New ways to stay fit when travelling

It's easier and more fun than ever to keep moving


 

Whether you’re travelling for business or embarking on a well-deserved winter break, staying in shape while on the go just keeps getting easier—and way more fun.

Run Savvy

Sure a treadmill at your hotel is handy, but if you’re a runner, jogger or walker, all you really need to stay happy is a safe path and your favourite shoes. Packing those running shoes is easy, but finding routes through unfamiliar territory can be daunting. Here are a few ideas for keeping up your regime and seeing new sights.

  • If you have a smart phone, load free apps like MapMyRun or Endomondo, on which routes around different destinations are already loaded by like-minded athletes.
  • If you’re travelling in Canada, check local Mountain Equipment Co-ops and Running Rooms for weekly free runs.
  • Book with a hotel that offers morning runs with a staff member. On Tuesdays, the manager at the Palomar Chicago leads guests bright and early on scenic runs through the city (weather permitting).
  • Check for dedicated running tours in major destinations. Run through the likes of New York, San Francisco and Chicago with City Running Tours, or through Toronto with Toronto Guided Runs.

Fitness First

These days, it’s all about options. Hotels and resorts are now offering free bikes to cycle the city, in-room fitness equipment, and gym facilities designed to provide truly enjoyable workouts.

  • Take advantage of free hotel bike rentals to see the sights. Cycle Vancouver’s Stanley Park on a cruiser courtesy of the retro Burrard Hotel, or tour Old Town Scottsdale, Ariz., on a bike provided by the El Dorado.
  • No shirt? No shoes? No problem. Premier and Platinum members of the Fairmont President’s Club can expect to find loaner Reebok shoes and apparel at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Edmonton’s Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Starwood’s Westin Hotels, like The Westin New York at Times Square, lend out New Balance gear from shirts to shoes. And, if you book a WestinWorkout Room, you can use that loaner gear in privacy. This type of guest room is decked out with either an in-room treadmill or stationary bike, weights, yoga mats and workout DVDs.
  • Look for properties that actually boast about their fitness facilities—you know the gyms are memorable if the hotels are willing to brag. Try the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, where the equipment is top-notch, the towels are chilled, fresh fruit is offered upon arrival and the view of the Strip from your treadmill is amazing.
  • Awake at 3 a.m. and want to work out? Do it! The Hyatt Palm Springs has a 24-hour StayFit gym with cardio and strength equipment, and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s gym is also available 24/7.

Think Outside the Box

New surroundings, new groove. Find workout inspiration away from home with fitness boot camps, Zumba sessions or even disco-themed spin classes.

  • Have you tried Hoe he’e nalu yet? That’s Hawaiian for stand-up paddle surfing (SUP), and it’s a blast to learn. All you need is a board, a long paddle and plenty of balance. Once mastered on the calm water, try the surf. Resorts like Maui’s Grand Wailea or Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach are steps away from beachside lessons and rentals.
  • Heading to a Caribbean resort like Sandals Grande St. Lucian or Sandals Negril in Jamaica? Try their version of Zumba, called “Beach-a-cize.” Part island dance, part aerobic workout, it’s a fun way to stay fit between those all-inclusive meals.
  • Discover TRX suspension training at the Live Fit Studio in the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver, B.C. What appears to be a bunch of tethers and straps is actually a system to work your muscles using nothing but your own weight, balance and strength. Looks crazy, but it’s a great workout.

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