Believe it or not, keeping fit while travel doesn’t have to be a chore. Incorporating a bit of light exercise into your holiday schedule will give you plenty of energy to go exploring – and it’s also a great hangover cure! So get your trainers on, plug in your iPod Shuffle to listen to your favourite playlist and give one of these fitness ideas a try:
Early Morning Jog
This is a great start to the day if you’re on holiday by the beach. There is nothing more peaceful than an empty coastline stretching out in front of you, waves crashing against the shoreline. After your jog why not go for a swim to cool off? As the waves gently lap against the pebbles you can think about all the guilt-free cocktails you’re going to drink later. If you’re in an urban area and you fancy a jog, locate the nearest park. In a big city like New York going for a jog is like a mini sightseeing trip and a great way to get a feel for what it’s like to be a local.
If you’re somewhere with a swimming pool there’s always the opportunity to do a few lengths. This is one of the best ways to exercise for all ages as it works every muscle in your body without putting too much strain on your joints. As you put one arm over the other and frantically splash those legs around think of the chef who is tirelessly preparing your three course meal for that evening. The experience is made even better if it’s an outside pool under the warming sun.
Whether you’re in a city or in more rural surroundings hiring a bicycle is a great way to get around and get some exercise in at the same time. It is a fun thing for families to do together too which is a bonus. If you are planning to cycle on roads make sure you know what side the traffic drives on and always wear a helmet. If you find that your afternoon cycle has miraculously ended up at a wine bar do yourself a favour and chain the bike up, then come and get it the next day. Drinking and cycling don’t mix.
It’s great to keep yourself fit on holiday but don’t try too hard – you might spoil your appetite!
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