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5 Weird and Wacky Ways to Stay in Shape While Traveling

In case you missed the exciting news, it’s Guest Bloggers’ Week! And today Estelle Townshend, creator of Strong in a Thong and Luminate Retreat, is spilling the fit beans on her tried and true (and a little wacky) tips on how to stay in shape when traveling. 



After traveling for one year, it was inevitable that I had to get creative when finding ways to work out on the go. There were times when I was stuck for hours at bus stops in Cambodia, stuck at airports in Vietnam or even stuck in a car in Jakarta for six hours — you just never know. These are by far my favorite weird ways to stay in shape while jet setting.

5 Weird and Wacky Ways to Stay in Shape While Traveling

1. Strut the aisle. We all know that sitting for prolonged amounts of time can be detrimental to our health. We can see this from the many changes that are occurring in office spaces with the introduction of the standing desk. Although it might be awkward at first to walk up and down the aisle of a plane, get your runway walk ready and start struttin’! But really — when you’re stuck on a five-, seven- or even 12-hour flight, who cares what anyone thinks. Flight attendants are actually quite understanding and don’t mind the manic pacing. When I am on a really long flight, I do lunges up and down the aisles. If you’re keen to get a few weird looks — that always works.

2. Bathrooms dips. I’m not sure why, but my tricep dips always happen on the edge of bathroom counters all over the world. I think it might be because they are made of something sturdy, whereas airport chairs can be rather iffy in third-world countries! What I love about standing tricep dips is that you can stand as far or near to the counter as you like to make your workout as easy or hard as you need. This is a great little video to help you if you’ve never done one before.

3. Your backpack is your new set of weights. Who needs a barbell to squat when you have a traveling backpack that is full of clothes you wish you hadn’t packed? Strap that baby on your back and get low, low, low! The backpack actually feels relatively comfortable, and you can add or take away weight as you like. I use my backpack to run hotel stairs, squat, perform split squats and even do push-ups. Tie the straps on really tight, and that sucker becomes one with you.

4. Hop on that rickshaw. This might be my favorite workout I did while traveling. While exploring Jogjakarta in Indonesia, I was being pushed around in a rickshaw. Let me tell you, between my 220-pound boyfriend and me — we are not easy to push over a hill! Although our driver thought I was insane, he agreed in tears of laughter and let me push him to our next destination! Take the chance and try different kinds of physical transportation in countries that still have them!

5. Get that mattress bouncing in your hotel room! Get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about a workout trampoline. Laugh at me because you think it is silly; then go and try to jump up and down on your hotel bed as hard as you can for more than a minute with getting gassed. It’s great for cardio.

Wherever you are in the world — there is always something you can do to stay active. Hopefully my ridiculous activities will inspire you on your next adventure or at least make you laugh a little today.

What’s your favorite wacky way to stay in shape while traveling? —Estelle Townshend

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