My Swedish Summer (Fit Travel Series Part II)

Exploring beautiful Stockholm
Welcome to My Swedish Summer – Part 2 of the Fit Travel Series here at HTT&T. 
This week I’m going to talk a little bit about some challenges of travel and also do a Fit Travel diary update.
One of the biggest things I struggle with when traveling is back pain. From the minute we head off on those long international flights where we are sitting for long periods of time to one or two weeks later when I can really feel that I haven’t been attending my usual one hour yoga classes, back pain can be a real downer when traveling for extended periods of time. 
It usually helps somewhat to do yoga stretches from the apartment or hotel room, and try to get outside for morning walks and runs as much as possible to get into a routine. We also stay very active with all the walking we do when sightseeing, and while this has many benefits, sometimes walking all day can exacerbate the issue, as there is a fine line that needs to be balanced between resting and staying active.
So, what have I been doing to help the back pain? Yoga poses such as cat and dog stretches, happy baby, kneeling lunge, cow face (also known as hero), bound angle, standing forward fold, sitting forward fold, reclining spinal twist, pigeon, frog, and more… 
My yoga teacher recently published this post on Spinal Health which I would highly recommend.
I persevered with my goal of getting outdoors each day, as back pain is one of those things that can get worse if you stop being active, and I find for me staying active definitely helps.
Here is my Fit Travel Diary Update –
Week 1

Sunday – Sightseeing with lots of walking 

Monday – Morning walk 

Tuesday – Morning and evening walks

Wednesday – Morning run and walk

Thursday – Rainy Rest Day

Friday – Sightseeing with lots of walking 

Saturday – Sightseeing with lots of walking 

Deer-spotting in Sweden

Week 2

Sunday – Morning walk (and moving to the other side of town for the remainder of our stay in Stockholm)

Monday – Morning run

Tuesday – Morning run

Wednesday – Morning run

Thursday – Morning run 

Friday – Morning walk and sightseeing with lots of walking 

Saturday – Sightseeing with lots of walking 


Week 3

Sunday – Solo morning run and afternoon walk 

Monday – Morning and evening walks 

Tuesday – Morning run and evening walk

Wednesday – Morning, afternoon, and evening walks

Thursday – Morning walk, and then spent the day at the first-ever Ikea here in Stockholm 

Friday – Morning walk

Saturday – Rest Day

Enjoying Summer in Sweden 

Week 4

(No running this week as I was getting over the flu)

Sunday – All-day walks

Monday – Morning walk

Tuesday – Morning walk 

Wednesday – Rainy Rest Day 

Thursday – Morning walk

Friday – Morning walk 

Saturday – Fly to AUSTRALIA!

… and on to the next adventure 🙂 

Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x

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  1. Sounds like you've definitely stayed active! My back gets all twisted and out of sorts also. I actually go to a chiropractor once a month to keep me in-line. I do also have a yoga for back DVD, but haven't done that in a while. We'll see how my back handles our next couple weeks, as we'll be traveling as well! I hope that I'm able to be half as active as you've been!! Happy Summer. Stopping by from the MBC FB page. 🙂

  2. I enjoy all of your travel photos. Good idea about doing yoga.
    I also wanted to let you know that I mentioned your blog in our Liebster Award post on our blog today at
    Happy Friday!

  3. Thank you @ The Quirky Homemaker! Happy Summer to you too and enjoy your travels! Good luck with keeping active! I look forward to checking out your blog now that our travels are winding down…

  4. Thank you so much, Karen! I look forward to staying in touch now that our travels are coming to an end…

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