Get Fit for Free: Best Outdoor Workouts for Business Travellers to Hong Kong
Business travel can take a toll on anyone’s workout regime – but you don’t have to sacrifice your body or your budget to break a sweat in Hong Kong. Whether you’re in town for the day or visiting for the week, our guide to getting fit in the great outdoors will help you leave the hotel gym behind.
Trek to the top of The Peak
One of the city’s most popular attractions, this towering mountainside also doubles as a playground for hikers, walkers and joggers. And while many tourists opt to take the tram to the top, eager travellers can torch serious calories by tackling The Peak on foot. It may be one of the more strenuous walks in the city, but the uninterrupted views to Victoria Harbour make it well worth the extra effort.
Go for a run on Bowen Road
With only trainers and a track required, running is an essential activity in every business traveller’s workout repertoire. And in Hong Kong, there’s no shortage of places to clock a few kilometres. A favourite amongst locals, Bowen Road’s no-car policy means joggers can tackle their morning workout without worrying about traffic. After something more challenging? The Hong Kong Park Trail’s undulating mix of hills and stairs stretches for more than 50 kilometres, with sweeping harbour views to enjoy at every turn.
Work out with the November Project
Don’t want to workout solo? Founded in Boston, this community fitness group now operates in dozens of cities worldwide, providing instant motivation to travellers that need an extra push. Meetups happen regularly throughout the week, with everything from cardio to resistance training on its ever-changing roster. Best of all, the Hong Kong chapter of the November Project prides itself on being weatherproof, so you can get your sweat on come rain or shine.
Do yoga after dark
It’s no secret that Hong Kong’s humidity can make daytime workouts a struggle. Luckily, cooler temperatures and bright city lights make it easy to exercise after dark. If you find yourself in Hong Kong on a Friday, skip your typical after-work drink in favour of Friday Night Lights. Held in Tamar Park once a month, this 90-minute Vinyasa class offer travellers an entirely new way to come down from the week. Rather show off your downward dog while it’s still daylight? HK Outdoor Yoga offer various free sessions throughout the city, so you don’t have to wait until twilight to say Namaste.
Practice mindfulness in Victoria Park
Keeping fit isn’t just about maintaining a lean physique – so give your mind some well-deserved attention at Victoria Park. A tranquil garden in the heart of Hong Kong, this inner-city oasis is the perfect place to take a break from the stress of the day. Find a spot beneath the trees for a few minutes of quiet, or take in the sights as locals practice tai chi and play mah-jong. Not feeling zen? Meditation apps like Headspace and Calm provide guided mindfulness sessions, so even beginners can tune in to tune out.
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