For me, working out is not only to balance out the treats I enjoy while traveling, it is also energizes me, helps with jet lag, and keeps my body active (especially after long flights or bus rides). But with limited time in new and exciting places, who wants to spend their afternoon at the hotel gym? I've put together some of my favorite ways to stay active while traveling that are fun, easy and cultural! Let me know what you think!
Visiting a new city definitely doesn't mean you have to jump on a big red bus to see the sites. My favorite way to explore is to get moving and take on the sites, smells and sounds of my surroundings - particularly on foot (mine or an animal's) or by bike.
We've all heard the saying 'do as the locals do', but I prefer 'play what the locals play'.
- Polo in Argentina: I can't say enough about Estani and his team at El Rincon del Polo Club outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. With pick up, drop off, a traditional 'asado' BBQ lunch, and extensive polo training on and off your mount included, you really can't go wrong here.
- Gaelic Games in Ireland: I haven't done this yet, but Experience Gaelic Games in Dublin gives tourists a cultural and physical introduction to local sports like Hurling, Gaelic Football and Handball.
Thousands of bicycles are emerging in major cities across the globe to help ease commuting traffic,encourage people to get active and give tourists and locals an easy and affordable way to get around. While many big cities now have a bike share program, these are some of my favorites that make exploring so much easier (and healthier!)
- NYC's Citi Bikes
- Montreal's Bixi Bikes
It's 2014 and working out no longer requires a gym membership - which is great for the travelers out there. These are some of my favorite fitness apps that keep me motivated on the road:
- Nike Training Club
Whether you're a marathoner, a power walker or somewhere in between, sometimes the best way to explore a new city is on foot. These are some of my favorite parks and places for touring + exercise across the globe:
- Millennium Park in Chicago
Just because you're out of your neighborhood doesn't mean they don't have yoga, boxing or tennis where you travel. Even if you are trying to be a free-spirited non-planner, it is okay to get online to look up classes or studios - or even ask the locals. Yelp and TripAdvisor are also great resources even if you are out of the States.
For me, I try to go horseback riding wherever I travel. I love riding and it is a great way to explore the countryside of many cities I visit.