Calorie-Crushing Activities to Try on Your Next Vacation

Keeping your fitness goals is not always easy on vacation. Although many resorts offer fantastic fully-equipped fitness facilities, it can be hard to force yourself away from the beach and into the gym when you’re in the tropics. So, instead of repeating the same tired exercises, why not add a tropical twist to your workouts in paradise? We’ve come up with some unique calorie-crushing activities for you to try on your next vacation that are just as effective as your usual fitness routine.


  1. Snorkel away over 1000 calories in one morning. Spend the day snorkeling alongside colorful coral and tropical fish while targeting your glutes, quads and hamstrings. Surrounded by beautiful aquatic scenery, this low impact activity won’t even feel like a workout, but you’ll burn around 340 calories per hour!

Where to stay: Explore Cozumel’s renowned snorkeling hotspots when you stay at Iberostar Cozumel. Located along the Palancar Reef, in only a few sandy steps you’ll find yourself in the calm Caribbean waters that are home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. There is a PADI-certified dive shop on property and Iberostar Cozumel offers exclusive, curated dive excursions.


  1. Rock climb in a breezy paradise and lose over 800 calories. Recreational rock climbing provides an incredible full body workout combining cardio and strength training to help you reach your fitness goals at new heights. If the views from the top aren’t enough to motivate you, keep in mind that rock climbing strengthens almost all of your major muscles.

Where to stay: Visit Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive and enjoy bird’s eye views of Aruba’s famous beaches and Divi Divi trees from the top of the resort’s 30-ft outdoor rock-climbing wall with four belay stations. For even more fun with fitness, take advantage of beginners windsurfing at the “Learn to Windsurf” beach clinic or hit the links at the nearby Divi Aruba 9-hole golf course.


  1. Hit the greens and work off over 700 calories. Tee off in paradise and reap the rewards of a well-rounded workout! From walking across sprawling fairways to impressive swings that soar across the links, golf is a great way to soak up the sun and score a variety of physical benefits.

Where to stay: Avid golfers can choose to stay at Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos conveniently located near a handful of exceptional and challenging golf courses overlooking the Baja Peninsula. After a hot day on the course, toast to your game-winning putt at one of the resort’s ten trendy bars or relax in the panoramic infinity pool.


  1. Burn close to 600 calories rappelling in the Mayan jungle. This extreme activity can take you deep beneath the surface or back to land from thrilling heights. Rappelling is a versatile exercise that engages your core while strengthening your arms and legs. Not only will this daring activity help to conquer your fear of heights, you’ll also burn calories doing it!

Where to stay: You can enjoy a unique, relaxing yet active stay at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, set in the heart of the Mayan jungle boasting beautiful accommodations, a cenote located within the property and one-of-a-kind access to the local flora and fauna. During your stay, choose an exhilarating excursion rappelling down into a historic cenote or the Mayan jungle, both guaranteed to be unforgettable.


  1. Burn over 500 calories on a tropical mountain bike ride. Take advantage of your beautiful setting and cycle along scenic paths instead of staring at a gym wall for your workout. Navigate tropical trails and travel to hidden gems such as local markets, historic monuments or iconic landscapes all while you work out your hamstrings and quads!

Where to stay: Experience a beautiful beachfront escape when you stay at St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia. If you’re looking to explore some of the island’s hidden gems, embark on an excursion where you ride bicycles along scenic trails to the majestic Dennery Waterfall and other spectacular attractions.


  1. Paddle board your way to ditching over 350 calories an hour. Feel the warm sun on your skin, and the burn in your muscles, as you cruise along crystal blue waters on a stand-up paddle board. This low-impact water sport strengthens your arms and back, conditions your core and improves your balance, all while you’re surrounded by unparalleled coastal vistas.

Where to stay: Vacation like a Star™ at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica. After you’ve worked up an appetite during your complimentary paddle board along the picturesque coastline, enjoy celeb-worthy dining at six delicious à la carte restaurants or rest in VIP accommodations.


Source: Vacation Express