As many of you might be aware, I have recently moved back to Melbourne from London. I spent 4 years in London and did lots of travel. Early in my travels, I struggled at times with staying fit and healthy. Often when travelling we are trying new foods and drinking more than usual and out of our normal exercise routine and habits. As I traveled more and more, I began to get into a better groove with staying healthy while travelling and started to compile a list of tips. Things that I could do that were easy to fit into my day to improve fitness and health.
Instead of taking public transport, use the opportunity and the fact you have time on your side to walk between attractions, take a walk along the river or around a lake. Often when walking around a city, we tend to stumble across shops, cafes or a pop up exhibition we may not have seen if we were on a train.
2) Try a walking tour
Free walking tours are offered in nearly every city I have been to around Europe. It's an active way to learn about the history of a city and to also fit in some exercise. One of the best walking tours I did in Europe was in Berlin.
3) Try a city bike tour or Hire a Bike
In Madrid a couple of years ago, I did a city bike tour and learnt all about the history of Madrid while on a bike. It got my heart rate up at times and was my way of fitting exercise into my day plus a quicker way to get around, which meant we were able to see more of the city.
In London, there are Boris bikes, you can hire for 2 pounds for 24 hours, you can ride around the city. You will need to dock your bike every 30 minutes to avoid paying extra, but it's the perfect way to explore and exercise at the same time.
Melbourne also has a bike share option where you can hire a bike and ride round the city from $3 a day with unlimited 30 minute rides.
4) Take the stairs
Try and take the stairs whenever you get the opportunity. It's awesome cardiovascular exercise as well as a good way to get your butt muscles working. Squeeze your glutes every time you take a step.
5) Drink lots of water
Buy a 1.5-2 kg bottle of water at the start of each day and aim to finish it by the end of the day. You can add some slices of lemon or lime to your water which adds a bit more excitement and the lemon helps with cleansing your gut.
6) Herbal tea
Herbal tea is great for improving digestion, especially if you are eating foods that might be new to your body. A cup of lemon and ginger or peppermint tea can really help. Try this first thing in the morning and in the evening before bed. My friends will vouch for this, but when ever I travel, I take an array of different flavours of tea with me, herbal, black and of course my favourite, chai. This saves you money and if you carry a small thermal insulated cup with you, you can take it with you when exploring to save money on buying cups of tea. My favourite brand is Pukka.
7) Outdoors activities
There are many outdoor activities you can try whether you are in a city or a country town. Some ideas include; day trips to national parks, rafting, canoeing, hiking, skiing, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing and ice skating in the winter. I'm sure there are many more, but think about using this time to try something new! I remember in Switzerland, I went paragliding and it was such an amazing experience, As someone who is scared of heights, I conquered my fear and did it.
So, I hope you have been inspired to stay active while travelling!
I would love to hear some of your tips and ideas too! Comment Below.