Benefits of Traveling: Physical Fitness

I don’t know about you, but I hate working out. On more than one occasion I’ve decided that I was going to get in shape, but it never lasted long. For whatever reason, I don’t get that “satisfied” or “fulfilled” feeling that a lot of people seem to get when they finish at the gym. I just walk away feeling exhausted and question why I went to the gym in the first place. Thankfully, you don’t need to go to the gym to get physically fit. You just have to start traveling!

Benefits of Travel: Physical Fitness | Footsteps of a Dreamer

As I’m sure you can guess by now, I’m no fitness enthusiast. If you gave me the choice between going on a ten mile hike and sitting on the couch watching tv, you can bet which one I’d choose. Yet, I did hike ten miles (and maybe even a little more than that) when I went to Hawaii because I was so darn determined the see surface lava.

Kilauea Volcano Surface Lava


Who Needs A Gym?

My suggestion for getting physically fit? Get inspired! Find a place that you can’t get to by car. When I lived in Tokyo as an exchange student, I walked EVERYWHERE. Of course, I didn’t have a license to drive, but even if I had, I wouldn’t have been crazy enough to try and drive through Tokyo. Even in New York, I walked everywhere, if only because I got really lost when trying to use the subway.

My suggestion for getting physically fit? Get inspired!

My personal inspiration is photos from other travelers. Before going somewhere, I research the best photography locations in the area. Then I chase them, not to take the same photos as everybody else, but to see the awe inspiring places other people have been to. Sometimes that requires quite a bit of physical activity. The climb to the top of Diamond Head was a steep one, and quite the workout, but totally worth the view of Honolulu and the ocean from the top.

Diamond Head Waikiki Beach

At the end of the day, a ten mile hike will always be a ten mile hike, but it seems much less daunting when you know a great prize is waiting for you at the end. Not surprisingly, the most breathtaking views are almost never easy to get to, but don’t let that stop you. A little workout never killed anybody and will make you better for it. Get inspired and go!

Not convinced? See if these pictures spark some inspiration! You’ll break a sweat getting there, but it’s oh so worth the view.



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6 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    It’s funny. I always lose weight and feel great when I go on holiday. I think it is because I am so happy, that I eat much less and we are always out walking. Great photos to inspire a destination and a good hike works too!

    • Kiyoko says:

      I definitely find that I eat a lot less when I travel. I’m so busy out chasing cool adventures and have a bad habit of not planning time for meals.

  2. Jenn says:

    I always find when I go traveling I end up losing weight even after all that eating because I walk everywhere and some of the best things to see are in nature which means long hikes! I definitely be up for seeing surface lava no matter how long the hike took me!

  3. Paige says:

    I’m so jealous that I didn’t get to see lava flow when I was in Hawaii. We were there a month before the lava flow was accessible by foot without having to hike 20+ miles :/ but I’m always down for a 10 mile hike – it’s my favorite form of exercise.

  4. Kirstie says:

    Best way to know a city, you walk. Always worked for me. But, I still might need gym. I tend to eat everything edible I pass by when I walk around hahhaa

  5. Rosemary says:

    Completely agree, one of the side benefits of traveling is walking and exploring…and the food is the reward. What amazing views of the lava. How incredible. Was it hot? Fitness and travel go hand in hand and make for losing weight without even trying 🙂

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