6 calorie-crushing activities to try on vacation

Keeping your New Year’s resolutions, or general fitness goals, is not always easy on vacation. Although many resorts offer fantastic fully-equipped fitness facilities, it can be hard to force yourself away from the beach and into the gym when you’re in the tropics. So, instead of repeating the same tired exercises, why not add a tropical twist to your workouts in paradise? We’ve come up with some unique calorie-crushing activities for you to try on your next vacation that are just as effective as your usual fitness routine.

Woman snorkelling with school of tropical fish
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.

Man climbing rock wall on the Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship
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 of 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, practise your swing at the mini-golf course or catch a show at the Broadway Show lounge.

Gorgeous golf course overlooking sparkling waters
Hit the greens and work off over 700 calories

Tee off in paradise and reap the rewards of a well-rounded workout! From walking across sprawling fairways to impressive swings that soar across the links, golf is a great way to soak up the sun and score a variety of physical benefits. Walking the course with your clubs burns approximately 721 calories for every nine holes.

Where to stay: Avid golfers can choose to stay at Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos conveniently located near a handful of exceptional and challenging golf courses overlooking the Baja Peninsula. After a hot day on the course, toast to your game-winning putt at one of the resort’s ten trendy bars or relax in panoramic infinity pool.

Woman spelunking into flooded underground cave
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 Suites 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 a historic cenote or the Mayan Jungle, both guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Woman cycling along bike path
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 burn around 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.

Woman paddleboarding over crystal-clear water
Paddle board your way to ditching over 350 calories an hour

Feel the warm sun on your skin, and the burn in your muscles, as you cruise along crystal blue waters on a stand-up paddle board. This low-impact water sport offers plenty of health benefits such as strengthening your arms and back, conditioning your core and improving your balance, all while you’re surrounded by unparalleled coastal vistas. Plus, after an hour of leisurely cruising you’ve burned about 367 calories!

Where to stay: Vacation like a Star™ at luxury beachfront resort, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica. After you’ve worked up an appetite during your complimentary paddle board along the picturesque coastline, enjoy celeb-worthy dining at six delicious à la carte restaurants or rest in VIP accommodations.

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