Sick and tired of going to the gym? Why not plan a vacation all around fitness, exercise, and outdoor sports? Too many people spend their vacations going to places where they can relax, sitting on the beach and sipping a cocktail. (Do you know how many calories there are in each Pina Colada?) Rather than going someplace to relax and chill, why not head to a place where you can exercise, get fit, and actually enjoy what you’re doing?
Here are 5 great fitness destinations to visit if you want to get fit the fun way:
Gold Coast, Australia
Australia is one of the best places for you to get your surf on! You’ll find that surfing is a great form of exercise, and you can get in great shape off the Gold Coast of the Land Down Under. It is one of the best places to surf in the world, and you can try your surfing skills at beaches ranging from newbie to master surfers. By the end of the day in the hot Australian sun, you’ll definitely be a few pounds lighter. By the end of your vacation, you’ll be not only fitter, but a lot more tanned as well!
Isle of Wight, England
The Isle of Wight isn’t just a great place to visit for vacation; it’s home to one of the best cycling tours in the world. You can basically get on a bike and spend your vacation time cycling around the beautiful island. Sure, the Tour de France is a more well-known event, but you’re probably in no shape to compete in an international tournament. On the Isle of Wight, you can spend your 7 to 14-day vacation getting in shape just by seeing the sights. Push your legs and lungs to their limit by traveling everywhere by bike!
St. Vincent, Caribbean
The Caribbean Islands are more than just paradise – they’re also home to one of the best fitness boot camps in the world. You will find that the isle of St. Vincent is home to a fitness boot camp run by former Royal Marines, who will push you until your muscles are quivering and exhausted – and then push you some more. By the end of your 10 to 12-day stay at the resort, you’ll be that much closer to reaching your fitness goals. You can choose from any one of the varied fitness activities, including boxing, yoga, sports, swimming, obstacles, and even circuit training. Talk about fitness in paradise!
Yosemite National Park, U.S.A.
Want to climb one of the most exhilarating mountains in the country? Yosemite National Park is home to some of the best rock climbing in the world. You won’t be able to just walk up the mountain, but you’ll push your arms and legs to their limits as you cling to towering mountain faces and sheer cliffs. You’ll spend the days up to the climb getting in the best shape of your life, and you can be one of the climbers to say you conquered this challenging climb.
Paris is home to the Paris Marathon, a running event that will be the perfect culmination to your year of running training. You can see the sights of Paris, all the while pushing your body to its very limits. The nearly-43 kilometer race is a tough one, but it’s what you’ve been training for all year long. Sure, you can go to Paris to eat the food and experience the culture, but why not add “Completed the Paris Marathon” to your fitness resume – it will certainly look good!
Tourism isn’t just about seeing the sights and relaxing, but you can be a fitness tourist that travels to push your body to its limits!