Travel and Train: How to Wander and Still Workout

Every now and then we find ourselves in need of nice getaway. It’s true, vacation can do good for the soul. But the sad truth is it doesn’t always bode as well for the body. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With the rising popularity of HIIT workouts and circuit-style exercises, there’s really no excuse to skip a workout.

But what if you’re craving something a bit more exotic for your vacation workout? What if you don’t want to spend hours in the hotel gym with the site of crashing waves and golden beaches sitting just out of reach. There’s no reason you can’t explore the lay of the land, learn the lingo of the local, and still get a new and exciting workout in all at once. So, to help you break out of the everyday box of normal exercises, below are a few great exercise routines to try while traveling.

Muay Thai on the Beach

Muay Thai is gaining increasing exposure in United States. Known as “the art of eight limbs”, this unique combat sport is a great way to get shredded, learn some self defense, and improve both physical and mental agility. If you happen to vacation this Summer to the beautiful beaches of Thailand, some higher end hotels have started offering this combat sport as an alternative to the standard hotel gym. In fact, some hotels have begun to offer a personal coach and a ring to encourage tourists to try this excellent blend of anaerobic and aerobic exercises.

Log Lifting in Zanzibar

If you’re looking for something that gets you a bit more in touch with the wilderness, some people have found the beautiful getaway of East Africa’s Zanzibar to be the perfect fit. Health and Fitness Travel offers a package that includes log lifting, sand dune running, and boxing in a coconut grove. It’s truly a unique experience that blends the push for new and innovative fitness techniques with something that feels completely natural, all the while providing the childlike joy of running and exploring the outdoors.

Meditation and Yoga in the Himalayas

If the previous workouts are something that sound a bit too strenuous during your time away, then yoga and meditation in the hills on India may be for you. Kumaon is the ideal dream destination for anyone seeking to develop their novice yoga experience into something more. A guided tour by Shakti Himalaya is offered with a hike up the mountain complete with in-house teachers and pauses for yoga and meditation along the journey. For those willing to splurge, there’s even the option of a private chef along the hike.

Working out in new and exciting ways is an excellent way to reinvigorate your passion for exercise and expand your ideas of how you can achieve a healthy mind and body. Next time you’re planning a vacation and are concerned with how you will get your workout in, try to find unique spots the locals use to switch up their routine, and give it a try. It may be the reset in your exercise regimen you need.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on

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