Some people love relaxing, lazy vacations that are full of swimming, eating and not much more. If you get bored quickly and like to be on the move, though, a vacation that’s jam packed with fun workouts may be more up your alley. Whether you want to stay in the U.S. or venture farther away, you can find the perfect location to get equal amounts of exercise and relaxation during your vacation.
Surf in St. Lucia
Where: Spend the week at the BodyHoliday Resort in St. Lucia (pictured above).
What: The Lose It, Tone It program will have you in a beach body in no time. Training sessions and healthy, delicious eating plans will teach you how to take care of your body both during your vacation and back at home. Plus, you’ll get relaxing spa services on-the-house. When you’re not surfing, dance around in Zumba classes on the beach.
Fitness Bonus: You’ll be so good at the plank pose, you’ll outlast your best pal who hits the gym religiously.
Insider Tip: The price tag might be high at almost $5,000 for one week, but the cost covers everything, including meals.
Practice Yoga in Hawaii
Where: Book a trip to the Travaasa Hana resort in Maui.
What: As much yoga as you can stand will round out your stay in Maui when you sign up for the Total Travaasa package. When you’re in the mood for a little less stretching and a little more action, check out a strengthening class, archery training or a hula lesson. Forget your troubles and feel the wind in your hair by riding horseback to the waterfalls that tower at 400 feet.
Fitness Bonus: Some of the classes help you to burn up to 290 calories per hour.
Insider Tip: Beautify yourself on the outside, too, with beauty lessons that will teach you to make your own face mask.
Golf in Mexico
Where: Work on your back-swing at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun.
What: Professionals will help you work on your swing or your short game, or whatever else it is you’re struggling with golf-wise. This resort is the epitome of swanky, complete with a butler who’ll help you unpack your luggage and a Jacuzzi for when the sun goes down.
Fitness Bonus: Ditch the cart and put on your walking shoes to turn a golf outing into bonafide exercise.
Insider Tip: Book your trip for the end of December and you could be treated to free concert tickets by the resort.
Snowshoe in Colorado
Where: Stay at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa.
What: Lace up a pair of snowshoes to explore the terrain – there are more than 65 miles of well-cared for trails across 6,000 acres. If snowshoeing just feels too clumsy and awkward, go cross country skiing, instead. Whichever sport you decide, you won’t ever have to repeat the same trail twice. In the evening, care for your aching muscles in the outdoor hot tub (the underground springs naturally heat it). The resort also has its very own movie theater and yoga studio.
Fitness Bonus: You’ll scorch more calories snowshoeing than you would downhill skiing!
Insider Tip: Since you’ll be staying at a higher altitude than you’re probably used to, you’ll have to prevent dehydration. Drink twice as much water as you usually would to stay hydrated.
Natalie Parsons is a professional blogger that provides information for health, fitness and finding affordable health clubs that work for you. She writes for Fitness 19, a top fitness club in Aurora CO as well as many other locations.