Staying in shape can be hard. Whether it may be the holidays or if you’re like me and it’s part of your job, it can be really hard to stay in shape, but as you’re taking your vacations this winter, I don’t want you to fall off the wagon so to speak, so, I’m here to offer up some idea of how I stay in shape as a constant traveller.
Snorkel away over 1000 calories in one morning
Spend the day snorkelling alongside colourful coral and tropical fish while targeting your glutes, quads and hamstrings. Surrounded by beautiful aquatic scenery, this low impact activity won’t even feel like a workout but you’ll burn around 340 calories per hour!
Where to stay: Explore Roatan’s renowned snorkelling hotspots when you stay at Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina. Nestled on its own 21-acre private island surrounded by calm azure waters, this resort has three secluded white-sand beaches and a 5-star PADI Dive Centre where you can take your water workout to the next level with scuba diving lessons.
Rock climb at sea and lose over 800 calories
Recreational rock climbing provides an incredible full body workout which combines cardio and strength training to help you reach your fitness goals at new heights. If the breathtaking views from the top aren’t enough to motivate you, keep in mind that rock climbing can burn up to 818 calories per hour while strengthening almost all your major muscles.
Where to stay: Climb aboard Marcella Discovery 2 and enjoy bird’s eye views of the ocean from the top of the ship’s impressive rock climbing wall. For endless fun at sea, practice your swing at the mini-golf course or catch a show at the Broadway Show lounge.
Burn close to 600 calories rappelling in the Mayan jungle
This extreme activity can take you deep beneath surface or back to land from thrilling heights. Rappelling is a versatile exercise that engages your core while strengthening your arms or legs depending on your technique. Not only will this daring activity help to conquer your fear of heights, you’ll also burn 596 calories doing it!
Where to stay: You can enjoy a relaxing stay at Royalton Cancun Resort and Spa, set on white-sand shores boasting elegant accommodations and a serene spa. During your stay, choose an exhilarating excursion rappelling down into historic cenote or the Mayan Jungle, both guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Burn over 500 calories on a tropical mountain bike ride
Take advantage of your beautiful setting and cycle along scenic paths instead of staring at a gym wall for your workout. Navigate tropical trails and travel to hidden gems such as local markets, historic monuments or iconic landscapes all while you work out your hamstrings and quads and burning up 544 calories!
Where to stay: Experience a beautiful beachfront escape when you stay at St. James Club Morgan Bay St Lucia. If you’re looking to explore some of the island’s hidden gems, embark on an excursion where you ride bicycles along scenic trails to the majestic Dennery Waterfall and other spectacular attractions.
Walk the day away
Walking may not seem like the top option for staying fit and really doesn’t burn many calories in a short time, but let me tell you as someone who has walked many miles in many countries, walking makes up the difference every time.
Whether you just need to stretch your legs or like me want to go on day-long adventures, walking as much as you can along the way, taking the stairs, aka avoiding the easy way can really add up along the day, and while you’ll still be doing more calorie burning activities along the way, walking as much as you can will ensure you’ve exceeded your quota and give an opportunity to stretch it out along the way.
So, if you’ve been worried about travelling, and whether the resort has a great gym, I’m here to let you know you can still have a great time, see the sites, and get it some great workout along the way.