The top 5 holiday activities to do when travelling

The top 5 holiday activities to do when travelling

I love traveling – it is one of the things I get so excited about – it is like a reward for all the hard work I have done plus I know all too well how important it is to give yourself a break.

However  I don’t want to completely stop exercising as I know it is a great way to put on weight plus I know just how painful it is going to be when I get home and back into the training routine.

As I am about to embark on my latest trip to Hawaii, these are my top 5 holiday activities to do.

1. Hiking

One of my favourites outdoor activities – so much that I plan holidays around what hikes I can do! Most places have hiking trails – in fact certain destinations have specialised walking or hiking tours. Walking is so affordable, is great for the environment, and can take you to places you can’t access by car or bus.

If there are no hiking trails don’t worry, the best way to experience a new town, city or village is to walk the streets. It is by far the most effective way to discover a destination – you miss too much otherwise. Plus you set the pace and can stop whenever you want. And don’t forget the shopping centres, you would be surprised how many steps you take when visiting the local shopping districts looking for that perfect gift.

2. Swimming

If you are going somewhere tropical, then pack the cossies and go for a few laps. Swimming is one of the most popular things to do on holidays and it is such a wonderful way to stay fit and healthy. And being low impact also makes it perfect for those with any joint issues.

3. Water sports

If you are looking for more than just a swim, then what about snorkelling, canoeing, scuba diving, paddle boarding or surfing? See what is available but all water sports are great for muscle definition, improving your flexibility, burning heaps of calories and lowering stress levels.

4. Cycling

Even though I teach indoor cycling, I don’t cycle outdoors in Sydney (I am way too nervous with all the traffic). However on holidays (say on a quiet country road), then I definitely don’t mind getting on the bike.

There are many reasons why cycling is so popular – it is a great way to lose weight, burn fat, builds muscles (especially your legs and butt) and improves your mental well being. And you save so much money when using pedal power.

5. Check out what else is available

When you decide where you are going, check out what other activities are available. Whether it be zip lining, bungee jumping, yoga, tennis, golf, the choices are endless. Anything that gets you moving and pushes your heart rate up is great for your body and mind.