The bags are packed and just thinking of that sunshine has put a smile on your face. Yes, May tends to signal the time for summer holidays. The airports are packed with holiday goers at this time of year, but does going on holiday really have to mean deserting your fitness plan?
Whether you are heading to a sunny resort or staying somewhere local, going on holiday doesn't mean that your exercise routine should cease to exist until your return. Holidays are all about having fun and trying new things, so put your gym bag away and try some of these alternative workouts.
Workout on water
If you are beside the sea or near a lake this holiday, why not have some fun and master a new sport and burn some calories while you are at it.
Canoeing and kayaking
If you want leaner legs, great abs and shapely shoulders, these are two sports for you to try this summer. Canoeing and kayaking will help you tone-up and give you a good aerobic workout.
If you are a beginner, windsurfing can give you a great workout. As you learn to master this sport, you'll constantly be lifting the sail out of the water, strengthening your arms, legs, abdomen and back. Windsurfing will also improve your balance and flexibility.
This is great for toning your upper body and can be very physically challenging as you learn to get to grips with this sport.
If windsurfing or canoeing aren't for you, that's fine. You don't need a stairmaster or exercise bike to workout, when the real thing lies right outside your front door.
Trade your treadmill for the beach
You don't need your treadmill to get you walking. You can get the same benefits of walking or running outside, so take advantage of that long stretch of sandy beach and get going. You can burn those calories and work on your tan at the same time.
Both stationary and mountain biking are great forms of low-impact exercise that place less stress on your joints. However, mountain biking will give you the added benefit of toning your upper body as you pull on the handlebars to help you up that hill.
Cycling is also a great way of improving your co-ordination and balance. So get on your bike and check out the scenery. It's a great way to explore the area that you are staying in, while keeping you on track with your fitness plan.
Take advantage of the pool
Swimming gives a great all over body workout. It is a low-impact exercise and so suitable for most. The water supports the joints and relaxes the muscles. So if you are heading to a resort this summer don't just lie by the pool and watch the kids get wet. Make use of the pool and get an excellent workout.
So going on holiday doesn't mean that you have to forget about exercising. You can get a great workout and have fun too.
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