How much do sporty backpackers actually exercise?
In this page we keep stats of our sporty activities, and publish monthly summaries. Like backpackers in general, we tend to walk a lot, but don't count that as actual exercise so it's not visible in the activity list. We get our heartbeats up by running, hiking and going to gym, and also utilize the outdoor gyms whenever running into one. On top of that we carry a pair of rubber exercise bands to be used for strength training when there is no gym available.
Being sporty while travelling is not that hard, you just need to find your motivation, and of course start with packing those running shoes with you! Surely you won't regret going for a run, and the feeling after completing one is so rewarding. Depending on the location, running can also be an awesome way of sightseeing, so why not give it a try!
We started the month with a visit to our parents in Finnish Lapland, and went cross-country skiing in Rovaniemi. We actually used to do that quite a lot in our old life, and were still able to ski 30 km in a bit above 2 hours. Before continuing our journey abroad, we went for a long run (half marathon) in Finland, but after that our legs were so sore that we could hardly walk for couple of days… maybe a bit shorter route would have been wiser after a long break from running, whoops. When back on the road we went running in Riga in Latvia and in Lisbon, Paco de Arcos, Amora and Verdelho in Portugal.
No gym during April, we should really get back on track with that before all our muscles are gone… Altogether nearly 90 km running (8 times) and 30 km skiing, so not that bad month as March, but clearly not active enough still. We’ll improve from this!
We started the month with still couple days in Cyprus, but didn’t do any other sports than just walking around. Then it was time for almost 6 weeks work and holiday in Finland. We were really busy basically the whole March, which unfortunately meant very limited amount of sports. Even if are well aware that exercising even for shortly helps to stay energetic. In the end of the month we headed to visit our parents in northern Finland and went to cross-country skiing after a long time!
The stats are unmerciful; only 6 training sessions and just 6 hours of exercise during the whole month. This must be record low for us, like ever. One cross-country skiing of 20 km, 2 times running, 2 short gym exercises and just one run. Still close to 300 kilometers measured in steps, so in that sense it was quite active month even if the amount of actual exercise was low.
First week of February we were still in Peloponnese, mostly near Kalamata. We made a nice day hike to Ridomo Gorge and also ran up and down the mountain slopes. After leaving our car behind and flying to Cyprus went running and to gym in Larnaca, Nicosia and Kyrenia. We also made some day hikes to the mountains near Kyrenia in North Cyprus. The last days of the month we spent in Empa near Paphos, where we ran along the seashore under the warming spring sun.
All in all February was pretty active month with 16 training sessions and up to 29 hours of exercise. We went running 8 times (89 kilometers) and hiked 50 kilometers. In addition to that we went to gym 5 times and also walked a lot as altogether 354 kilometers was measured in steps.
We started the year in Athens, where we were quite active with sports; went to gym several times and ran in parks and on the outskirts of the city few times during the three weeks we spent in Athens. After that we moved to Peloponnese, but there was a break with exercising due to fever. After we were back in the came, we went to gym and running in Perigiali in the end of the month.
The measured activities sum up to 16 sessions but just over 13 hours of exercise, which is not that much but OK taken into account the fever period. 68 km running outside is nice result after two colder and not that active running months. No hiking in January, and only 4 times in gym, should find more time for those activities in the future.
We spent most of December in Albania. Started the month in Vlore, where we went to gym couple of times, hiked up from the coast to the Kanine village over the hills and ran along the beach walkaways. After driving through Albanian Riviera to our next destinations Sarande and Ksamil, we continued going to gym and also went running when the weather was nicer.
In the end of the month we moved south to Greece, and headed first to Kalambaka for hikes in Meteora Monasteries. When celebrating Christmas in coastal Itea again went running and also made a short day hike in Delphi. The year ended in Athens, where we went for some sightseeing runs to get familiar with the city.
All in all December was quite active month; 16 measured training sessions and 29 hours of exercise. As the weather was mostly cold, we went more often to gym than usually, but still 54 kilometers running and 44 km of hiking outside.
During the first week of November we suffered from slight flu with sore throats and thus didn't do any sports. After gathering back our strength there were 12 sporty days in Macedonia and Albania. We hiked twice in Matka Canyon near Skopje, Macedonia and went to gym and running in Tirana, Durres and Vlore in Albania. Weather was getting colder and rainier, so there was less outdoor exercises in November than before. Luckily we found some great fitness centers and could also run indoors.
Totally 84 km of running and hiking and 260 km measured in steps during the month. All in all we exercised almost 20 hours during November, so not that bad taking into account that one week was reserved for recovering.
DAY PLACE EXERCISE TIME DISTANCE OTHER INFO 7.11.2017 Skopje, Macedonia HIKING 2:30 10 KM Hiking in Matka Canyon 9.11.2017 Skopje, Macedonia RUNNING 3:15 20 KM 11.11.2017 Skopje, Macedonia GYM 1:22 Gladiator Gym in Skopje 12.11.2017 Skopje, Macedonia RUNNING 0:50 7,5 KM 13.11.2017 Skopje, Macedonia HIKING 3:50 12 KM 14.11.2017 Skopje, Macedonia GYM 1:20 Gladiator Gym in Skopje 18.11.2017 Tirana, Albania RUNNING 1:00 9 KM 20.11.2017 Tirana, Albania GYM 1:20 Working out in a small gym close to our apartment 22.11.2017 Durres, Albania RUNNING 1:00 10 KM 24.11.2017 Durres, Albania RUNNING 0:35 6 KM Short run along the beach 28.11.2017 Vlore, Albania RUNNING 1:30 11 KM 30.11.2017 Vlore, Albania GYM 1:15 Nirvana Fitness Club
October was quite nice exercise month for us. Weather was mostly good for running and hiking and we found some great gyms with good value for the money. The most awesome gym / fitness center was in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), it was opened just about a month ago.
Totally 125 km of running and hiking and 370 km measured in steps during the month.
|2.10.2017||Odessa, Ukraine||RUNNING||0:55||9 KM||Running along the beach|
|6.10.2017||Odessa, Ukraine||RUNNING||1:44||17 KM|
|9.10.2017||Odessa, Ukraine||RUNNING||0:50||7 KM|
|11.10.2017||Zatoka, Ukraine||RUNNING||0:45||8 KM|
|12.10.2017||Zatoka, Ukraine||OUTDOOR GYM||0:45||Fitness session on the beach|
|12.10.2017||Zatoka, Ukraine||RUNNING||0:45||7 KM|
|15.10.2017||Constanta, Romania||RUNNING||1:05||10 KM|
|19.10.2017||Bucharest, Romania||RUNNING||0:50||8 KM|
|21.10.2017||Bucharest, Romania||GYM||1:18||Stay Fit Gym|
|21.10.2017||Bucharest, Romania||RUNNING||0:40||5 KM|
|23.10.2017||Bucharest, Romania||GYM||1:22||Stay Fit Gym|
|26.10.2017||Apriltsi, Bulgaria||HIKING||6:20||11 KM||Day hike in the Balkan mountains|
|27.10.2017||Apriltsi, Bulgaria||RUNNING||2:20||18 KM||Hard run with 755 meters ascent|
|29.10.2017||Plodiv, Bulgaria||GYM||1:22||Perfect Fitness Gym|
|30-31.10.2017||Rila, Bulgaria||HIKING||7:20||4+16+4 KM||Long two days hike in Seven Lakes of Rila|
Have to say that we are not too satisfied with this month fitness results, since compared to August, our stats went down. There were more hiking days (5), but we went running only seven times during the month. On the other hand, we really needed some days rest after the demanding hikes. Gym training count dropped down to 3 events, when not counting in some occasional, short training sessions in outdoor gyms.
Totally 128 km of running and hiking and 412 km measured in steps during the month.
|1.9.2017||Slovakia||HIKING||3:15||8,5 KM||Few hours hike in Slovensky Raj national park|
|4.9.2017||Hungary, Szecseny||RUNNING + GYM||2:00||8 KM||Running in countryside and gym training|
|7.9.2017||Hungary, Budapest||RUNNING + GYM||2:00||10 KM||Running through the city. Not really pleasant environment.|
|10.9.2017||Hungary, Eger||RUNNING||1:15||16 KM||Long and sweaty run in countryside in Eger|
|12.9.2017||Hungary, Eger||RUNNING||0:56||9 KM||Another run in Eger. This was better one through vine fields.|
|14.9.2017||Romania, Apuseni||HIKING||5:30||14,5 KM||Hiking in Romania, part 1||Somesul Cald tour hike to the Radesa cave.|
|15.8.2017||Romania, Fagaras||HIKING||1:45||4,4 KM||Hiking in Romania, part 2||First hiking day in Fagaras mountains.|
|16.9.2017||Romania, Fagaras||HIKING||7:20||17 KM||Hiking in Romania, part 2||Second hiking day in Fagaras mountains.|
|17.9.2017||Romania, Fagaras||HIKING||4:40||14 KM||Hiking in Romania, part 2||Hiking back to the car from Fagaras mountains.|
|20.9.2017||Romania, Leresti||RUNNING||0:54||8 KM||Running to a hill and back.|
|25.9.2017||Moldova, Chisinau||RUNNING||1:05||11 KM||Running around a city park.|
|26.9.2017||Moldova, Chisinau||GYM||1:10||-||Good strength training in some bit too expensive gym.|
|28.9.2017||Moldova, Chisinau||RUNNING||1:02||10 KM||Another run in the same park in Chisinau.|
These are our first FinnsAway fitness statistics.
160 km of running and hiking and 470 km measured in steps.
|2.8.2017||Finland, Järvenpää||RUNNING||-||8 KM||Last run in Finland before FinnsAway life|
|5.8.2017||Estonia, Kuresaari||RUNNING||-||17 KM||Hot and sunny weather in Saaremaa, Estonia|
|7.8.2017||Estonia, Pärnu||RUNNING||-||11 KM||Nice run along the river in Pärnu, Estonia|
|8.8.2017||Estonia, Pärnu||RUNNING & GYM||100 MIN||10 KM||Running to the gym and back in Pärnu, Estonia|
|10.8.2017||Latvia, Cesis||HIKING||7 H & 25 MIN||26 KM||Hiking in Gauja national park in Latvia. Path was partly quite challenging because of fallen trees and overgrown bushes.|
|12.8.2017||Lithuania, Kaunas||RUNNING||-||11 KM||Weather was awesome in the morning. We tried to find a path around the lake but failed to do that.|
|15.8.2017||Poland, Warsaw||GYM||65 MIN||-||We were lucky because we got free entry to a fitness center close to our hostel in Wola.|
|16.8.2017||Poland, Warsaw||RUNNING & EXERCISE||-||5 KM||Short morning run in a park and some exercising in a outdoor gym.|
|18.8.2017||Poland, Warsaw||RUNNING & EXERCISE||-||8 KM||Morning run in a park and some exercising in a outdoor gym. Nice weather.|
|20.8.2017||Poland, Katowice||RUNNING||-||8 KM||Evening run after a working day. Not the best route in the suburban area.|
|22.8.2017||Poland, Katowice||RUNNING||-||10 KM||Nice running in the huge Silesia park. Recommended place to run.|
|25.8.2017||Slovakia, Banska Bystrica||GYM||60 MIN||-||Cheap and okay gym in central Banska Bystrica.|
|26.8.2017||Slovakia, Jasenie||HIKING||8 H & 30 MIN||28 KM||Wow. First hike in Slovakian Low Tatra Mountains. Route was quite boring at first (about 9km) but after that it was just amazing. Route was little bit too long for one day hike. Highest peak was 1955 m, Chabenec.|
|30.8.2017||Slovakia, Tatranska Lomnica||HIKING||6 H & 30 MIN||16 KM||First day in High Tatra Mountains; hike to the mountain hut and highest peak near that. More of this hike in the post|
|31.8.2017||Slovakia, Tatranska Lomnica||HIKING||8 H & 30 MIN||20 KM||High Tatras hiking trip continues (day two)|
More of this hike in the post
|15 DAYS||6 COUNTRIES||~ 160 KM||Lots of great feelings and nice scenery 🙂|