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How to Exercise for Free While Travelling

Have you ever found yourself putting on a few extra kilos while gorging on all that amazing foreign food? Alex from Inspire a Better Life has given us his best tips for getting in a work out while travelling – for free! Check it out…

We all love to travel, but sometimes we can lose track of our health and fitness goals when we find ourselves eating our way through another country. There are a bunch of different things you can do to be active while you are away from home, but it’s even better when it’s free!

Next time you set off on an adventure, be sure to keep these free ways to exercise in mind!

Participate in walking tours

walking tour in dresden

One of the best ways to keep active is to walk! It’s super simple and effective.

If you are like me, you prefer to be distracted when you’re exercising, so much so that you don’t even realise you are doing it. I have found the best way for me to get my steps up while I’m travelling is to join a walking tour.

There are a bunch of free walking tours in most big cities worldwide. On my travels, I often look for free walking tours online before I arrive in that city and book it in advance.

I find that booking your walking tour for the first day in that city is best. Not only is it a great way to exercise but it also allows you to get somewhat of a grip on your surroundings! This way, you tick off a bunch of tourist attractions on day one and can go back to any places you find interesting, all while adding in some sneaky exercise.

One of my favourite walking tours I undertook was in Italy.

Free trials

women doing yoga on rock

Gyms and fitness studios are almost guaranteed to run free trials every now and again. When I have some spare time during my travels, or I am just feeling sluggish, I find that after doing a little research online, you can always find somewhere near you with a free trial.

I like to use this opportunity to try something I never would have before. Why not get out there and take a class you haven’t tried before, or look into doing something you’ve always wanted too!

Try and look for something cultural, or exclusive to the country or place you’re visiting. Think of taking a salsa dance class in Cuba, or a yoga class in Ubud. This is such a great way to have fun, learn something new, and keep yourself active.

Park gyms

adventure park

These days, so many parks have random gym equipment scattered around that you can use for free and all you need to do is find one near you!

What better way to exercise than amongst nature, in the fresh air. And after a quick search online, you will easily be able to find a park gym nearby. There are a bunch of websites that have a list of parks with gym equipment to guide you in the right direction.

This is something I love doing when travelling, and who doesn’t love to stroll through a good park? Even as a local, I have my favourite NSW parks I like to work out at for free.

Swimming

If you’re travelling during the warmer months, the is the perfect opportunity for you to get your body moving and keep yourself cool in the water.

I love the beach and when I’m travelling, one of my favourite things to do is explore different beaches and go swimming in the ocean. After a long flight or a rough day, I feel that jumping in the water is especially refreshing.

The best part about swimming is that it is one of those things where you don’t necessarily feel like you’re exercising. You’re simply just splashing about in the water, and burning a whole lot of calories while you do it!

If you have any injuries or aches and pains, swimming can be one of the best forms of exercise for you, as it doesn’t put pressure on your joints.

If the beach isn’t really your scene, go out and find a local pool or lake!

So there you have it. Four very easy ways to keep active and get your body moving for free while you’re travelling. Not affecting your travel budget at all, so there’s no excuse! Get out there and get active today!

Alex is a 23 year old lover of life, brunch & adventure. After moving to Sydney when finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer.

Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts along the way!

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