May seem like a strange question but - I am addicted to going to the gym and a bit worried about putting on weight/getting out of shape while I'm travelling and working round oz for a year.
Have you found it easy to keep fit and eat healthily while travelling do you think there will be gyms I could use while travelling around?
I would be grateful for your thoughts
its tough... i put on a fair bit of weight in america - typically! got to oz though and its nice to go out running early mornings/evenings and cheap. Joining gyms can be expensive depends on where you go. Most places only offer 12 months contracts which doesnt suit travellers but i found a few places in syndey where you can buy a 10 session pass or pay as you go but thats not the cheapest option.
swimming and walking at the beaches is your best bet.
As Katesnape says, it's a bit difficult for travellers just to "drop in" on a gym because of the membership aspect.
Personally I'd suggest you do what I do whenever I've just landed in a new city - find storage for your luggage at the airport, bus station, etc., take your favourite travel guide (e.g. Lonely Planet), put your day pack on, and hit the road !
You find out so much more by walking around a city, getting a feel for the "three S's" (sights, sounds & smells), as long as you keep your "wits" about you, and stay out of the 'no go' areas, you should be right.
I've done this all over Europe, the UK and parts of Asia, and have never had a problem, all whilst getting great exercise. Give it a try !
I've just arrived home from a RTW trip and like you I started out with the intention of exercising regularly and keeping fit. However as soon as I arrived in New Zealand (where the beer was cheap) my exercising plans went out of the window. I put on a few kilos but at the end of the day I wouldn't let worrying about keeping fit spoil your holiday. You can always get back into shape when you get back home.
However, if you're more determined than me then you'll come across gyms in all the big cities in Australia, but in some of the smaller places you'll have to find alternative methods of exercise. I'd say it's a good idea to stay at hostels with a pool, as swimming was the one form of exercise I managed to keep up (somehow it didn't feel like proper exercise and therefore it required less will power).
Replying to another thread has just reminded me that the Victoria Hotel in Melbourne has a small gym on the top deck (free to guests). However it's equipment is tailored to aerobic exercise so if you're into weights then it won't be much good.
What about recreation centres?
They are like the community sports centre and often have a big pool, sports courts, and often a gym and aerobic classes that you can pay as you go or have a membership. These could range from AUS$5-$20 a go but might be good once a week alternative to walking. I live in Perth and left my gym membership to save for my travels and currently exercise by walking, running or riding along the nearby swan river.
Yeah, there are always swimming pools and other sporting facilities like running tracks around that use a pay-per-play system, so you only fork out for what you use unlinke a (shudder!) gym membership!