Holidays are a time to kick back and relax, and that is exactly what many of us do. It’s also why many of us come back weighing a few pounds more than we did before we set off.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending your days relaxing on the beach, sampling the finest local cuisines and maybe having a cheeky drink or three, but if you don’t want to come back from your travels feeling unfit and heavier than before, then it is probably a good idea to get some exercise in while you’re out there.
Luckily, it’s really easy to stay active on holiday, and here are some of the best ways to do that:
1. Book an active holiday
Obviously, one of the easiest ways to ensure you stay active on holiday is to book an active holiday. From Tuscan cycling holidays to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or walking the Great Wall of China, there are so many active holidays that it is easy to find one you will love if you fancy a bit more action and a bit less lounging on your next trip.
2. Explore the place
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to book an active holiday to stay active. Just getting out there and exploring all that your chosen holiday destination has to offer will see you walk a lot of steps and burn a lot of calories, especially if you avoid public transport and move around on foot as often as possible.
3. Book a hotel with a gym
Many hotels these days have their own gym facilities, so if you’re serious about staying fit and active while you’re out there, book accommodation that has a gym and you can use it whenever you have a spare moment between sightseeing, sunbathing and sampling the local delicacies. This is a particularly good idea for women and lone travellers who may not feel as comfortable exploring the place on foot.
4. Don’t go all-inclusive
There’s no denying that all-inclusive holiday packages can be good value, but if you want to stay fit and active, they might not be the best choice. Why? For one thing, when you can eat and drink as much as you want, you will probably go overboard, and for another, all-inclusive resorts discourage you from getting out and exploring. You’re more likely to spend all day by the pool and that won’t burn too many calories unless you get in and go for a long swim, of course, which brings us to…
If you’re visiting a location where there are lots of stunning beaches, make the most of them by getting in and going for a swim every morning or taking diving lessons or whatever to burn more calories than you would by simply walking along the beach or sunbathing on the sand.
As you can see, staying active on holiday is as easy as can be, so if you want to maintain your fitness regime while you travel, there’s no reason why you can’t!