Top 9 Health & Fitness Holidays To Kickstart Your New Year

by Liberty Stembridge, Lifestyle Columnist

Published in Lifestyle and Health on 8th January, 2019

Learn To Ski In The Alps

If you're not a fan of beaches and smoothie bowls, there's still plenty of options for you in the fitness holiday spectrum. Where better to get some exercise and learn how to ski than in the gorgeous French Alps?

Clear your mind with some refreshing alpine air, some of the cleanest air anywhere in the world. There are lots of different ski holiday packages available, with the opportunity to stay in chalets with some of the most incredible views of the pristine mountainsides.

ski in the alps

Whether you're an experienced skier or a complete beginner, there'll be plenty for you to do with classes for all levels.

Become A Yogi In India

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice, and where better to connect back to yourself and relax than in the birthplace of yoga itself - India. Here you will find an abundance of different yoga retreats and trainings, ranging from the physically intense to the ultimate relaxation package.

There truly is something for everyone, whether you just want to get away from it all and stretch your legs a bit, or rigorously train your body to deepen and enhance your physical practice. If you're looking for a career change, yoga teacher trainings are available too, in places like Rishikesh, a place with a rich history and culture.

Connect With Nature In Spain

Want to get back in touch with your wilder side, and vacation in a more eco-friendly, sustainable way? Wilderness retreats, which are growing in number in Spain and Portugal are just the place for you.

These unique retreats offer you the chance to explore, get fitter and eat healthier in a natural, fun way by exploring the local environment, working with specialist teachers and eating freshly grown, organic food. Surrounded by olive and citrus groves, you will work on reconnecting with yourself and nature, to restore some inner peace and strengthen both mind and body.

Ride The Waves In The Caribbean

The Caribbean offers amazing opportunities for anyone interested in watersports. Surfing in particular offers a fun way to get fit and enjoy the ocean. Surf holidays are common in caribbean and not to expensive either, with an all-inclusive surf holiday offering lessons, equipment, food and accomodation coming as cheap as GBP 500 for a week, all in the paradise that is the caribbean.

surf in the caribbean

If you've never surfed before but think it looks like fun, don't worry - you don't need to be an experienced surfer to enjoy these holidays, all you need is a willingness to learn and fall off - a lot.

What's great about these vacations in particular is that they are deceptively good workouts. Spending several hours on a board in the ocean may not feel like a strenuous workout while you're out there having fun, but once you're back in your hammock with jelly legs you'll realise what an intense workout these lessons can actually be.

Take On A Triathlon In Thailand

If completing a triathlon has been on your bucket list for while but you've never known where to start - Thailand could be your ideal destination. The Triathlon programme, based in Phuket, offers week long training in swimming, cycling, transitions and more.

Plus, with that you get access to massages, incredible Thai food and beautiful scenery to run, swim and cycle through. Thailand is known for getting hot, but through the months of January to April, the weather is ideal for any triathlon hopefuls looking for a scenic getaway.

Bushwalk Australia

Bushwalking might sound easy, but it is not for the faint of heart. If you want to truly push yourself both mentally and physically, why not embark on one of Australia's many famous bushwalking trails? Month-long packages offer you can all-inclusive experience to walk across the Tasmanian bushland and raft along the Franklin river, but they're not to be done without previous training and experience.

Alternatively, if you're not quite ready for a month long endurance test, there are smaller packages offering week long hiking tours./p>

Pedal Through Italy

Are you an avid cyclist? Combine your love for cycling with the scenic views of Italy's Giro d'Italia and you've found yourself the perfect holiday, although be prepared to sweat. There's no need to compete, you can simply enjoy the views, with accomodation and meals included the full seven days.

pedal throught italy

Prepare to ascend up Mt Etna and through the stunning winelands of northern Italy on this incredible biking tour of the country.

Try A Water Workout In Antigua

Stand up paddleboarding is quickly growing in popularity all over the world, as more and more people find ways to take their craft onto the water. You can now enjoy yoga, aerobics, pilates and high intensity workouts, all from the serenity of the peaceful caribbean water.

Antigua in particular is becoming a hot spot for on the water workouts, with private resorts offering all-inclusive stays and the opportunity to take a variety of different paddleboard classes.

Hike The Appalachian Trail In America

The appalachian trail is one of the most well known treks in the world. A beautiful scenic trail stretching from Georgia to Maine and around 2,200 miles total in length. You don't have to hike the entire trail however./p>

Many tour holidays offer one or two week long hiking trips in small groups, allowing you to better explore the beauty of these incredible mountains, with food and accommodation included (or camping, if you're interested in that).

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