I love to travel. I love to stay fit and healthy. And for so many, it’s essentially a dichotomy. You can have one, but not the other. For me, no two things go hand in hand more than exercise and travel, except maybe football and nachos.
I’ve spent a lot of the past 15 years travelling. From a fresh faced teenager straight out of school, to a professional travelling with teams, to now a global speaker and business owner. Along the way, the one constant was always that exercise was the greatest way to meet locals.
With the proliferation of healthy lifestyle all over the world, you can’t walk far without finding a gym these days. Most hotels will have basic (and free) gyms, but there will easily be something bigger down the road. A lot will give you a free trial. Personally I love CrossFit, and a freebie for a drop in, or trading a t-shirt from my home box (gym) for a free session is common practice.
Once you’re there, you can meet so many locals, find out the must see places, learn of the best restaurants, the secret gems that only locals know about. Local knowledge is the difference between seeing a place and experiencing a place. All it takes is a simple hello to the person next to you. Chances are your accent will immediately spark a conversation.
With a morning session at the gym / box complete, the blood is pumping, your energy is up and jet lag can be defeated swiftly. Even better, with a good strong session in the morning, you’ve given yourself some extra wiggle room to enjoy the indulgences and bigger meals that come with travel. What good is travelling if you’re not going to experience the food. With a sharp session each morning you can enjoy the food, and maintain without the gain.
Maps and apps in the modern world can bring any gym to your attention. Set your body up Day 1 of a trip by getting up early and getting into some weights. Meet the locals, find out some secrets and justify that glass of wine and desert come dinner time.