5 Exotic Places Where You Can Combine Exercise and Relaxation

While many UK holidaymakers may still command the notably bad press that follows gaggles of revellers across Europe every summer, the once stereotypical notion of permanently intoxicated Brits abroad is becoming a thing of the past. More and more, people are demanding… more and more… from their holidays, including breaks and retreats that are neither a break nor retreat from fitness routines. Here are several locations that let you carry on with your training.

Invigorating spirituality in India

It may be a long way to go, but will be well worth the trip for your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Not to mention that you’ll get to see one of the most incredible countries in the world, too. High up in the Sahyadri Mountains, the Atmantan retreat guides visitors into focusing on every aspect of their well being. Yogic activities and practices help to strengthen the body and relax the mind, in a complex that also features a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

Surf your way to fitness in Antigua

Another stereotype you may completely disregard after this holiday is that of the ‘beach-bum’ surfer. At St James’ Club, in Antigua, FloatFit is the latest fitness craze that’s quite literally sweeping the waves. Using a meticulously modified surfboard, visitors will test their core strength and balance, in a resort where hiking, kayaking and aerobics are all readily available to indulge in a little exercise, in between intense bouts of relaxation.

Retreats dedicated to weight loss in Europe

Slightly closer to home, there are a number of exotic retreats to choose from throughout the Mediterranean. A short flight to Portugal and Spain can put you within a quick bus ride of a dedicated fitness camp. A weight loss retreat, by Prestige Bootcamp, places you in the hands of qualified fitness and nutritional experts, who can tailor your food and activities to help you reach your goals, even while you’re away from home.

Pack your hiking boots for Japan

Not only is Japan one of the most beautiful and unique countries on the planet, it is also home to some of its most incredible hikes. You can arrange to climb Mount Fuji, or walk the trail of Kumano Kodo, which will not only test your calf muscles, but take you past picaresque temples and natural sites across the Kii Peninsula. Kumano Kodo is one of only two Unesco-listed pilgrimage trails in the world.

Cycle through Central America

If you’re already partial to tackling steep hills and long routes at home, then you may relish the chance to take on this challenging bike ride. Cycling from Nicaragua to the Panama Canal, you’ll cover more than 170 miles of guided cycling and take in the sights of three countries and the most exquisite of sight-seeing highlights along the way. Naturally, you’ll have plenty of stops in between, to supplement this high-intensity exercise with some relaxation, incredible food, and much needed sleep.

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