Weekends and holidays can often mean going away with friends, family, or other loved ones. Sometimes holidays should be about relaxation and simply that, but sometimes you want to be able to include a workout here and there. Simply because it leaves you feeling more relaxed, energised, and even restored. Exercise doesn’t have to be about punishment, it should be about nourishment. Here are our favourite things to do to build a sweat when we’re outdoors without a gym or studio.
Yoga is one of those beautiful forms of exercise that simply requires you and a yoga mat. You can take your mat anywhere and everywhere, roll it out, and you’re ready to go. From a few rounds of sun salutations, a few yin stretches, or a full hour of movement to breath, yoga is the perfect getaway exercise.
Running is another activity that only requires you and a little motivation. If you’re a seasoned runner you know what we’re talking about. Do a little Google search for the area you’re going to, there are bound to be a few tracks you can get started on. If you’re new to running, try running for a minute, then walking for two. Repeat a number of times for a great HIIT workout.
If you’ve got your body weight, you can create your own mini circuit. Get yourself a timer and complete one exercise for 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds, then move to the next and repeat. Have a go at lunges, squats, pushups, burpees, tricep dips (if there is a bench or a step nearby), and some sit-ups. That will take you 6 minutes. Repeat that whole circuit three or four times for a good whole body workout.
Surfing or swimming
This one does require and ocean and a surfboard, but if you can get your hands on these, the paddle out, the core work in getting up on the board, and the swimming involved in the whole process will leave you feeling like you’ve had a killer workout. Plus you’ll have the post-ocean glow, ready for your dinner on the town.
This is a beautiful option, especially if you want to include some mindfulness as well. The act of hiking gives you something to look at, something to focus on, and movement. All good things for keeping the mind engaged. Again, have a Google in the local area you’re traveling to find some good trails and the best views.