6 Vacation Activities That Combine Fitness and Fun

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Vacation is the ideal time to kick back and relax. You don’t have work, deadlines, alarms, or household chores. People go on vacation to take a break from their usual, daily lives — often taking a break from their workout routines too. If you do, who can blame you? When given the option between a morning by the pool or a morning in the hotel gym, it is easy to see why the pool wins.

That said, you don’t need to take a total break from exercise during your break with reality. Fitness should be fun, especially when you’re traveling. Of course there are the standard options: swimming or walking to take in your surroundings, but there are many more enticing options than that. With a little planning, you could book a lesson to try an extreme sport or map out a trail to get your heart pumping on a hike. We’ve rounded up six fun-fit activities you need to try on your next trip.

1. Surfing

As anyone who has surfed can tell you, you’ll spend a lot of time paddling. Using your arms to glide across the water gives you a workout. The New York Times discussed a study in 2012 which found that a majority of a surfer’s time in the water is spent paddling, and that got their hearts beating. Surfers’ heart rates were measured while they were in the water, and 80 percent of the time the rate was over 120 beats per minute. When standing up on the board, balance is tested, building core strength.

All of that detracts from a key aspect of surfing though — it can be a blast! Even if you’ve never tried your hand at standing on a board, take a lesson with friends on your next vacation. Instructors won’t expect you to have a board, and you can rent one with your lesson.

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