When there are airfares to be booked and tours to be arranged, you’d be forgiven for having exercise at the bottom of your to-do list in the lead up to a holiday. But unless your only plans are to lay by the beach and/or pool, chances are your holiday will involve a fair bit more walking than you’re accustomed to on a daily basis. You don’t have to be planning to climb Mt Everest either; a sprawling city like New York or London is best explored on foot or with public transport, which means walking aplenty.
In light of this, it’s wise to do a bit of physical preparation, to minimise the shock to your body, and to help stave off fatigue or soreness. Preparation really depends on your normal level of activity and your physical fitness. An overseas trip doesn’t mean you have to plan for a marathon (unless you’re running one!).
Anyone already physically active on a regular basis won’t need to prepare for a holiday with a lot of walking. For those that aren’t, however, it’s a good idea to take up some form of exercise – daily walks, for instance, to get your body accustomed to a greater level of movement.
High Impact Holidays
Some of the most beautiful, picturesque destinations in the world can only be reached with a bit of legwork. Hey, no pain no gain, right? If you are planning a trek, you’ll need a dedicated workout plan to help you build leg strength and stamina.
It’s also a good idea to seek out hills, rocky areas or any rough terrain you can find. Essentially, you want to be mimicking the conditions of your trip as closely as possible. And remember: if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
Footwear is absolutely essential to enjoying your holiday. Even if you don’t plan to be hiking all day long, a comfortable supportive shoe will help you explore further and stop your feet from getting sore.
Now get out there and explore!