If you travel because you love to sight-see, explore new places and immerse yourself in the local culture, run-cations just might be the best way to achieve all of that. Running on holiday also has the added bonus of providing the cure to the guilt from all that holiday feasting and helps you beat jet-lag along the way!
Some of us may just want to lounge around lazily while we’re on holiday, but a comfortably paced run around the city can immerse us into the travel experience like nothing else. Seasoned travellers who run on holiday swear by the following benefits.
- A recovery from the discomfort of travelling
Jet-lag is a traveller’s worst companion but running can help you shake off the sluggishness and get your mind and body adjusted to the holiday mood (and new time zone) as quickly as possible. Professional runners believe in going for a run first thing when you land as it will clear your mind and get your circadian rhythm adapted to its new environment.
- The best sightseeing views
Travel is all about exploring new places and marvelling at the sights you don’t get to see in your home town. What better way is there to soak in these views than on foot? Head towards bodies of water if there are any as the scenery around lakes, rivers or beaches are often amazing. Or put on some trail runners and scale up some peaks and view the landscape with a bird’s eye view – it's sure to be a keeper!
- Meeting new people
Running gives you the chance to meet like-minded travellers or even locals along your route. A holiday wouldn’t be complete without some good old-fashioned social interaction! To make it easier for travellers to meet other people on their runs overseas, some hotels such as the Westin even organise special group runs around the area for their guests.
Running on holiday doesn’t have to a tedious, time-consuming process. You can facilitate your runs overseas and avoid injury by making sure your body is ready to go. How do you achieve this?
- Get sufficient sleep
Squeeze in time for a quick shut-eye whenever you can, whether it’s on the plane or before a meal because rest will keep your body energised for a good run. People who go on regular run-cations recommend that you follow your regular sleep routine overseas as much as possible, so that it’s easier to fall asleep come night time.
- Keep yourself hydrated
Flights not only give us jet-lag, they also tend to dehydrate us quicker than usual. Drink a cup of water before you sleep and when you wake up – your body will need all the fluid it can get when you head out for a run!
We often associate travel with gaining weight from all the glorious food we get to eat and all the lazing around that's typical. However, it doesn’t have to be this way if you don't want it to! Add some runs into your travel itinerary for the best all-rounded travel experience that you won’t regret!