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Greetings from Texas, USA. Famous for cowboys, a hearty appetite and a rather huge 80s TV show named after one of the big cities. We’re here for a few weeks to soak up the atmosphere, visit a few dive bars and see my older brother who currently resides in Houston, and it’s been “awesome” so far although staying on the right track in terms of exercise is difficult when you are constantly on the move. So if you are heading on your holidays, here are 5 easy ways to stay fit and healthy while travelling.
1. Use your feet as transportation
If you’re on a relatively tight schedule and you don’t have that extra hour before breakfast to exercise, swap a car for your feet or bike. We decided to not hire a car when we got to Austin, Texas, which forced us to walk everywhere. Obviously, I was a little nervous as I have been just getting back on my feet so there was always the option of Uber but it seemed to pay off. If we hadn’t have walked, we also wouldn’t have noticed the number of birds around or dropped into Jo’s coffee in SoCo (that’s South Congress) on our way into town. It may seem odd but getting around by feet really is the best way to see a city sometimes and can prevent arguments about you wasting an hour “jiggling around” first thing in the morning (that’s doing your workout videos in the room).
2. Do it like the locals
Whether that means taking to the road on a bike or simply heading to the local park, find out how the locals like to keep fit. In Austin this meant taking a dip in the freezing but very refreshing Barton Springs just outside the city. Over in Houston, we walked around the trails of the local park which then took us to Ima Hogg’s garden in Houston (which my partner found particularly amusing). It would have been great to go for a run but that wasn’t to be as I’m injured at the moment. As for New Orleans, well we danced to the music at the jazz fest before walking half the way back to our AirBnB because there was no available transport. Keep yourself fit and see a bit of the city by keeping fit like the locals.
3. Make an adventure of it
One of the highlights of our holiday so far has had to have been our trip to Big Bend National Park. Situated on the border of Mexico, this natural wonder offers sensational views alongside canyons, wildlife and trails. The drive may have been long from Houston (around 9 hours) but when we hit the trails it was absolutely worth it and gave us a chance to stretch our legs and hike up a mountain. We then went back the next day to again walk to the canyon which shared its waters with Mexico. We didn’t even see it as exercise just our own adventure in the USA.
4. Bring portable equipment
We headed to New Orleans with my big bro who is also a fitness nut. So while our partners were still waking up, we headed to the backyard or where we were staying for a fitness session which incorporated a few press-ups, planks, squats and moves using his very clever set of bands. Honestly, this is probably one of the best kits that has a number of different resistance bands so you can do an all-over body workout. It then fits rather nicely into a small black bag.
5. And dance…
Make the most of the evenings and head out to a dance. If there’s live music and you see others enjoying the beat, get up and move your feet. Holidays are all about relaxing and sometimes this means you can let go a little, so enjoy the music and move to get those endorphins flowing. We’re yet to find a decent dance hall but once we hit San Antonio, you know I’ll be there a-two-stepping away. For dance is a great exercise that is also a whole lot of fun.
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