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Staying Fit on Holiday

May 28, 2014 | Running | 6 comments

In the past my holiday check list included the following;

  • beach or pool 
  • sunshine
  • cocktails 
However now there are a few more things that I want from my days off, mostly some sort of activity or adventure. We’re planning a trip abroad to relax after the Berlin marathon, and although my main priority will be chilling out, I have already looked up the various facilities at the hotel, day trips and water sports on offer. 
How to Stay Active on Holiday 
  • If you have the option, choose a hotel with a gym. Even a quick 20 minute treadmill workout will start your day right. Alternatively, scope out local gyms that might offer cheap day passes or a week pass. 
  • Swim- in the sea or pool, why not take goggles and even a float to facilitate great swim workouts while you’re away. 
  • Lots of cities have self-service bike hire schemes, including London, New York and Paris. These are a great way to see the city without the need for heavy duty locks/chains, plus if it starts to rain you can use the tube instead! If you’re not in a city, try a day bike tour of your local area. Our family loved the bike trip I organised in Sri Lanka. 
  • Research fun activities to do, such as zip lining, horse riding, or a Hotel Hike- offered at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas (where else?!) that takes you on a 60min tour of the hotel, done with hand weights – no escalators or lifts allowed! 
  • Go for a long walk or hike, either self guided or as part of a group. Walking is a brilliant way of sightseeing and exploring the area local to where you’re staying. You could even add a trek in to your holiday. Climbing Kilimanjaro is high on my holiday wish list- obviously followed by a bit of beach time to relax afterwards. 
  • Play sports, such as tennis, golf, squash or volleyball if these are available, or water sports such as sailing, stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking. 
  • Go for a run and explore the local running routes or trails. Or why not sign up for a race; whether it’s a local 5K or 10K, or an international half marathon/marathon, you will see areas along the route that you might not otherwise have explored as well as being part of an active crowd! 
  • Look out for local yoga and pilates studios or teachers, or download videos to practise in your hotel room. Yoga is great due to the lack of specialist equipment or kit! Alternatively, why not try a completely new workout that might not be offered near you, like a specialist spin studio or boxing class. 

What are your tips for staying fit whilst travelling? 


  1. Chrissi

    Ooh I need a (HOT and SUNNY!) holiday destination for October post Berlin marathon too! How are your Berlin plans? I’m using airbnb, then treating myself to a night Berlin/Sohohaus, only £90, bargain!

    • Charlie

      that sounds great! Looking forward to starting my Berlin training in just over a week, we’ve booked our hotel and a tour!

  2. Ashley

    Where are you going after Berlin? This seems like an AWESOME idea! Maybe I’ll do some research as well.

    • Charlie

      We’re going to St Lucia- I can’t wait!

    • Charlie

      Wow I would love to go to Melbourne, it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing your link!


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