From Taichi, to yoga, to high intensity cardio!
One of my favorite things about traveling is immersing myself into the local culture. I want to experience the country I’m in and all that it can offer. From the people, food, sights, shops you name it; I want to see and do it all. So it makes complete sense that as someone that workouts 5-6 days per week, I want to do what the locals do for their health and fitness when I’m traveling.
How people approach health and fitness varies all over the world and even within countries. Most of what drives the approach that a region will take on health and fitness is largely related to that particular areas viewpoints on body type as it relates to social norms. Those social norms, provide us with the options that we have to choose from as we visit that part of the world.
So what are people doing for their workouts? Keep reading to find out what some of the world’s most popular travel destinations offer for local fitness options.
Tai Chi was invented in China and works perfectly as a more gentle exercise that also incorporates focus into its movements. But in recent years, China has had a love affair with bodybuilding (as a bodybuilder, this makes me happy), a vast difference from it’s Tai Chi roots. The men favor any of the 4 categories of body building, while women opt for a softer look and tend to compete in the bikini division of the sport (note this “softer look” does not mean that the work required to compete at this level is any less difficult). Other new favs: zumba, jumping jacks, and facial exercises based off of top Google searches in China.
Cardio is amazing for burning fat. When coupled with weights, it can be an amazing duo. Our friends in Great Britain must realize that since their fitness loves all involve cardio and weights. So what exercises are they doing across the pond? H.I.I.T (high intensity interval training), crossfit, and 300 workout (like what Gerard Butler was doing to get in shape for the movie). All great options and I personally do H.I.I.T about 2 times per week as my cardio. It definitely packs a punch, tones and sculpts so beautifully!
The birthplace of yoga still loves the ancient form of exercise. I can only imagine what yoga would be like in India (along with millions of yogis)….but I digress. In India, stretching and breathing exercises are very common online searches, in addition to yoga. Yoga in India is not like yoga in other parts of the world. There’s primarily one type of yoga, and it is very accessible to the masses. One of the more notable differences is in the relationship between the instructor and the yogi. It’s approached with more respect in India, where the instructor-yogi relationship is more formal and revered as an honor to learn from such a respected teacher in the community when compared to the relationship in other parts of the world.
So the next time you pack your bags and go on a trip, try a different workout while you’re there. The whole point of traveling is to try new experiences and I definitely believe that includes opening up to new forms of fitness when abroad.
What workouts do you do on your travels? Comment below to continue the conversation and check out some of my fitness exercises as I train for my next fitness competition on my Instagram: @kinksandbikinis
Photos: Nic Hyl