Vacations are sacred. After months of exhausting yourself at work and dreaming about running away to get some sun and just relax, it's finally time to make that dream come true!
Now the next question is: where should I go and what should I do? (Ok, that's two questions..) From sneaking away to a cottage for a quiet few weeks to partying it up at a resort, there are loads of options to choose from when it comes to planning a vacation.
I'd go as far as saying that working out is the last thing on your mind when you head out on vacation. Yes, you read that right. Thousands of people are packing up and going away for a holiday where they work out throughout their entire stay. And they're having fun too!
We understand if you think that this sounds like an absolute nightmare. But we're here to reassure you that it's actually pretty awesome. Maybe even something for you to consider when planning your next vacation.
A Resort Stay AND Getting Fit? More Likely Than It Seems
This is not a clickbait statement. The idea of a fitness holiday is to get away for a while and work on yourself, as well as your body. The goal is that you leave feeling revitalized and ready to take on the world.
These resorts take on many forms. They might offer a number of different activities or focus exclusively on one. This gives you the opportunity to try something new or consistently work on an existing skill. What's even better is that your schedule is yours. That means, if you aren't feeling the activity for the day, you can simply opt-out of the scheduled session.
If you're worried about the number of people, most of these holidays focus on small groups. The maximum number of people on these retreats is usually only 16. These resorts attract mainly solo travelers or couples.
No Restricting or Dangerous Detoxes
Everyone believes the lie that eating less will help you lose weight. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the fat that you think you're losing is muscle, which will only lead to fogginess and increased exhaustion as your body tries to keep you alive!
Fitness resorts usually have meals included and they are all chock-full of vitamins and minerals to keep you going. They want to make sure that you are eating enough to replenish your body after the large amount of physical exercise that you're doing.
If you're worried about diet restrictions, they've got you covered! Many of the meals offered are vegetarian and can cater to any specific food intolerance you might have. The one thing to be aware of is that they might cut down on treats, as well as coffee and alcohol. If you want to avoid going cold-turkey on caffeine, we recommend cutting down a few days before you leave. Trust us, your body needs to slowly ease into that!
A Fitness Holiday Near You!
It's pretty likely that you don't need to travel halfway around the world just to experience a fitness holiday. There are probably some near you that you just haven't heard about!
For example, in Catalonia, they offer a triathlon holiday for beginners. You won't need to worry about mastering three sports all at once! You'll learn the various techniques of cycling and swimming. You can experience the sport for the first time, injury-free!
There is a swimming holiday offered in the Slovenian National Park Triglav. This holiday offers swimming sessions in the county's most beautiful lakes for people of all ages and swimming experience. In addition to enjoying the water, you get to experience the surrounding scenery, including waterfalls and castle tops!
Bonus: World-Renowned Gyms!
If the idea of a fitness holiday seems a bit daunting, but you're interested in working out and focusing on fitness, then you're covered! There are many world-renowned gyms that you can go to and experience. Not only are you working out in a different environment, but you'll also be exposed to the local workout culture.
Mexico has the Tulum Jungle Gym, lauded as "The World's Best Beach". The facility is open 8-5. Full disclosure, it does cost $25 US to access it. However, due to its unique weight display, you can get a good workout AND update your Instagram. It's a win-win!
If you want to work out and help save the environment, come check out Green Heart Outdoor Gym in Shaw Park, UK. The gym is set up like a children's playpen and is neon green. The aim of the park is to turn the energy from the machines and turn it into reusable electrical power. You can actually get to brag that you contributed to saving the environment while working on your fitness.