Live Better

5 ways to stay active on holiday

Run to paradise with these tips on holiday workouts.

An older couple riding bikes on holiday

You’ve established an exercise routine and it’s going great. You’re getting active and feeling good, but uh-oh, you’re travelling soon.

Whether you’re travelling for work or play there’s no reason why your exercise routine needs to take a break. You’ve worked hard to maintain good exercise habits but here’s the good news: you can take them with you. Check out these tips on how to exercise while you travel.

Factor in how much walking you’re doing

If you’re away from home there’s a good chance you’ll be without your car so consider it a chance to walk more. There are many health benefits associated with walking and it’s getting active without necessarily thinking of it as exercise. If you’re visiting a tourist destination you’re going to be doing a lot of walking around, so tick it off as your daily exercise. Take the scenic route if possible, you’ll be seeing the sights and staying active at the same time; it’s a win-win.

READ MORE: 7 reasons walking is good for you

Explore the hotel gym

Most hotels are equipped with gyms with the latest and greatest equipment that’s usually available to guests. If you’re staying at a hotel with a gym, ask if it’s available and what the opening hours are (some are open 24/7 to cater to international guests). The gym may be better than your regular one back home so take advantage of all great equipment while you can.

Look up local fitness groups

Do a little research before you travel to find out if fitness classes are available near where you’re staying; they might be hosted at your hotel. If you’re a member of a gym, they may have locations nearby where your membership is eligible. If you’re travelling in Australia, Medibank’s Free + Active offers free activities each week .

Try a new activity

When travelling it’s always good to try new things, so why should your workout be any different? Try a surfing lesson, go for a bike ride or a hike. The more it feels like part of your trip the less it will feel like exercise. You’ll be keeping fit and you won’t even know it.

Use the pool

How many times have you looked out the window at a hotel pool but never used it? The pool is often an option that gets overlooked when it comes to exercise. Take the plunge this time. You might want to do a few gentle laps or try a simple pool-based workout .

READ MORE: Michelle Bridge’s pool-based workout 

Latest Articles


How to start riding or walking to work

Fit exercise into your day on the way to work.

Read more

Why women should do weights

Strength training isn’t just for muscle bros.

Read more

Why getting active as a family is so good for you

From a weekend bike ride to playing chasey in the backyard.

Read more

What are Kegels?

And why you need to do them.

Read more

How sport can inspire recovery and connection

Jocelyn takes aim at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Read more
youtubeui-checkbox-tickui-checkbox-emptyui-checkbox-crosstwitterui-checkbox-tickWellbeing and mindfulness 1Physical Health 1Positive psychology 101 1Wellbeing and mindfulness 4All about gut health 1Understanding Genetics 4Planning for Pregnancy 2During Pregnancy 3The mind-gut connection 4The mind-gut connection 1New Parents 3Page 1Group 10During Pregnancy 2Page 1Physical Health 2Planning for Pregnancy 1Positive psychology 101 1Positive psychology 101 4Planning for Pregnancy 4Understanding Genetics 1Physical Health 4Planning for Pregnancy 3Nutrition 4New Parents 1New Parents 3 CopyMovement for your mind 4Wellbeing and mindfulness 2Nutrition 2sob-icon__mind-bodysob-icon__man-with-laptopAll about gut health 2Positive psychology 101 3Positive psychology 101 2Physical Health 3Wellbeing and mindfulness 3All about gut health 3genetics-changing-what-your-givenUnderstanding Genetics 2During Pregnancy 1Movement for your mind 2Movement for your mind 1Movement for your mind 3During Pregnancy 4sob-icon__managing-anxiety