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The center of the Italian capital is littered with great gyms. In this article we talk through why you should work out in Rome and the best places to do so.
Rome is one of the world’s great cities. From a balmy climate to a rich history and friendly people, it has it all. Especially the food. Home made pasta, freshly baked pizza and rich, creamy ice cream. You can’t help but indulge in it all, multiple times a day, every day. The only downside to this all is that you might notice a slight impact on your waistline. Certainly you’ll be doing some walking as you head round the sights, but is that enough? Probably not. As the only way to avoid going home heavier is visiting the gym a couple of times, you’ll probably need to think about where you’re going to work out in Rome.
Why Should You Work Out in Rome?
Everyone’s favorite Italian foods are wholly indulgent, and unfortunately that means they’re not always great for our health. Let’s take pizza for example. Averaging 150 calories per slice, a simple margherita pizza can have easily contain 1,000 calories. For women, that’s half your daily allowance of 2,000. Add some toppings, bread and olive oil to start and tiramisu for dessert and you’re not doing your waistline any favors!
Your other options aren’t much lighter. Like foccacia with prosciutto and mozzarella from a bakery, or a creamy risotto from the trattoria. Fresh spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil may seem fine, but Italian custom is to follow this with a veal, beef or pork steak. Not to mention a bottle of full-bodied red wine. And, of course, cooling pistachio ice cream from the gelateria tastes heavenly, but no one ever said it was healthy!
This translates into noticeable differences in health and body image. A few months ago we explored the impacts that a vacation can have on your health. In short, the vast majority of us put weight on during our holidays, irrespective of body type or where we go. More worrying is that on average it takes five months to lose the weight gained on vacation. There is less data available on the effects of city breaks, but it’s hard to imagine them being any better. An insatiable desire to try all the local delicacies within a short period of time will likely lead to weight gain.
So what do we recommend? We don’t actually think you should avoid enjoying the food in Rome. It’s such a huge part of visiting the city, and the quality is so much better than in other countries, that it really is a must. Life doesn’t get much better than spending an hour sitting outside a restaurant watching the ebb and flow of Roman life with a glass of white wine and a bowl of just-made linguine alle vongole. So you should definitely take the chance to do so. All we think is that at the same time you should make a plan to work out in Rome.
Visiting the gym just a couple of times during your stay will make a huge difference in two ways. First, the obvious calorie burn will offset some of those delicious meals. Perhaps more importantly, keeping up your routine when traveling makes it easier to get back in the gym when home. Breaks from the gym are one of the most common reasons for people cancelling their gym membership. So break up your restaurant and cafe visits with the occasional work out. And as Rome as some of the best gyms in the world, it’ll only add to the holiday experience.
Our Favorite Places to Work Out in Rome
There are gyms in Rome in some fantastic locations. Literally a stone’s throw from some of the world’s most famous sights, you’ll find somewhere to work out. From the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain, you can find them via TrainAway. To help you decide, we’ve picked out two of our favorite gyms in the Rome where you can buy a day pass:
This gym has the joint accolades of being a fantastically-equipped and maintained fitness center, in one of the best locations anywhere in the world. As the name suggests, it’s just a stones throw from the Colosseum, and has everything you need for an effective and comfortable training session. When looking for gyms to work out in Rome, you won’t come across many better options than this.
In Dabliu’s Barberini center you’ll still feel very much like you’re on holiday. As well as a bright, spacious cardio area, it boasts the most fantastic post-workout area. After working up a sweat in the main gym area, you can retire to the spa for some well-earned rest! Easily located just a couple of minutes from the Trevi Fountain, this is definitely one of Rome’s best gyms.
As well as being one of the most interesting and enjoyable cities to visit, Rome is also a great place to work out. Enjoy the city, but fit in a workout too – you won’t regret it.