How to stay fit while on holiday

We all love an exercise routine, especially when we’re able to stick to it and see improvements. But what happens when we go on holiday? I’ve definitely found myself guilty of eating unhealthily while travelling and then struggling to motivate myself to return to the gym when I get home. This year, I’m determined to stay active throughout the year, even when a holiday results in a small break from my usual routine.

First, figure out what activities you enjoy.
Whether that’s going to the gym, bouldering, cycling, running, kayaking, yoga etc. There’s so much to choose from! Find the sports you enjoy and then build them into a weekly routine.

When you’re on holiday
You won’t be able to follow your usual fitness routine while away but you can still remain active in other ways. Try the following:

1. Park Run
If you enjoy running, you may already heard of an event called Park Run. It’s a timed 5km event held in parks across the world every Saturday at 9am. Look up whether the city you’re travelling to has a Park Run event and join in! Here’s a link to the UK Park Run events:

2. Free Walking Tour
I discovered Free Walking Tours when I first went interrailing. These tours are great for solo travellers as it’s a great way to meet new people. The idea of the tour is that you tip the tour guide at the end, based on how much you think the tour is worth. Tour guides usually talk about the history of the city, the people and languages, things to do and places to eat at. The most energetic walking tour I did was in Sintra, Portugal. We hiked up to the fairytale castles.

Sintra, Portugal (April, 2018)

3. Rent a bike
Whether that’s a public city bike, road bike or mountain bike, get cycling! My favourite cycling adventure abroad was in Meteora, Greece. We rented mountain bikes in the town and then cycled all the way up to the monasteries. The views were beautiful!

Meteora, Greece (Sep 2020)

4. Go on a hike
I love hiking (see my post on hiking in Wales!). There are so many opportunities to hike or walk when on holiday. Here are a few of my favourites.

Nafplion, Greece. A hike to the fortress on the hill. Sep, 2020
Grande-Dixance Dam, Switzerland (Summer, 2017).
Wildspitz, Switzerland (Nov 2018)
Albanian Alps, June 2018

5. Watersports
If you’re by a sea or lake, you could go kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming and more.

Lake Komani, Albania (June, 2018)

6. Other ideas
Yoga on the beach, indoor/outdoor bouldering and climbing, via ferrata, skiing, ice skating, paragliding, scuba diving.