Does your job have you travelling all over Australia? Does it sometimes feel like you spend more time in the seat of a plane than on the seat of your bike?
Travelling interstate for work can throw your regular workout routine off track. Flight delays, tight schedules and limited access to equipment and facilities often means you need to sacrifice your daily workout or cycling commute. Not anymore. Our go-to travel fit guide shows you how you can maintain your fitness and even fit in a bit of pedal power when working interstate.
Always remember to stay within your limits and speak to a doctor if you have any health issues that may impact your fitness before trying our tips.
1. Hire a bike and ride to meetings
Couldn’t pack your bike along with your toothbrush? No worries. You can now rent a high performance bike, fitted to your physique and delivered and picked up from your hotel.
Cycling is a great way to build in fitness between meetings – try renting a bike and cycling to the office each day. Livelo Performance Bike Rental makes top rides like Colnago road bikes available to people travelling to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Simply pop on the Europcar website, select your location and place your order here, and the Livelo team will deliver your bike to your hotel, then collect it when you’re finished. It’s travelling and cycling made easy!
2. Join a group ride
Once you have your wheels, why not join one of the many group rides in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane? A great way to network and mingle with locals, Livelo’s city group rides are full of travellers from all over Australia who are looking for the company of cycling enthusiasts. When booking your bike, simply mention that you would like to join a group and your Livelo staff member will inform you of the route, terrain and designated meeting spot.
3. Turn your hotel room into a gym
Just because your hotel doesn’t have access to a gym doesn’t mean you can’t still get your sweat on.
Getting an intense workout without conventional equipment isn’t as hard as you think. Focus on improving balance, core strength and endurance with what is available in your room. Create a small circuit with stations that include push-ups, squats, standing lunges, dips and core exercises such as burpees and leg raises. Grab your suitcase to add some resistance and rotate through each exercise for 30 seconds at a time.
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, the Nike+ Training Club app offers a wide range of workouts to suite a variety of needs and you don’t need equipment!
4. Pound the pavement
Australia is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery, sunrises and cityscapes on offer, so why not stretch your legs before hitting the office?
If you’re spending your trip in the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne, then start your morning with a lap or two of the iconic Tan. Originally a horse track, you can take the 3.8km loop around the lush Royal Botanic Gardens, pass the Shrine of Remembrance and come back along the Yarra River. Start from the horse trough near the end of Swan St Bridge to get the track’s main hill out of the way first.
Travelling to Sydney? Tick off all the Sydney landmarks in one session on the 12km Mrs Macquarie’s Chair run. Start at Dougall St and make your way across the bridge as you stretch your legs and take in the best views of Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House, Circular Quay and the Botanical Gardens.
For those heading further north to Brisbane, get a leg up on the Kangaroo Point Stairs. The 107 steps (30 flights) are located at the eastern end of Kangaroo Point and offer stunning views of the city landscape. For those dedicated runners, start the climb with the 3km warmup from the city along Southbank.
5. Take a guided tour
Have a little more time on your hands, or staying through the weekend? Why not jump back on the bike and take one of Livelo’s guided tours?
The customised tours in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are perfect for if you are not sure where to ride and want to explore with a trusted guide. Simply tell your Livelo team what you would like to see, the type of terrain you would like to tackle and how long you wish to ride, and the pace of the ride.