The most health-conscious, disciplined travellers in the Western world are Australians, while the French are most likely to turn their noses up at the thought of hitting the treadmill while on vacation.

That’s according to the results of an international poll from Expedia and Google Consumer Surveys, which asked more than 7,000 residents in seven countries – Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Britan and the United States – to share their travel and fitness habits.

In their Fitness Breaks Study, more than half (55%) of Australians said that exercise is “very or somewhat important” while travelling. Aussies were followed closely by Americans (53%) and Canadians (51%).

The most popular method cited for keeping the heart rate up – walking – also the best way to explore a new destination. After walking, biking was the most popular method cited among Germans.

Meanwhile, the countries most likely to guffaw at the thought of working out while on vacation are the French (23%) followed closely by Spaniards (22%), who said categorically they “don’t work out while they travel”.

Among the respondents who do exercise, 22% said they do it to help them feel less guilty about indulging in a good meal, an opinion that was shared most by the French (31%), Aussies (29%) and Americans (27%).

Meanwhile, to help travellers stay fit while on the road, Expedia has partnered with digital influencers who have developed fitness break itineraries in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Washington DC, Seattle, Stockholm, Barcelona, London and Sydney. Along with walking itineraries, the series also highlights the healthiest cafes and restaurants in each destination. – AFP Relaxnews

Here are the survey results:

Travellers who feel it is “very or somewhat important” to exercise while travelling

1. Australia
2. United States
3. Canada
4. Spain
5. France
6. Germany
7. Britain

Travellers who don’t work out while they travel

1. France
2. Spain
3. Germany
4. Britain
5. Canada
6. Australia
7. United States