Running Sightseeing: The perfect way to stay fit while travelling
Have you ever been traveling on business and only seen the airport, taxi, office and hotel? Ever been on holiday and gone for a run only to find yourself running along the main road in order not to get lost? Or even worse…. brought your running shoes on a trip and never used them? Lena Andersson is the owner of Running Copenhagen, which provides guided sightseeing runs in Copenhagen. Lena and her team are supported by ECOO BIOM, Newline and Camelbak and also got runtastic as partner. For you Lena describes her project in a few lines:
I believe most runners can say yes to some, if not all of the questions above. Personally I can and this was the reason I founded Running Copenhagen (www.running-copenhagen.dk). This is a group that provides running sightseeing tours in Copenhagen. Our concept is simple – a local guide leads runners through Copenhagen and past the city’s many sights while sharing historical facts, anecdotes and personal recommendations. It’s a great way to discover a beautiful city with a local Copenhagener, while getting your daily exercise.
The above are the obvious benefits of joining a running tour when you are on holiday. But apparently that’s not all. Much to our surprise, we have heard from our female runners that the main benefit of our running tour is that they can order dessert in the evening without feeling bad. For the men, it’s usually an extra beer!
In addition to running, holidays and business trips are an opportunity to get your core and flexibility exercises done. When you are in the hotel room, there are fewer distractions than being at home and most of the time you can’t understand the TV channels anyway. So use the time (even if it’s very little) to do crunches, planks, etc. If you are feeling too exhausted to do anything strenuous or are jetlagged, then simply focus on stretching and let yourself relax into each stretch.
Then the following day, jump in those running shoes and go see the city you are visiting!