Relaxing beach holidays or cultural city breaks are all very well, but, if you really want to use your annual leave to boost your fitness and wellness, you might want to choose a more active, specialist vacation.
Be it kickboxing in India, hiking in Morocco or yoga in Thailand, there are plenty such trips available.
We’ve rounded up a selection you can try to persuade your other half to join you on this year.
For the Mind & Body-Conscious Couple – SUP & Yoga
Set on the south-eastern peninsula of Phuket in Thailand, Amatara Wellness Resort is an ideal escape for couples looking to either deepen their knowledge of yoga or try something new under the tuition of expert practitioners.
Yoga helps improve your strength, flexibility and balance and can be beneficial for people suffering from depression and stress. A class at Amatara will help boost your yoga practice whilst increasing feelings of sensuality.
Then, once you’re appropriately chilled out, inject some fun into the holiday with stand-up paddle boarding.
This sport will award you with a full body workout as nearly every muscle is used and maintaining balance is key. It can also improve your cardiovascular health.
You’ll return home stronger and revived and having enjoyed the benefits of healthy cuisine.
For the Zen & Active Couple – Boxing & Mindfulness
Keep both of you happy by mixing up high intensity with deep relaxation on your vacation.
A Fusion Fitness holiday at Atmantan Wellness Resort in India offers a wide range of options to bring variety to your workout. Challenge yourselves with bootcamp training, group hiking and kickboxing.
Kickboxing has been shown to improve fitness, power, flexibility and agility.
Moreover, according to a study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), this type of punching-and-kicking combination can burn more than eight calories a minute. It will also improve coordination and balance.
When you’ve finished pushing each other to your limits, silence your mind with private meditation classes or reward yourselves with invigorating massages.
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For the Outdoor Couple – Hiking & Mountain Biking
Jet off to warmer weather and experience Morocco with your loved one on an outdoor adventure wellness holiday. Explore a world filled with untouched landscapes, ancient cities and centuries-old customs.
Try mountain biking or hiking trips to the Atlas mountains. A 160-lb person can burn between 430 and 440 calories per hour of hiking and, depending on terrain, the activity can offer a demanding whole-body workout.
Regular trekking can also help improve cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength as well as preventing and controlling diabetes.
Also available are city tours and cooking classes.
Afterwards, retire to the coast where you can unwind and recharge with daily spa treatments, yoga classes on the beach, surf lessons and a variety of activities from paddle boarding to group exercise classes.
For the Spa & Fitness Couple – Fusion Fitness
From functional training and Nordic walking to tennis lessons and TRX suspension training, you and your loved one will never get bored on this exclusive Fusion Fitness holiday at Oceano Hotel Heath Spa in Tenerife.
A tailored wellness programme offers you the flexibility to choose exactly what you both want.
You can burn 400 calories in one hour of suspension training, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise. It can lead to a reduction in waist circumference, body fat percentage and resting blood pressure, as well as improvement in muscle strength and endurance.
Nordic walking is based on using specially designed walking poles in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body to propel you forward as you walk.
It’s a whole-body workout that is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. As with other forms of moderate activity, it lowers your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
At the end of the day, calm your mind and strengthen your bond with yoga and meditation over beautiful views of the ocean.
Spa treatments include Abhyanga massage (a synchronized massaging of the body in the direction of body hair), facials, Osteopathy and Shiatsu to soothe your muscles and ensure you both return home fully rejuvenated.
For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891.
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