fitness holidays

10 energising fitness holidays to get your heart pumping

Working out and going on holiday aren’t two things you’d usually group together. But fitness holidays are soooo 2018. For me, I always feel disappointed in myself for working so hard on my fitness before a holiday, to then do absolutely no exercise for the whole duration of my trips.

So if you feel the same, embark on one of our recommended fitness holidays to get the best of both exercise and a holiday. Then return home feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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1. Workout on-board in Germany

Thanks to AmaWaterways, you can stay fit aboard a cruise. Their new Wellness Programme includes circuits, core strength class and nutrition workshops. Vessels are also equipped with bikes, which can be used when hopping off the cruise and visiting Cologne’s cathedral and baroque Heidelberg.

2. Exercise your mind and body in India

Atmantan is a luxurious wellness retreat in the cool Sahyadri Mountains with an athletic edge. The Fitness Challenge programme includes cleansing Yogic Kriyas and body composition analysis. High-tempo activities in the hi-tech gym include spinning and ab blasts, plus Bollyrobics. Also make some time to trek through the surrounding hills.

3. Scenic cycling in Denmark

Good for biking beginners, ease into a self-guided pedal through North Zealand – cycle-friendly and largely flat. The area became Denmark’s newest national park in May 2018, being rich in castles, ancient woodland, pristine coastline, bird-flocked lakes, and quiet lanes.

4. A soulful hike in Japan

Japan’s main island of Honshu has various hiking trails, which can be put together for a soulful stroll. Take a five day walk along the Kumano Kodo – one of the only two Unesco-listed pilgrimage trails. It wends across the mountains, temple-dotted Kii Peninsula, named by Lonely Planet as a Top 10 Region for 2018.

5. Paddle with hippos in Botswana

Stand-up paddle-boarding is the fastest growing watersport in the UK. But why not join the punters in Botswana for a core-strengthening navigation of the Okavango? On Black Tomato’s safari, learn basic techniques in Cape Town before spending three days paddling the delta, swimming in pools, scouting for wildlife and stopping for walks.

6. Skate and steam in Finland

You can learn speed skating in snow-sparkled wilderness on a short break to Lake Saimaa. The trip includes skate tuition and access to myriad frozen waterways. Then end each day with Finnish sauna sessions, to relieve any aches and pains.

7. Cycle through three countries in Central America

You’ll cycle more than 174 miles (280km) on this ride from Nicaragua to Panama City, via the jungly Costa Rica. But the roads are mostly good and the days and well-paced. You will get to go around Ometepe Island, beside Lake Arenal, across the Bocas del Toro archipelago and alongside the Panama Canal.

8. Master the Mediterranean in Spain

The idea of graduating from pool swimming to open water isn’t so appealing in British seas. So perhaps the secluded coves of Mallorca will be more motivating. Swimtrek’s introductory course teaches techniques in one-to-one and group sessions, in both a purpose built pool and the dazzling blue Med.

9. Blaze a new Tanzanian trail

Tackle the highest fitness challenge alternatively. Gane and Marshall has pioneered a new route up 19,340ft Kilimanjaro via the remote northern flank. This gives views over Kenya rather than Tanzania, with a more civilised assault on the summit. You set off at 4am instead of midnight, climbing mostly in the daylight to enjoy the other terrain more.

10. Workout on water in Antigua

Elite Resorts’ Caribbean properties are offering a menu of free activities – from hiking and kayaking to yoga and aerobics. The most recent is FloatFit, high-intensity workouts all actioned on a modified surfboard. Antigua’s all-inclusive St James’ Club near historic English Harbour has two beaches and six pools where you can give it a go.

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