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Exercise while traveling

Postby sarah66664 » Sat May 19, 2012 12:54 pm

Hi. I'm wondering what people do for exercise while traveling on long trips with GAP? I'd like to take the Roam Cambodia and Vietnam tour, which is about three weeks and doesn't seem to involve much physical activity. I'm used to getting a good work out 4-5 times a week, and worry about not exercising for three weeks on the trip, not just for physical fitness, but it helps keeps me mentally sane :). It doesn't sound like the hotels we will be staying in will have fitness rooms. I'm not sure if it's feasible to go jogging around cambodia in running clothes or if we'll have the time since activities start in the morning. Is it OK to run by yourself in the streets at night there?
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby sarah66664 » Sat May 19, 2012 2:07 pm

After googling this, it seems like jogging would be a bad idea. High heat, uneven sidewalks, people/bikes in the way, random dogs, safety issues, making a spectacle. Maybe there is a fitness room or gym available in some of the places we stay?
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby Janice08 » Sat May 19, 2012 8:36 pm

I can't speak for the trips you are going on but I've found on all the trips I've been on that we've ended up doing a fair amount of walking - on walking tours, going out to dinner, just getting from point A to B (sometimes carrying packs).

If you don't feel comfortable going jogging, try climbing the stairs of your hotel instead of the elevator (if in a multistory hotel) or hill climbing. Go out in the morning for a walk before breakfast or in the afternoon in the free time before meeting the group for dinner. Take a friend with you if it isn't safe to go out by yourself. Your tour leader should be able to tell you where (and when) it is safe to go.

You can also try exercise bands for a strength workout. They weigh next to nothing and don't take up any room in your bag.
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby Zuleika » Sun May 20, 2012 8:41 am

Lots of people go jogging in Vietnam - there are running tracks in the parks - the locals get up early and jog before work and before the traffic really gets going. In Hanoi the running track is round Hoan Kien lake and its very popular. Not sure about Cambodia. There is also tai chi.
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby onyx007 » Sun May 20, 2012 2:40 pm

In my experience, on any trip I take I loose weight (partly because I don't do any exercice at home that much) and the food is much healthier and far less fat then at home. I did a similar trip (Indochina Encompassed) and I looked at your tour and can you tell this:

The tour through Angkor Wat will be mostly made by foot, so you'll get enough exercise there, if you are at the same hotel, you'll have a Swimming Pool to get more, but if it's hot like at our trip, you will be exhausted at the end of the day.

In Phom Phen I went by Tuktuk to the "Russian Market" and walked from there within 2 hours back to the hotel.

In Saigon the sights (War Remenants Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral...) are easy to visit by foot and you will get another 2 hours exercise with walking to this places and back to the hotel.

In Hoi An we did a cycling trip, there is also a Swimming Pool and we walked around 10 times or more from the hotel to the old town and each way took around 20min.

It's the same in Hanoi, we walked several times to the old town which takes as well 20 min each way.

By the way, I saw that it is for you only a option to see CuChi-Tunnels in Saigon, you should do that, it's great, on the way back they can drop you of either at the hotel or in the city center so see the sights I mentioned above.
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby sarah66664 » Sun May 20, 2012 10:59 pm

Thanks for your replies. The resistance bands are a good idea. Hopefully I'll get enough exercise from the trip, but either way it will be worth it for the experience. And thanks for the tips about the tunnels and other options.
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby junee » Mon May 28, 2012 8:05 am

Hi,
If you do yoga, you can download yoga classes cheaply from www.yogadownload.com and take on your mp3 player. They have Power (Ashtanga) classes too, some of those can be quite intensive. Of course it does depend a bit on space in your hotel room, and some poses cant be done properly without a mat, but I have found it useful.
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby dragovic » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:15 pm

Hi I totally understand about the exercising while on vacation. Usually I lose weight with all the walking I do plus never being bored, and distracted, instead of eating out of boredom and exercising 6 days/week. I was looking at the trips and there is a hike, bike, trek tour of Vietnam that looks really cool. Perhaps you could do that for part of your trip to get some exercise in? Another thing you can do is to do a Jillian-Michaels 30 day shred workout which is what I do when I travel and can't get exercise/not a exercise friendly-place. You can do her workouts anywhere and it's only 20 min long, but a great workout as it incorporates cardio, strength, and abs! I brought resistance bands 2 years ago and that worked great! I signed up for a Half Marathon 16 weeks after I get back from my next trip...hopefully I'm not too out of shape!!
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Re: Exercise while traveling

Postby mical » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:53 am

Its a very interesting topic to discuss. Well i think walk is best exercise that people can do during their travel or trip. I think it is very easy to do running and walking.
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