Tag: strength training

Do’s and Don’ts: How to Stay Fit While Travelling

Do’s and Don’ts: How to Stay Fit While Travelling

A few weeks ago I wrote a post that basically summarised how my training was going 6-weeks into a backpacking trip around Asia. Unsurprisingly, I’d found that it can get really difficult to establish a good fitness routine when you don’t even know what country you’re going to be in in two days time- let alone what gym facilities you’ll have access too!

Towards the beginning I was much more concerned with finding ‘cool’ places to work out, whether that meant doing a hiit session on the beach or trekking up a mountain at 3am! But it didn’t take me long to figure out that actually it’s much easier (and not that much more expensive) just to research a local gym and pop along if and when you have the time.

Now that we’re settled in Sydney, I’ve had a chance to a) get my routine back and b) reflect a bit more on how to go about keeping up your fitness habits when you’re away from home for a long period of time.

So if you’re thinking of escaping the cold weather and going on a backpacking adventure this holiday season, have a quick look at my do’s and don’ts for keeping fit whilst travelling.

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Travel Fitness Log: Workout #7 (Chiangmai)

Travel Fitness Log: Workout #7 (Chiangmai)

It was in Chiangmai that I ventured into an actual gym for the first time since leaving London. By which I mean, a building whose sole purpose was fitness. Aka, not a crappy hotel ‘gym’, not a swimming pool, and not just a space in-between some trees to hang a TRX and do some ab exercises.

I stumbled across Miss Fitness Chiangmai on one of my aimless wanders around the town. I was craving a good workout- 16 hours on a train had left me in a bizarre state of lethargic restlessness. If I hadn’t been wearing completely inappropriate workout attire, I would have gone in there and then. Instead, flip-flopping home, I resolved try it out the following day.

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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…)