Fitness, as the experts like to remind us, is not a one-off effort but should be a part of everyday life. While we all deserve a break now and then, there is no reason why your holiday should be an excuse to slack off.
Fiona Hunt, managing director of soft adventure specialists, Adventure World says, “Whether you are a fitness fanatic or prefer incidental exercise, there are plenty of options for healthy, active and memorable holidays in some of the world’s most extraordinary destinations.”
Here are Fiona Hunt’s top 5 fitness experiences from around the world:
1. Trek to Machu Picchu
Potentially one of the world’s biggest bucket list items, Machu Picchu, provides an incredible once in a lifetime experience with plenty of fitness kudos. Travellers can choose to catch the train all or part of the way, otherwise undertake a four to five day trek over 46 kms. While the trail is not technically difficult, the challenges lie in the number of ancient Inca staircases along the way plus the high altitude which can cause shortness of breath. Regular stops and plenty of water will remedy this and when you reach Machu Picchu at the end, it is more than worth the walk.
2. Cycling in Indochina
Travelling by bike is one of the best ways to get around and really see South East Asia. You’ll get a great work out along the way and will be so distracted the diversity of sights and experiences, you’ll hardly notice! When travelling a reputable soft adventure company, you’ll find it easy to traverse Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by bike, capturing must see sights of the big cities and local rural life along the way.
3. Mountain climbing
These holidays are certainly not for the fitness faint-hearted. You’ll train for months but reap the rewards for years to come. Many who get into mountain climbing find it addictive and are always look for the next peak to conquer. Lucky for them, there are plenty of incredible summits situated around the world. The most popular with Australian adventurists are Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and the Himalayas in Nepal; the biggest of which is Mount Everest. Most mountains offer a range of routes to suit a variety of experience levels so you don’t need to be a triathlete to achieve this.
4. Yoga in India
Fitness isn’t all about cardio. Yoga has long been proven to provide an all-encompassing workout for the body, mind and spirit. What better way to connect to the ancient practice than in its birthplace of India. For a holistically healthy holiday, choose a trip that includes daily yoga, meditation and spirituality classes with local scholars.
5. Skiing in Canada
Dedicated snow bunnies know that the best slopes in the world are located in Canada. The hardest part is choosing where to go! For those that don’t mind swapping the Australian summer for a snow-topped break the Canadian Ski Season kicks off in November and last until early April.
For more information about these and other holidays incorporating fitness and adventure visit www.adventureworld.com.au.