Staying in Shape While on Holiday:
Tips for Every Destination Type

Vacation is a time to relax and unwind, but it can also be a time when our fitness goals take a backseat. Whether you're on a city break or a beach holiday, it can be challenging to stay on track with your fitness routine. However, with a little planning and creativity, it's possible to maintain your fitness level while still enjoying your vacation. Here are some tips for staying in shape while on holiday, tailored to different types of destinations.

Beach Holidays

Fitness Tips By Holiday Type Destination Holiday Fitness Guide
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Kayaking
    Take advantage of the ocean and go for a swim or try water activities like stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. Kayaking and paddleboarding are both excellent forms of low-impact cardiovascular exercise that can improve overall fitness and health. Either of these activities can help with cardiovascular fitness, core strength, upper body muscle building and balance/coordination whilst being low impact in nature.
  • Cycling
    Rent a bike and explore the local area. Many beach towns have bike paths that are perfect for a leisurely ride. Cycling also improves cardiovascular endurance and can aid in weight loss whilst also being low impact in nature, environmentally friendly and even mental health!
  • Take A Hike
    Look for local hikes or nature trails that you can explore. Websites like "AllTrails" ( provide hiking guides and reviews for trails around the world. Hikes are a great way to burn calories whilst also improving muscle mass and strength in the legs and increasing Vitamin D from exposure to the sun.

City Breaks

  • Try Exploring More On Foot
    Walking is one of the most low impact exercises that we can do whilst on holiday, exploring a city on foot is always a great idea to help improve cardiovascular health, improve mental health, increase muscle strength & tone, increased bone density & improved digestion.
  • Find A Park To Run In
    Look for local parks or green spaces where you can go for a run or do a workout. Websites like Park run provide details about local parks around the world that host free, timed 5k runs on Saturdays.
  • Guided Bike Tours & Walks
    Consider taking a guided hike or bike tour that combines sightseeing with exercise. Websites like Viator and Get Your Guide ( offer a wide variety of guided tours and activities around the world.
Fitness Tips For A City Break

So Remember

In conclusion, staying in shape while on holiday is possible with a little planning and creativity. Whether you're on a city break or a beach holiday, there are plenty of ways to stay active and maintain your fitness level. Remember to take advantage of the local area and try new activities, and don't forget to balance out your vacation indulgences with healthy options.

With a little planning, you can return from your holiday feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, not like you need another vacation to recover from the first one. Speaking to one of our personal trainers in Dubai might help, we always make sure our clients have a full workout plan for when they travel that takes advantage of anything available from hotel gyms to the sidewalk.


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