travels specifically on convening and connecting with other fitness-minded individuals and teachers. Similar to a tour guide who assists you in maximizing your travel time, a fitness retreat expands what you know about your body and your health.
3. Get outside and run or rent a bike.
All you need is a good pair of shoes and comfortable clothing. Instead of driving around, explore the city on foot, whether at a brisk walk, a jog or an invigorating run. Due to the slower pace and the lack of enclosed capsulation that biking offers, it is possible to see much more from behind the handlebars of a bike than from behind the steering wheel of a car.
4. Take a specialized fitness class in something you have never tried before.
Mark your trip with a specialized fitness class that is completely new to you. Whether you have always wanted to try Zumba, pole dance fitness, P-90 X or spinning, your next trip holds possibilities to fit any budget.
No matter where you are, there are people eating and living healthily. Join the fray by bringing your workout routine with you wherever you go.