Do you exercise while traveling?

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Australians are the most active travelers. 55 percent of the Ozzie’s who participated in a study think exercise is very important while being on the road. Americans come in a close second, at 53%. The people least likely to prioritize exercise while traveling can be found in England, with only 43% identifying exercise as important. 

Those are the results of the the 2017 Expedia Fitness Breaks Study, executed in partnership with Google Consumer Surveys. Expedia.com asked more than 7,000 residents of seven countries – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States – how they incorporate exercise into their travel regimen. The highest percentage of people who outright refuse to exercise while traveling can be found in France, at 23%. Only 10% of Americans say they “don’t work out while they travel” at all, the lowest percentage in the field.

Exercise enriches travel experiences

Globally, among those who do exercise while traveling, 22% claim to do so to balance indulgent food, an opinion shared most by the French (31%), the Australians (29%) and Americans (27%). According to the Fitness Breaks findings, fitness activities also facilitate authentic experiences when traveling. People say they exercise because it allows them to “see new areas of the destination.”

Walking, running or a bike?

Simply walking/exploring a new city is, by far, the most popular exercise undertaken while traveling. Exploration walks are most popular for Australians, the British  and Canadians. The French are most likely to take guided walking tours, also enjoying long runs when traveling. Germans are most likely to hop on a bike.

Fitness-focused travelers adapt to their surroundings

Fitness-focused travelers often exercise differently when traveling. Americans are most likely to modify their typical workout routine when away from home. A full 41% of Aussies do the same, while only 20% of the Spanish – the least in the field – alter their regular regimen.

Many exercise-focused travelers simply “create my own workout” in some fashion when travelling.

Fitness Breaks

Given the willingness of fitness-minded travelers to continue their regimen while traveling, Expedia has launched a campaign to help them do so. Dubbed “Fitness Breaks.” Influencers have developed video guides, healthy eating suggestions and different clever fitness activities to undertake while on the road. To access the Fitness Breaks campaign, please click here.

Do you exercise while traveling? How? What do you do? Do you go to the gym, do your run? Leave a comment!

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