Imagine going on vacation and coming back healthier and more fit than you were when you left. If this sounds like a fantasy to you, then you may want to consider this: not every vacation has to be lazy or indulgent. There are plenty of options for vacations that promote health and wellness.
If you are in need of vacation ideas that support your healthy lifestyle, take a look at our fitness vacation ideas below and get packing!
Camping is a great way to increase your fitness levels while simultaneously exploring the great outdoors. There are plenty of activities to participate in that will keep you entertained while keeping your mind off the hours of exercise you are engaging in. Hiking, canoeing and rock climbing are just a few of the adventures you can go on to feel challenged physically and mentally, all while having a great time. Our favorite camping destinations are Acadia National Park in Maine and Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.
If spending your vacation among snowy terrain is your idea of a good time, consider planning a ski trip for your next adventure. There’s nothing better than improving your skills on the slopes and then rewarding yourself with hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows), or spending time in the hot tub after burning all those calories.
Skiing is considered an aerobic exercise of moderate intensity, so it’s perfect for those who are looking for low-impact physical activity. Ski destinations that usually draw in the crowds are Vail in Colorado and Big Sky in Montana.
There are plenty of health benefits associated with surfing, including increased cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. From paddling to riding the waves, this outdoor activity is guaranteed to give you a full-body workout. If you don’t know how to surf, don’t fret: there are plenty of surf classes for beginners near prime surfing spots, so you can feel confident about trying something new. The San Diego Surf Academy or Tofino Surf School in Vancouver Island, Canada, are great examples of surfing schools that make for an exciting and fitness-centric vacation.
Participating in a race is a great way to turn travelling into a fitness vacation. Not only does running a race on your vacation get you in shape but it can also help you feel more comfortable in the town you’re visiting, since you will be surrounded by locals. There are plenty of races that travel from city to city, so it’s likely you will find one in the town you’re visiting. Check out the Color Run 5K or Color Vibe 5K to see if there’s a race going on at your next vacation destination!