Travellers say it’s hard to stay in shape, but when you’re in New Zealand that seems like an excuse. Around every corner there’s something to do – something to challenge you. It doesn’t take a gruelling workout at the gym or a long run to stay in peak shape. Get creative and take advantage of your surroundings!
Here are 5 ways to stay in shape while Straying NZ:
1. Surf and yoga combo in Raglan!
Surfing gives you a total body workout. It’s not only taxing on your legs and arms as you’re trying to catch a wave, but your lungs get a workout too when you’re head to head with some of the world’s greatest waves. Finish off the day with a yoga practice – the view is absolutely incredible and there’s no better way to stretch out those sore legs than a yoga session with an ocean sunset at Inspiration Point!
2. Abel Tasman Hike
Turn this hike into an interval run. For 15 seconds pick up the pace, then go back to your regular pace for 45. You can do this walking or running. Add a 30 lb backpack to it and your body will be beach ready when you finally arrive at one of the most incredible beaches in the world.
3. Go hunting at Blue Duck Station
You will go hiking through some of the thickest and hilliest terrain NZ has to offer. Even if hunting isn’t your thing, you will get to do check out some absolutely incredible wildlife, including the wild goats! (Hint: Prepare to get muddy!)
4. Go canyoning
From climbing to rappelling, you’re doing it all! How much more fun can you squeeze into an afternoon? This is a total body workout that requires skills in both coordination and strength. It will be the fastest 3 hour workout you will ever do. You can go canyoning at Torrent River with Abel Tasman Canyons or hop off in Thames to do the Sleeping God Canyon – it’s not for the faint-hearted!
5. Whitewater Rafting or Kayaking
It’s a total upper body and core workout! It looks absolutely deceptive, but try paddling for 3 hours straight and tell me you’re not getting a fun and challenging workout. Best of all – you’re on some of the clearest, most beautiful waters in the world.
Written By Ricky Ng, a qualified Sport Nutritionist and works with the Edmonton Oilers team in Canada to keep them at their peak performance level. He travelled on Stray’s Everywhere Pass in March – April 2016 and knows the challenges of staying healthy on the road. His favourite travel snack is a bag of 20 boiled eggs.