After a lot of traveling in September (Lancaster, New Jersey, DC, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Paris, and Munich) and more coming in October (New Orleans, Virginia, State College, and across the state again) I’m trying to stay as on track as possible with my fitness. Why?? Because I like to move my body and break a sweat. I’m not training for anything at this time (and have no plans of training for anything anytime soon) but I still like to exercise most days to keep myself feeling good. While in Europe the last two weeks of September I didn’t always have access to a gym or feel like running outside in an unknown city so I needed to get a little more creative with my fitness while abroad. I definitely didn’t workout every day but I got up a little earlier when ever I was feeling up for it to get in some exercise before a long day of exploring a new city.
We split our 4 city stay into hotels and AirBnbs. The hotel gyms in Europe aren’t quite the same as they are in the US… especially in Amsterdam. I think the Dutch use commuting by bike as their main form of exercise so hitting up the gym wasn’t really a priority for them, perhaps. Anyways when I had access to a gym and some weights I’d take advantage. When staying in Belgium cities and Paris we were in Airbnbs so I made up body weight equipment free workouts to do. I’d usually only exercise 20-30 minutes so I’d add as many rounds as I felt like doing. It was a great way to use my muscles during our trip besides all the walking. I did run one day in Paris but it was probably only 2 miles. (I’ve really only been running once anyways so I wasn’t missing running at all). I get a little restless when I don’t have movement (besides walking in my day) so on the days I got in a sweat I generally was a little more peppy that day- especially by the end of the trip).
If you’re traveling anytime soon make sure you pin this workout to do! It’s a total body workout and since it’s equipment free it makes life extra easy. Do you prefer hotels or Airbnbs? I was a big Airbnb fan but now I’m starting to lean back towards hotels after a not so great Bnb experience in Paris 😉