People always ask how I stay in shape when I travel.
As far as facilities and options, I’ve always found plenty to keep me occupied. The hardest part is staying motivated when exploring and overindulging.
During this trip to Mexico City, I had every fitness option I wanted and then some WITHIN A COUPLE BLOCKS. No cab or subway necessary.
In other words I had no excuses.
Even after a long night of partying, I hit up the gym at 8am before a day of sightseeing.
The day pass was $17.
We also visited 2 different yoga studios: Bikram Yoga (which they taught in Spanish and English) for $25 a class or unlimited 10 days for $35. The studio was exceptional and surpassed my expectations. The other was vinyasa for $17 a class.
Pole dancing for $15/class. It was refreshing to try something new in a foreign city. If you can let go of your inhibitions, you’ll find stepping out of your comfort zone as much fun as I do.
So many parks and pedestrian streets with paved paths. A run or walk around a neighborhood is a great way to watch local culture unfold authentically. I took a 30 minute jog before my yoga classes.
Historical sites. Yes, people think you’re a little crazy, but who cares. In our case, the pyramids gave us a killer cardio workout. We took on 3!
Finally, there were tons of smaller gyms in our neighborhood that offered the basics for a lower day rate ($6-8).
Granted, I speak Spanish fluently so the classes were accessible, but if you frequent classes at home and pay attention, you should be able to keep up in a foreign country without a problem.
Other travel fitness options I recommend:
- P90 x DVDs
- Physique 57 DVDs
- iTrain workouts for your iPod
- Resistance Bands
- Assessing and planning a workout within your environment (like my beach workout or city routines. I even make the most out of the countryside.)
No excuses now, ok?! Especially if you have a hotel gym at your disposal!Tweet this!