Every year, Google searches for gyms spike in January as the reality of having eaten too much turkey and one-too-many Quality Street chocolates sets in. But if you’d rather be burning off calories outdoors than on a treadmill, there are plenty of thrilling, all-action holidays out there to help kickstart healthy habits.
A study published by Public Health England in 2017 revealed that thanks to more sedentary lifestyles and a lack of time to exercise, people in the UK are 20 per cent less active now than in the 1960s. To counteract the statistics and see some jaw-dropping scenery at the same time, sign up for one of Great Walks of Australia’s guided, multi-day hikes. Options range from the coastal 55 kilometres ‘Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk’ to the ‘Cradle Mountain Huts Walk’, which follows the Overland Track through Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania. The pay-off for completing around 70 kilometres over six days? A spectacular boat trip across Lake St Clair at the end).
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An equally effective cardio workout is white water rafting, which also helps to strengthen and tone upper-body muscles and reduce stress (it figures that if you’re concentrating on paddling, you’re less likely to be worrying about work deadlines). Tanit Trails can organise four-day Spring rafting expeditions on the Apurimac River in Peru, one of the world’s top 10 rafting rivers. Starting from a 3,000-metre-deep canyon, this is wilderness rafting at its finest with world-class rapids, pristine beaches for camping and impressive rock formations as a backdrop.
Laguna Colorada ボリビアの今回のツアーは友人美香ちゃんと4WD(トヨタレクサス)の3日間で1000キロの旅。3日で日本の3分の1を走り続けたサイモン、ラリーに出れるんじゃないか？ってくらい運転が上手。道無き道を走り続けて見たことない自然をどれだけ味わったか、、。ここラグナ・コロラダはチリの国境近くのエドゥアルド・アバロア国立自然保護区にある浅い塩湖。赤の湖という意味でこの色、グラデーションって素晴らし過ぎませんか？標高4278メートル近くまで行ったわけで、いやいや体力的にも一回り成長したかもな、。帰り、チリの国境近くだけあって、ライフルを持っていた警察官達に車を止められた時は、流石に一瞬いろんな事を覚悟したが、無事に帰れて何よりでした。 #naomi#makeupartist #南米 #美しすぎる #動画初心者 #bolivia #laguna #TanitTrails
For more of an all-round adventure that combines kayaking on the Sea of Cortez, hiking with naturalists in the biosphere region of the Sierra de la Laguna, and learning to surf some of Baja’s best breaks (great for improving core strength), try Mountain Travel Sobek’s ‘Baja Adventure: from the Pacific to the Sea of Cortez’. It could be just the ticket for renewed fitness.
Alternatively, plan ahead and book now for a Summer holiday with Nomadic Expeditions. Experienced horse-riders might fancy an eight-day trek through Mongolia’s Khoridal Saridag Mountains to Lake Hovsgol, stopping along the way to visit Tsaatan families who herd domesticated reindeer. Or try from ‘Yak to Kayak’, which cleverly combines kayaking across Lake Hovsgol with camel trekking through the Gobi Desert and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.
The Golden Eagle Festival in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia came to a close earlier this month. Book this once in a lifetime journey for next October 3 – 10 to be a part of this ancient tradition. This annual Mongolian festival, which celebrates the golden eagle as well as the hunters’ traditional culture, is arranged by the local Kazakh community and members of the Berkut Association, a community-based conservation organization. Each year Kazakh hunters from near and far attend the festival with their Golden Eagles, known as Berkut, to enter them into competitions testing speed, agility, and accuracy. Ceremonies, dance performances, a parade in the provincial capital’s city square, and a Kazakh play are held in honor of the hunters and their eagles. The Golden Eagle Festival is a highlight of any traveler’s visit to Mongolia. The expedition also includes opportunities to visit a local mosque, town market, provincial museum, and archaeological site. Both the Berkut Association and the Golden Eagle Festival were established by Nomadic Expeditions’s Founder and CEO Jalsa Urubshurow in 1999 to preserve this proud tradition and protect the golden eagle. All proceeds from the festival’s ticket sales ($30 per person for two days of competitions) will benefit the Berkut Association, which will use these funds to further the organization’s goals, including arranging the annual festival. #goldeneagle #mongolia #altaimountains #nomadicexpeditions #offthebeatenpath #bucketlist #culturetrip
Finally, if you want to swap two legs for two wheels, Bike Tours Portugal can arrange cycling holidays for all abilities, from a leisurely ride around the Alentejo Vineyards or along the beaches of the southern coast, to more intense trips for experienced bikers who are looking for a serious challenge to push themselves to the limit. For that, there’s the N2, the longest road in Portugal at 739 kilometres, which connects the cities of Braganca in the North with Faro in the South, crossing seven provinces. Whichever category you fall into, cycling – or doing any form of outdoor exercise – beats a sweaty gym session any day.
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London-based freelance journalist Emma Love specialises in writing about interiors, design and travel for titles such as Elle Decoration and Condé Nast Traveller, where she is a contributing editor. She also writes for publications such as the Financial Times and the Guardian.