Staying Active While Traveling

Staying Active While Traveling

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Our travel expert has some ideas for staying healthy and active while traveling and maybe even try something new.

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Traveling can throw us out of our normal fitness and eating routines. It is nice to have a plan to help us stay on track. When you are out of town, it is a great time to switch up your routine and do something you may not do at home. Here are 8 ideas to help you stay active and have fun when you are out of town.

1. Explore on foot – When you are in large cities, public transit is often readily available. While that is nice for long distances, it is usually easy and fun to explore on foot. In fact you’ll be surprised at how quickly you accumulate steps when you are seeing sights in a city! Whether it is strolling through Paris, walking through Central Park in New York City, or seeing the architectural artwork in Barcelona, you’ll enjoy burning calories while seeing amazing new places.
2. Try a new sport – Use your new locale as motivation to try a new sport! Take a surfing lesson in Hawaii, try paddle boarding at the lake or in the calm Caribbean Sea, brush up on your backhand on the tennis court, or dive into sand volleyball at your all-inclusive paradise. You’ll have fun while giving your muscles a good workout.

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3. Bike around the city – Many cities have bikes for rent. And in many places, there are dedicated bike lanes or paths. Instead of an electric scooter, get a bike! Go explore around the city and drop the bike at the nearest return rack when you reach your next destination. Bikes are a great way to get around Hilton Head Island, Lyon in France, and even in our city of Cincinnati!
4. Hike – Hiking is a great way to stay active and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. You can hike to discover beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica or Iceland, you can explore the Grand Canyon and see amazing views from various vantage points, and you can explore the ancient world on a hike to Machu Picchu.

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5. Skiing and snowboarding – Isn’t that a destination in itself? Take advantage of the cold climates to ski the slopes in the Colorado Rockies. If you are feeling like a new destination, the Swiss Alps may be your next great adventure!
6. Gym – If you have a routine, most gyms have a gym that is included with your hotel stay. A morning in the gym may be just what you need to give you the energy to take on your day’s adventures.
7. Find a near-by class – You may want to stick with a familiar exercise you love. You can often find classes around an area, such as somewhere that offers cross-fit or a personal trainer to help you switch up your routine or up your game. Imagine diving deeper into your yoga practice with a guru in India! Many resorts offer classes you many enjoy, such as Zumba on the beach, water aerobics, and morning yoga. Look for offerings in the area you plan to travel and to make reservations if needed.

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8. Exercise in your hotel room – If you are not a gym person, but want to stay in shape, use the wi-fi to view a workout from your favorite streaming  network. Or search for a hotel workout online to accomplish your goals. Simple exercises such as planks, crunches, push ups, squats, and lunges are a great way to keep you active. Remember, you can easily pack a resistance band to travel light with your equipment.

Staying active while traveling helps you to feel balanced, especially when you are somewhere with amazing cuisine and beverages. Planning your next vacation around what you love to do would be a great way to see the world!

What is your favorite way to stay active on vacation? Share your ideas in the comments.

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Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker is the owner of Something Adventured Travel, a full service travel agency. She has lived in the Cincinnati area all of her life, except for the time she, her husband, and children sold everything to explore the world with extensive stays in Costa Rica and Europe. Upon return to the area, she opened her business to share her passion for all things travel. Sarah believes that travel is one of the best things one can do for their own wellness, relieving stress, creating memories, and expanding their own universe. Helping others plan and explore the world, she looks to ignite others to discover new things about places, people, cultures, and themselves. You can contact her to start your next adventure at or visit her online at Follow me links: Facebook: Instagram: