Take a break, come back fitter

What makes a holiday fun for you? Is it about completely relaxing and lying by the pool as you sample all the local delicacies?

This year, how about trying something different? A trip that combines travel and a healthy activity could be just the ticket for returning home refreshed, reinvigorated – and a little bit fitter.

Get into a new sport

Even if you’re not a fitness fanatic, there is a whole host of holidays that can introduce you to a new athletic activity in a fabulous destination. lists training breaks for all levels, from beginner cycle or triathlon camps in Spain to ironman bootcamps in Portugal.


If you’re new to it, or want to improve your technique, why not take your downward facing dog on holiday? Yoga retreats are available in pretty much any European/global location and has breaks for fans of all yoga styles and levels. You can choose the pace and most inspiring location to practise your sun salutations.

Splash out

Kayaking, canoeing, sailing and other water sports are a great way of injecting some thrills into a holiday for older children or the young at heart. For breaks that are centred on the wet stuff, check out Responsible Travel and Headwater for starters.

Learn something new

Whether it’s brushing up on your school French or learning a new language, painting, cooking, singing, horse riding or photography, there are myriad skills-based holidays on offer if you know where to look. GoLearnTo and Authentic Adventures are among those that can help you explore the possibilities of a break that could broaden your horizons – and get your grey matter working.

Back to nature

For realigning your priorities and to switch off from day-to-day modern stresses, a number of companies offer mindfulness or back-to-nature escapes. Wildfitness offers “transformative” breaks which promise healthy eating, exercise and mindfulness before delivering you home refreshed and renewed.

Of course, if a fitness break doesn’t quite work with your plans, one way of coming home from holiday without feeling like a plate of jelly is simply to pack some running shoes or exercise kit and make a vow to continue your fitness routine while on holiday.