Tiffany Kascak, the Lions Abroad marketing intern, writes:
While being abroad, your schedule might be more hectic than usual. Throughout your travels, you’ll encounter new, interesting things to do and people to get to know. Thus, incorporating exercise into your time overseas sometimes can be a challenge.
Most likely you will not be going to the nearest gym to work out or packing your dumbbells in your suitcase, so creativity is key in staying fit. These are some ideas for exercise when you’re constantly traveling:
Run, run, run: Some of my roommates would go for a jog around the local neighborhood. They enjoyed this activity because they were able to familiarize themselves with the surrounding area along with getting exercise. Just don’t run so far that you could get lost!
Hit the trail: Another way to accomplish exercise is to go for a high-paced hike. One day, some classmates and I went on an extremely invigorating one that was pretty much all uphill. The hike proved strenuous, yet rewarding because when we reached the top we had a beautiful view. It was a fun activity for all of us because we got to talk and know each other better during the hike. Plus, when you’re chatting away, you’re distracted from the intensity of the hike.
Let’s play ball: Playing group sports is another method of staying fit. By group sports, I don’t mean a football game or ice hockey tournament, but rather more realistic ones like ultimate Frisbee (Frisbees pack easily in a suitcase!) or soccer (local parks often have fields you can use). Or, you can always pack a ball of some sort to throw around on the beach or outside your accommodation.
Water, water everywhere: Many of the AUIP programs are located near oceans, rivers or lakes. If you’re a water person, then check into options for kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. Australia students can certainly take advantage of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, Fiji students can just step out of their accommodation in many places for a quick swim or snorkel. Do remember to have a buddy when doing any water activity, so someone is there in case of an emergency.
Exercising while overseas often takes place outside, so the opportunities will heavily depend on your surroundings and the recent weather. Regardless of these factors, you’ll surely we be able to find something to suit your workout style.