Let’s face it: going to the gym isn’t the first thing on your mind when you go on holiday! Vacations are the time to indulge in local food and drinks, explore the sights, and make new friends. But your workout doesn’t need to be put on the back burner while you are away!
This year has really been the year of trying new workouts to see what suits my lifestyle best and now, with the ability to find the perfect workout by simply turn on your laptop or smartphone, it’s given me the opportunity to try lots of options at home and while travelling.
My 5 Travel-Friendly workouts for everyone!
I’m a huge fan of reformer pilates (that’s pilates using the reformer machine) but never really go into mat pilates until I found Blogilates. This is my absolute favourite workout to do at home or on the road!
Cassey Ho is the creator or Pop Pilates and the Blogilates website and YouTube channel. Whether you are a beginner, pilates expert or want to tone up specific parts of your body, there is sure to be a YouTube video or worksheet to help you achieve your goal.
If you sign up to the Blogilates newsletter, each month you’ll receive a password to the free monthly workout calendar which you can then download, print out and use to pinpoint a different workout video to do each day of the month.
Alternatively, you can pay US$0.99 each month to have access to the Blogilates app which makes it easier to see the calendar, find the workout videos and find recipes.
One thing I love about Cassey’s channel is that it isn’t just about working out or eating well (she has tonnes of delicious recipes on her site as well!), it’s about loving yourself more, which is something I think we all need to remember from time to time!
Bikini Body Guide
The Aussie Queen of Fit, Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide (BBG) has become a global phenomenon in the last two years! Don’t be turned off by the name because this is the ultimate ‘quick workout’ if you can only set aside 30 minutes a day to work out. Best of all, you need very little equipment, so it can even be done at home if you are a little anxious about facing the gym.
There are two ways to be part of the BBG family. You can either download the Bikini Body Guide Workout e-book, or the bundle which includes the Workout e-book and the H.E.L.P. Clean Eating Plan which begins at AU$69.97 or you can download the Sweat with Kayla app for AU$19.99 a month which has videos on how to do each exercise and more.
The BBG is intense – especially the app – so if you are ready to be pushed to the limits then this is the workout for you!
Yoga with Adriene
Good for mind and body, I first heard of Yoga with Adriene after my favourite Beauty YouTuber, Vivianna Does Makeup, set her own yoga challenge. Not soon after, I heard that my friend Jayne and Teresa also were fans, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about starting with her Yoga for Beginners videos.
Yoga with Adriene’s videos are the perfect gentle workouts. Whether you are in need of a stretch after a long-haul flight or want to do some gentle stretching after a day exploring your destination. Plus, Adriene has the most relaxing Texan accent which will have you looking forward to your next yoga class with her!
Couch to 5K
Inspired by my friend Lawrence, I decided that this year was the year I learned how to like running. It’s never been something I’ve enjoyed but with a bit of perseverance (i.e: going to the gym late at night when no one else is around and running in private) I’m slowly learning how to like it.
What’s helped me get this far – aside from a kickass running playlist – is The Couch to 5k (C25k) app which I learnt about from Erica of OverYonderlust a few years ago. This easy-to-use app takes you from Day 1, teaches you how to warm up and – as a new runner – pace yourself in order to avoid injury. Then, it will take you through your paces in a manner similar to HIIT training as you build on to your run each session so you’ll be able to run 5 km’s in 8 weeks.
Get outside and explore!
This may sound simple but something we so often overlook is taking advantage of your surroundings and turning it into a travel-friendly workout!
A perfect example of this is Sydney Harbour. So often visitors will come and ride the Circular Quay ferry to see the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge but what about exploring Sydney Harbour by kayak or Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)? It’s a great workout and, with an experienced guide, a fantastic way to soak up the sun and learn about the history, people and animals that call the area home. If the water isn’t your thing, you could always try a parkour class and turn the city into your jungle gym or maybe you could spend a morning running or cycling across the Harbour Bridge – now that would be something worth writing home about!
If you are a runner, many hotels offer running maps to help visitors find an interesting route to explore the city while also getting their daily exercise in. Maybe you can customise your own itinerary so that you see a famous city icon in a unique way. Two runs I would love to do is run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Want to take your running to the next level? Consider running a marathon when you take your next trip (Monique from Mo Travels does this!)!
If classes are more your thing, why not try something new? Learn to pop & lock in a Brooklyn-based hip hop class, learn how to tell a story in a flamenco class in Spain or get extreme and go mountain bike riding in Colorado. I’m also learning to love hiking, especially when it means I can have a private moment in a swimming hole, like the time I did in the Paluma Ranges National Park (pic above).
Whatever your fitness level or workout style, it’s easy to include one of these travel-friendly workouts on your next big adventure!
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Let me know
How do you workout when you travel?
I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂