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Easy Tips to Stay Active While Traveling: Climb Stairs, Hike Paths, Sweat a Lot

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Stairs in the heatTraveling boomers on a bus. Could make your fitness plans go bust. If you sit on your butt. So don’t be a nut. Hike if you must. Climb if you can. Cross that bridge and make a plan. To move when you can. It can be done. And be lots of fun. We advise this plan for everyone.

During our recent trip to Thailand (courtesy of our mom – Thanks mom!), we had a lot of “sit on the bus” time, plus lots of “stand in the heat while we describe this wat (temple) or park to you.” It would have been easy to get out of the movement habit. It would have been even harder if we had not already been active beforehand.

Whether you need motivation to improve your conditioning in anticipation of travel or simply want to enjoy some pics and group tour tips, take a look at the following:

1) When you have 15 minutes to wait for the group to gather, go for a quick hike in the vicinity, even if it’s just around the back of the building. We took a short trail that circled around the back of the visitor center at Khao Yai National Park. Yippee Khao Yai, Yippee Khao Yai!

View from Temple Top2) If you are visiting any building or ruins with stairs, climb them. You’ll have a great view of everything, including your friends who stayed below. And your pictures will be more fun, even though your descent might be a bit nerve-wracking (we had to hold onto the rails all the way down for a few of the very steep wat steps).Ayuttaya wat steps



3) Jump on the suspension bridges. You’ll almost immediately get the entire bridge to yourself!

Kymberly on Khao Yai bridge

4) Go to the top of observation towers and observe. Besides, it’s a great spot from which to make bird calls that fake out your fellow travelers.

The Outlook Tower Leech Hike

5) Faced with a steep hill? Go up it. At some point, there HAS to be a downhill part. Don’t believe us? Listen to Blood, Sweat, and Tears sing “Spinning Wheel.” Sweat with us since what goes up, must come down!

1 km straight up

6) If you travel when it’s really hot, you’ll be drenched no matter what, so you might as well have a contest to see who can create the sweatiest shirt.

Hiking makes you sweaty

7) Travel with someone who will be active with you, and encourage you to climb the 209 steps to the waterfall (yes, we counted).

Heo Narok Waterfall

8) Plank on top of a mountain ridgetop viewing deck. This might have been one of our more daring actions.

Kymberly planks all

9) Relax at some point. Active boomers know when to take a break.

Meditating after Sukhothai hike

Our trip had 3 huge, delicious meals a day, so we knew that if we didn’t find ways to move, we’d come home out of shape and out of our clothes. No matter what activities you manage to find while traveling, take pictures. They are a good reminder of your go-getter attitude.

What ways do you incorporate movement into your travels?

Group shot from village trek -

Outlook Tower

200 steps to the Waterfall

Holding up the stairs


Sukhothai wat


Up for 1 kilometre

Stairs to Buddha - Kymberly

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Photo Credits: Alexandra and Kymberly

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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14 Responses to Easy Tips to Stay Active While Traveling: Climb Stairs, Hike Paths, Sweat a Lot

  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta April 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Great pictures! What an exciting and amazing trip you must of had. It seems like you were gone forever! And I know that I can depend on you two to stay fit on the road.

    To me, the greatest way to see a city is to run through it. Some of my best travel memories are from short jogs through cities like Paris, Florence, Amsterdam, San Francisco and others. When you’re running (or walking) on your own you can get off the main roads, stop and check things out if you want.
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    • KymberlyFunFit April 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Debbie: Glad you like our pics as we have ooooooodles more to share! Or foist – depending on your outlook. What a great point about running or walking through a city to get a better feel for it. The day we spent on our own walking 7.5 miles in Bangkok was when we got our best feel for the people and daily comings and goings.
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  2. Pamela Hernandez April 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Thank you for sharing all your trip photos! They were amazing. Thailand is our list of places to go. Nice to know I won’t have any problem finding stairs to run. :)
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    • KymberlyFunFit April 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Well Pamela: If you want to run the stairs we saw, you will need all the Buddha blessings possible as those steps were uneven, varying rise and tread, and baking in the heat. Talk about a work out and we were simply climbing with no sprinty jog run pace at all. Definitely keep Thailand on your list as it’s worth the visit.
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  3. Pati Rouzer April 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Welcome home! What an adventure :)
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  4. Aileen April 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Looks like such an amazing trip!

  5. Jody - Fit at 55 April 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you two know, I followed you all the way thru your journeys on Instagram – yes, at my crazy hours so I saw your pics first lots of times! :) So much fun to see them & you at the wee hours for me! I knew you were getting lots of activity!!!

    HOLY CRAP on the plank pose pic!!!

    The pics are amazing & you were lucky to have had that experience with each other & your mom!!!
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  6. Sarah Jane @Fit Betty April 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Your trip looked amazing! I would love to visit Asia one of these days in the near future ;)
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  7. Angie @ Losing It and Loving It April 8, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Awesome pictures! And boy did you girls move. Good for you. Looks like you had a great vacation.

    As for moving on vacation we like to snorkel, play tennis, swim, walk on the beach…
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  8. Donna Hull April 15, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Wonderful tips for active boomer travelers. A few more: Get up 20 minutes early each morning to do a fitness routine that requires no equipment (you’ve planned it before leaving home) in your hotel room. Taking a cruise? Make a vow to never use the elevator. Faced with 3 fabulous meals each day? Eat half of what’s on your plate.
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  9. Casey White April 26, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    If I travel somewhere for more than a month I buy one month gym membership (cannot live without it). But if the trip only for a couple of weeks I try to swim a lot in the pool, have walking tours rather than bus tours, kayaking where possible, and of course I try to choose healthier meals in the restaurants. You are absolutely right – traveling is not the reason to sit on your butt. When you stay active, life will never seem boring and meaningless.
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