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While some holidaymakers would never dream of doing anything more than tanning on the beach (an activity that requires little more than rolling over every 20 minutes), the beach is the perfect place for an activity-filled holiday.

Balance is everything but a whole holiday centred around tanning and ice-cold cocktails isn’t going to do your body any good. Save a few days for some rigorous activity and you’ll go back home not only with a little bit of colour but feeling a lot better too.

Ditch the beach lounger!

A lot of beach resorts have a ton of activities available but it’s up to you to sign up for them and actually attend. Start your morning off slow with yoga then fit in a little tennis before lunch. After lunch hit the pool (for lengths of course) or join a scuba excursion. Mountain biking and horseback riding perfect ways to explore the scenery outside of the resort walls. End a long day with a sunset paddle in a quiet bay.

morning yoga

Where to go

Activity holidays take form in all shapes and sizes and vary in destinations like you’d never imagine. The key is to go where it’s warm but to avoid peak tourist season. You’ll not only save on hotel rates but excursions will be smaller and you’ll have a better chance of getting in some one-on-one training.

If you already know you’re going to be putting “get fit” on your list of 2012 New Year’s resolutions then give yourself a break and get a head start on it. This winter there are a ton of great sunny spots for an activity filled break. These are our favourites:

  • Marmaris: idea for sailing, kayaking and mountain biking
  • Costa Brava: great spot in Spain to try rock climbing
  • Egypt: the Red Sea, but save room for exploring Giza too
  • Maldives: excellent scuba diving and snorkelling
  • Costa de la Luz: lots of national parks for trekking and biking

Be your own personal trainer

You don’t need to take a holiday at a fancy all-inclusive resort to get fit while on holidays or enjoy some exercise. Do it yourself but bring a friend or partner with you for motivation. Running barefoot on the beach (preferably at dawn before the heat of the day rolls in) is a good way to start the morning, with a good stretch session afterwards. Rent a bike and do a self-guided coastal tour. Bring your own snorkel gear from home and explore what’s under the water.

Want to take a beach vacation close to home, check out the top 7 UK beaches for summer escapes!

What’s your preferred activity when taking a beach holiday? What do you like to do to get active?

Imgs: shazwan, Lachlan Hardy / Flickr cc.

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One response to “Beach holidays don’t have to be lazy

  1. I definitely agree with you. I usually book beach holidays through TravelRepublic.co.uk. Once I get to the beach, I only stay for an hour or two lying on the sand or beach lounge. Doing so for hours can get boring anyway. Rather, I get out and have an adventure such as rock climbing, jetskiing, hiking, etc. By the way, I’ll be visiting Maldives sometime soon. Can you recommend a good diving outfitter where I can rent diving equipment since I’m not bringing my equipment with me?

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