Want to get fit, and have the adventure of a lifetime at the same time? Then it’s time to seriously get your adrenaline pumping. If you’re the kind of person who loves to back home from a holiday looking even fitter and healthier than when you left (don’t we all?) then read on – these kinds of adventure sports holidays will allow you to take in the beauty of the outdoors, while toning up and upping your strength at the same time.
Check out these top ideas for adventure sports holidays for fitness fans.
Unlike regular, downhill skiing, where your feet are completely attached to your skis, only your toes are attached to skis in cross-country skiing so that you can traverse along flat stretches of snow as well. It’s a great cardiovascular workout, since you have to propel yourself across the snow using both your two poles and your leg muscles. For some of the best locations in the world to cross-country ski, check out snowy Norway, Canada and Japan.
Don those lycra shorts and buckle up your bicycle helmet – it’s time to get on your bike, son! Cycling is a great sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their age or skill level, since you can always choose the perfect cycling location and route for you as well. From short weekend trips around the south of France, to more full-blown cycling treks through the mountains of Switzerland, your ride can be as easy or as challenging as you want it to be, and your thighs will still get a killer workout along the way. Check out our article on some of the best cycling adventures around Australia to get you started.
For those who love good old upper body workout, rock climbing is one of the best ways to get while experiencing a natural high (excuse the pun). Rock climbing is also great for your legs, as you you’ll need to use them to push yourself higher up the cliff face. The US has some excellent rock climbing courses, as does Thailand. Get started by hitting up Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures.
For something a little different to the old favourite surfing, windsurfing is the perfect adventure sport if you’re looking for a total body workout. It’s also great exercise for your mind, as getting it right takes a lot of concentration. But, with a little perseverance, you’ll be flying and jumping over the surface of the water in no time.
The bonus us you don’t need any waves – just a strong gust of wind (and a strong set of arm muscles!) is enough to get you started.
If you’ve never been snowboarding before, you’re in for a real surprise – nothing comes close to the delayed onset muscle soreness that you’ll experience after your first day of snowboarding, trust us! Snowboarding will give your legs a complete workout as you learn to carve your way down a mountain, and will litarally work muscles you didn’t even know you had.
What are some awesome adventure sports holidays you’ve heard of or experienced? Let us know in the comments below.