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6 Weeks of Backpacker Fitness: A few observations

6 Weeks of Backpacker Fitness: A few observations

If you read my latest postcard, you’ll be well aware that I spent a large proportion of my time in Laos sick, in bed. During this time, I was, quite understandably, not contributing to my Travel Fitness Workout Log. I had a good couple of weeks away from the gym, to allow myself to get back to normal.

Instead, I started writing this observation post. I’m not talking bodily observations as such. I certainly can’t remember the last time I stepped on a pair of scales. It’s just a few things I’ve noticed about my routine, attitude and fitness levels since leaving London.

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Travel Fitness Log: Workout #4 & #5 (Sri Lanka)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #4 & #5 (Sri Lanka)

I’ve put workouts 4 & 5 in the same post for a couple of reasons. First of all, they both took place quite a while ago. We’re flying from Chiang Mai to Laos tomorrow, 4th country on our to-do list. Given that I’ve got a backlog of workouts to upload from Sri Lanka and Thailand, I kinda want to get these published!

Secondly, as far as workouts go, 4 and 5 are complete opposites. I thought it might be interesting to put them together so that you’re able to see the range and diversity of workouts you can do, even whilst backpacking and far away from your home gym. (more…)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #3 (Adam’s Peak)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #3 (Adam’s Peak)

So it didn’t really cross my mind to log our hike up Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in Sri Lanka as a workout. I thought it’d be more of a friendly walk, something I’d write about in my postcards section.

But trudging back to our guest house, soaking wet and very tired after no less than six hours of steady, high intensity cardio… Well if that’s not a workout then I don’t know what is!

Adams Peak, or Sri Pada, is a hike up the mountains in the tea plantations in central Sri Lanka. It’s a Buddhist pilgrimage. The idea is that you set off something like 3am in the morning and get to the top in time to watch the sun rise at around 6am.

So that’s what we did.

Donned in our waterproof jackets and hiking boots and thankfully with the torches that we had packed ‘just in case’ (it was pitch black outside) we set out to climb the 5000 odd steps that led up to the Sacred Footprint of the Buddha.

Travel Fitness Workout Log, #3 Adam's Peak

When I say 6 hours of steady cardio I’m not lying. It’s three hours ish to the top. Never-ending stone steps that were so steep I genuinely had to use my hands for some of them. They were as tall as I am!

I mean if you fancy recreating this workout for yourself, all you need to do is set the stair master in the gym for three hours or so- whilst wearing a blindfold and heavy hiking boots. And that doesn’t even account for coming back down!

Half an hour from the top we stopped at a solitary little hut/shop. The owner invited us in for coconut roti and some strong sweet coffee. It was heaven, and gave us the energy we needed to push through that last stretch.Travel Fitness Workout Log, #3 Adam's Peak

I’d like to say that we got there in time for a spectacular sunrise. Unfortunately, the weather was so wet that it was literally like stepping into a cloud. Grey mist everywhere with strong winds that made frost form on our eyelashes.

It was the views on the way back that made it all worth it. Legs shaking and glutes burning, we made the trip down, seeing what we had missed in the darkness on the way up. Luscious green vegetation, waterfalls and little temples everywhere. It was gorgeous. There’s nothing like a spectacular view to make you forget fatigue and doms.

It may not have been the best workout for muscle building, but the constant cardio certainly made us look and feel a lot leaner! And much more fun than three hours on the stair master.

Travel Fitness Workout Log, #3 Adam's Peak

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