Don’t try this at home- The GTG’s top 10 tips for staying in shape on the go

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) (Photo credit: Lord_Henry)

Some of these may seem obvious and some a little less obvious but to keep yourself looking fine and feeling in top shape to enjoy your trip try some of these;

  1. Incorporate a daily routine of sit ups and/or stretches before after bed– This doesn’t need any equipment, and is totally free. There may be a nice park or something nearby which will also achieve your goal of taking in the local atmosphere.
  2. Try a local dance class- again achieving multiple goals, and this one can actually be fun. For the ladies, you may just lose your heart to a local who can move as well.
  3. Hire a bike– This can sometimes be free, will allow you the freedom to see things in your own time, and you aren’t restricted to the timetable of public transport. Many hostels will loan bikes or recommend somewhere.
  4. Eat a decent breakfast-Not only will this give you the energy you need for your running around but you will feel less compelled to snack during the day and will have more room for some local cuisine later.
  5. Do a free walking tour- These are becoming more and more popular and are a great way to see a place but do try and plan for a good-weather day.
  6. Try and stick to local food-Let’s face it, almost anywhere you go in the world, the local cuisine has to be better for you than any imported ‘semi-food’  like McDonald’s (for those who know me yes I may have just become the most hypocritical person in the world…)
  7. Pick a place you want to go and find your way there by foot-This is fun because of all the little things you see on the way but may take more time so pick an appropriate place where you have the time to do it.
  8. Keep drinking lots of water– Sounds simple but is easy to forget when your not 100%  familiar with your surroundings. This will help to balance out any binging on alcohol or local deserts/fried goods.
  9. Pick a local mountain or high point and climb it– Many places I have been have had a stand-out hill, mountain or high point that makes for a great view, a great challenge and a great story.
  10. Wear comfortable shoes– Anyone is much more likely to keep going, see more, push themselves when they have the right gear. As a woman, I can walk in heels with the best of them, but there is definitely a limit as to how long, hence the shortness of a catwalk.
  11. English: Atlantic Ocean (June 9, 2006) - Sailo...

    English: Atlantic Ocean (June 9, 2006) – Sailors perform sit-ups as part of their physical training.

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