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77% of Australians are just as, or even more, active when on holidays

Stephanie Yip 13 March 2018 NEWS

From yoga to running, keeping fit is becoming an integral part of an Aussie's getaway plans.

It's often thought that a holiday is meant to be a relaxing getaway from the day-to-day, a time where calories don't exist and movement is purely optional. But according to a survey by Hostelworld, Australians are choosing movement over sedentary behaviour with 77% admitting they are either just as, or even more active when on a trip than at home.

To maintain their lifestyle abroad over half of travellers (59%) admit to packing their runners with them in a bid to keep up fit. Just a smidgen more than that (62% to be exact) throw in a pair of thongs as well, suggesting we're cultivating a nice balance of active walking or running activities and beachside bumming.

While there's little doubt that rest and relaxation are at the forefront of holidaymakers' minds with 55% calling it their motivating factor to cash in their annual leave, over a quarter have determined to dedicate at least 4 days out of their holiday week to get out and be active.

Popular options sparking interest include cycling, yoga and deep sea diving, and eating healthy is very much on the cards as 44% say they try to eat well when on holiday.

For naysayers who think maintaining an active lifestyle while on holiday is impossible, just packing that pair of runners is enough to kick-start a good habit. You don't have to hit the gym either but can use items in your hotel room to sneak in a workout or incorporate exercise into your sightseeing, inviting the possibilities of social activities and experiences such as cycling the city or kayaking its local lakes.

"Exercising can be an incredible way to make connections with the people around you and also explore the area you’re visiting," says personal trainer and Hostelworld brand ambassador Ashley Freeman. "Go for a run or a bike ride, walk rather than hailing a taxi, and you'll find you see so much more."

Even in a hostel with no gym, Ashley says one of the easiest workouts you can do with your self-gym ie YOU, is sprints. "You can pretty much always find some open space or some stairs," she says. "If you're staying in a hotel you can get into your stairwell and sprint up their stairs a couple of flights. You want to sprint for 30-40 seconds and then take a minute 20 off. So every 2 minutes do a sprint and then recover. This way you don't have to think about different exercises and timings. That's probably the easiest one but if you're going hard you'll get the best benefits from it. You'll really get puffing."

And if you have room to pack some equipment with you? Ashley recommends "taking things you can pack up really small and take wherever you can". These can include resistance bands, a skipping rope, core sliders, Olympic rings and portable kettle bells which are canvas bags that you fill up with sand or rocks.

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