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1. Posted by colinj81 (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

How on Earth do people stay in shape while constantly on the move and exhausted every time you get to a new destination?

I mean, I know my RTW year should be a time to make sure to soak up the lay of the land, see places, meet people, etc.---but is that at the expense of our once healthy and fit selves ?

Will a morning routine of pushups and situps be sufficient to keep the beach bod you once worked so hard to get ? I don't think I would be comfortable going on runs in foreign places just incase you happens to run into the wrong areas .Can you pay for the use of a gym in say USA / Australia without paying for a full membership and induction ?

Just curious. Thanks :)

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Colin,
I walk for fitness while on holiday. It helps keep up your fitness level and nobody even knows you are exercising! I also take those rubber exercise bands for maintaining muscle. It only takes a few minutes in your room and you can get a pretty good workout. Finish off with your sit-ups and you are
good to go!

Have a great time on your RTW trip.

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I don't bother with fancy exercise while traveling as I consider climbing stairs and walking to be perfectly fine exercise. However, at least in N. America, we are loaded with YMCA's and chain gyms such as 24 Hour Fitness that will be very happy to accommodate you on a daily basis (the better class hotels also have basic gyms too).

4. Posted by swtrav (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Pack resistance bands and/or a jumprope. Jumping rope is a surprisingly effective cardio workout!

5. Posted by typermonky (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

-lol-I should make a bussiness out of writting programmes for ppl while on holiday (not going to go though a whole one in this post though as that would look odd)
Anyhow, while traveling you should be pretty sorted with the cardio side of thing as for muscle tone i'd suggest either running though a couple of Pilates or Yoga classes before u head off, get to know a routine then use that, shifting round the order in which u do the exercises. Failing that, bodyweight exercises are great. Pullups, pushups etc...Plus lets face it, your going to be hauling round u're backpack

Dom

6. Posted by Urban08 (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Im in a similar boat as im a gym freak!

In terms of maintaining muscle mass and toning etc just keep up with the press ups and do some tricep dips off the end of your bed or something

As for cardio, you really dont need much room. HIIT training or interval training is far more effective than a run at the same pace over a distance so you dont need a long area. Just go to the beach or find 20-30 metres of room and do some sprints

just mark 30 metres on the beach, job between for say 6 laps (3 there 3 back) then sprint for 3 and call that one set, do maybe 5 sets with minimal rest between sets and thatll do you.

Hill sprints are great, find a sand dune, depending on length and how steep it is depends on how many sprints you need to do but if you sprint up 5 times and job down 5 times thatll be a good workout

use this site too http://www.topendsports.com/fitness/beach.htm

7. Posted by samgrafix (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

I used to manage a gym. They offered daily rates for people traveling. There are runner's websites for the States that will tell you great places to run. You may also find that popular jogging locations can be a great way to meet people.
runnersworld.com should have the information you need.