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!
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.
|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|
November 2017 chart
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|
October 2017 chart
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.|
September 2017 chart
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 🙂|
August 2017 chart