Maximising annual leave: How to incorporate sport into your holiday
When the time comes to hoover up the last days of annual leave you have accumulated at work, it’s a good idea to really make the most of your time out of the office. A last minute holiday is always a good idea, whether that’s a city break somewhere new or a more active trip where you can jam in as much as possible in a short space of time.
If you have some annual leave booked, why not maximise your time and incorporate sport into your holiday? If your partner or friends don’t fancy it, there are plenty of ways to do get them on board!
Segwaying may not be considered a particularly sporty activity, but you’ll certainly ache after an hour of whipping around on two wheels. Mainly using your core and quads, you will hold yourself upright as you explore a new city from a fun vantage point. Most cities offer Segway tours – Amsterdam’s are particularly popular – as it’s a great way of fitting in some ‘sport’ and seeing the sights! If you enjoy this sport while you’re away, why not keep it up as a hobby a little closer to home?
Heading somewhere with plenty of natural wonders to enjoy? Perhaps the jungles of Thailand, crater in Panama or the mountains of northern Spain or Costa Brava? Then a good old fashioned hike a great way of incorporating some sport into your getaway. Either be bold by venturing out on your own to explore, or sign up for a guided trail hike that could offer some exclusive access to places you didn’t even know were there.
Are you and your partner jetting off for a romantic getaway? Well… it doesn’t get more romantic than a horse ride in the open countryside or along the beach while the sun sets. While your partner is basking in the glow of the setting sun, you’ll feel better for getting some sporting activity in, working out your thighs to grip your horse and engaging your core to remain upright. So, it’s the best of both worlds. Horse riding on the beach at home typically costs around €30 for adults if you want to make a regular ‘date night’ when you get back.
Cycling is ideal way of seeing more of a location than is possible on foot, so consider hiring a bike if you want to incorporate sport into your holiday in way that’s fun and efficient.
Okay, it’s not quite the same as a four-hour long stint on the golf course, but a round of crazy golf will still get you moving. It’s fun for everyone and allows you to incorporate sport into your holiday without complaint.
Why not plan a visit to an amusement park? It’s a great way of getting some sport into your getaway. If you’re heading to the United States there are plenty of destinations to visit, which means you’ll clock up a number of steps throughout your trip. Pick up a Fitbit (if you are from Slovakia, order it from Fitnessnaramky) or a pedometer before you go and work out how many calories you’ve burnt while walking on your holiday.
Finally, volleyball, football on the sand, boules and rounders are fun games to play on the beach. So, as well sunbathing, why not play some beach games to incorporate sport into your everyday plans? Pack up a kit to take to the beach with you so you’re always prepared for a game or two.
It’s very easy to incorporate sport into your holiday in a way that feels fun and natural… so, there’s no need to split into teams or suggest that anyone brings their running shoes!
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