5 ways to get fit on vacation
With a rising focus on health and fitness, more and more resorts are catering to guests who want to keep active during their vacation in the sun. From kite surfing and yoga to aqua fit, there are plenty of ways to keep up your fitness regime while you’re away. Here are some of our favourites.
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and a terrific way to relieve stress. The recently-renovated Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos has seven pools—including one with a breathtaking view of the iconic Los Cabos arch. Or for those that want to burn off even more energy, the RiuFit program offers complimentary exercise classes. Plus, there’s a beach volleyball court where you can challenge your friends to a match. Afterwards, relax by the pool, savour a cocktail at one of the swim-up bars or take it up a notch at one of the resort’s famous pool parties.
If you prefer to spend your days on the greens, you’ll love adults only Melia Las Americas Golf and Beach Resort in Varadero. Guests at the resort receive unlimited free rounds at Varadero Golf Club, just next door. This elegant property brings together the best of two words, situated between a beautiful white-sand beach and a lush green golf course. You can spend your mornings hitting the links and your afternoons windsurfing, pedal boating or simply relaxing in a hammock.
Developed by fitness experts, Belinda and George Kiriakou, the RoyaltonFit™ program offers up to 15 different fitness classes a day at Royalton Luxury Resorts across the Caribbean and Mexico. Practice your downward dog as the sun rises over the ocean, take a beach boot camp or spin class for a high-intensity workout, or keep cool with an Aqua Fit class. The beachfront Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa could be a great place to try out the program. Afterwards maybe relax at the opulent spa, enjoy dinner in one if the specialty restaurants or unwind by the pool (there are plenty to choose from!)
Kite surfing is a great way to get fit while still enjoying the sunshine and warm Caribbean waters! The combination of aerobic and resistance exercises helps tone your body and keep your muscles in tip-top shape. You can practice your kite surfing skills at Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete, one of the world’s most famous water sport destinations. The resort’s VivaFit program includes a complimentary kite surfing lesson to get you started along with a variety of classes including aqua fitness and yoga.
If you’re looking for the best of both relaxing and working out, BodyHoliday Saint Luciaa is a great choice. The resort offers over 50 sports and activities both on land and at sea, from yoga classes to bike rides and Pilates. Afterwards, head to the resort’s wellness centre for a range of holistic treatments, including Ayurvedic and restorative beauty therapies, that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.