We get it. Staying in shape while abroad is the least of your concerns, but it’s important to do so! Luckily, staying active abroad is much easier than at home, not to mention being a whole lot of fun. If you’re not a gym fanatic, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways you can stay in shape abroad, while taking in the magnificent views your destination has to offer – just don’t forget your European health card!
Run it off!
Not only does running outside instead of on the treadmill give you the opportunity to get out and breathe in the fresh air, but it is also one of the best ways to make the most of a new city. There’s nothing quite like waking up early and going for a run, unless you’re feeling fragile from the night out in town, in which case we suggest a glass of orange juice, plenty of water and a sweet treat before you go. Plus, you get to take in the sights heading away from and back to your hotel after your run, so you’ll know your way around in no time!
3, 2, 1… Yoga
At home, we don’t always have time to meditate. It’s a given, work and our social lives get in the way of taking a few minutes away to be still and forget the stress of everyday life. But abroad it’s different. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want! Why not sign up to a yoga class provided by your hotel, or dare to join a local club for a week?
Don’t be lazy! Take the stairs
It’s easy to take the elevator on holiday and, quite honestly, we don’t blame you when you arrive at your hotel with luggage weighing more than you could ever imagine. But, once you’ve settled into your new home for a week or two, you should take the stairs. Not only is it a free work out, it can be much faster to take the stairs than queueing for an elevator or waiting for it to come down from the top floor.
Beat the beach
Where there’s a beach, there will be beach volleyball! No matter whether you take part in a tournament against your friends or join in with a local friendly game of volleyball, it’s a great way to meet people, stay active and get involved in something different. After all, when was the last time you played beach volleyball at home?
Climb to the top!
Rock climbing is just another great activity to get involved with abroad. Not only is rock climbing fun and challenging, it’s rewarding too! It’s a great way to build muscle and endurance, as well as reduce stress and break up the typical holiday routine that might go something like… Eat, sleep, party, repeat! It won’t cost you very much and, despite what you may think, climbing up a vertical wall doesn’t feel like a punishment at all. So, no matter whether you plan to travel to Spain, France or are even heading off on a Caribbean cruise, make sure rock climbing is firmly on your agenda!