Working out / exercise while RTW

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1. Posted by colinj81 (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

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 AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Good thread, I lost about 15 kgs after 6 months in south america, only just getting it back now, i was so unfit when I got home. Which is strange considering I must have walked 15kms a day! Guess it was a poor diet & irregular meals that was the biggest culprit.

I know that most gyms in oz have a casual rate if you want to wander in off the street, many also have the option to pay for eg. 5-10 visits at a time. It is a lot more expensive than normal though.

Doubt there is anywhere in australia that you would run into trouble running. But if ur worried about it, just run in parks with lots of people there. Even if something does happen, won't it just encourage you to run faster? sounds good to me, a free personal trainer :)

3. Posted by colinj81 (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the reply im just worried years of hard graft in the gym and watching what i eat will go to waste in months .

Yeah i think its the same with everyone when travelling with poor diet , i keep promising myself il be good though and stick to a routine :) although il see how long that lasts .

Thats good that you can go in off the street and pay a caual rate albeit a bit more expensive, but i suppose thats the price you have to pay if you dont want to turn to lard :)

I wasnt really worrying about running in australia it was more when i go to USA , i might run into a street and not come back out of it hehe

4. Posted by ToniL (Budding Member 52 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Most keen exercisers do too much !. The most recent research in refereed journals indicates that - and I am interpreting the results somewhat here as the original work was with cyclists - six almost flat out 30 second sprints with a couple of minutes rest between each will more than maintain a very good cardio respiratory fitness level. So just find a nice field or 200metres(220 yds) stretch of road and go for it. I have visited 40+ countries and have yet to find a place where I was unsafe running by the way. Occasionally you could just put in the odd 3-5 k run to get the endorphine fix!

As for maintaining strength there are numerous exercises that you could do using the resistance of your own body weight and which cover all the main muscle groups - any well trained exercise physiologist should be able to help you develop a set. Likewise you could incorporate a set of flexibility exercises quite easily.

The above may not be sufficient if you are a body builder/ weight lifter - for that you need extra weight loadings. Such creatures,however, have brain rather than muscle problems in my experience !!!

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Youve got it pretty easy if your going to the states. i know they are known for thier wieght problems, but there are gyms everywhere and everywhere is easy and safe to run and cycle in as long as your not stupid about it. running in foriegn places is the best way to really see the place and youd be amazed at how many cool people you meet. I meet most of mine when i get lost and have to ask for directions!

Try joining and looking for the running journals or finess journals and asking for places to work out in the citys your visiting.

6. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

While I'm not the biggest fan of going out of my way to exercise when I'm in a foriegn country - one of the best things I think to do is walk to the sights you wish to visit (as long as it's within 2 miles or so) - you tend to see things you wouldn't otherwise and soak things in a bit more than the old open roof tourist bus *cringes*.

There's also the food you eat which is most often up to you - but once again you don't want to find yourself rejecting everything on offer because of calories. Just take a note of what you eat, and drink a lot of water instead of other drinks.

You might want to gear yourself to slightly more active tourism - trekking, cycling, snorkelling, diving, horse riding, rock climbing, etc. all great rewarding ways to see a sight and get a bit active as well.

Cardiovascular health is something that is a result of long term lifestyle behaviours. Sure, indulging unhealthy food and beer while sitting on a beach is unhealthy - but in the grand scheme of things those few weeks/months of indulgence will not dramatically deterioriate your health. Once you go back to the lifestyle you have at home your body will once again adapt to this. Therefore I wouldn't see the point in dramatically altering your holiday plans in order to stay healthy. Of course if we're speaking "healthy" in terms of the aesthetically appealing "beach bod" - it may be at risk for a while when putting on a couple kg's, but once again the basic calories in/calories out rule applies - take note of your lifestyle at home and compare it with what you're doing on holiday. Also note if your muscle mass deteriorates a bit you won't require as many calories.

That being said puships/dips/crunches (I dont like situps!) or even bicep curls with your backpack/suitcase are easily done anywhere and that little bit every couple of days may be the difference between putting on a couple of kilos and not over a longer period of time.

But yeah when on holiday I reckon let your beach bod enjoy the beach rather than slaving away in the gym!


7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Don't worry about going to a gym.

Just go for runs and do some push ups.

8. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You must know the answer to these questions, of course you can use a gym without a full membership, all cities in the world will have council run sports centre. If you really need to keep fit with minimal resources then skipping will cover you , all you need is a rope..

9. Posted by niall123 (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

For good Running Routes Try You can search by location and sort by popularity to see which are the popular circuts.

10. Posted by Morgz (Budding Member 19 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My (year?) trip is coming up at the end of august, and i have been partially worrying about this a lot lately. As I frequent the gym 3-5 times per week i dont want to lose all that ive worked for. This being said i have began to research it about and have found that over the period of only a few months without hitting the gym size and strenght do not go down significantly if u maintain some fitness, eg. playing tennis/volleyball etc. As well if you look at some sites like you can find lots of exercises you can do without weights. For example if you find a park, you can easily do chinups, dips, situps, rows, squats pretty much everything you need to keep fit. Also you can find resistance bands/tubing off the internet which takes up little space and can be used as extra resistance to body weight.