World Swimsuit Workouts in the Water
The concept of exercise on holiday is either an absolute must or a straight no thanks for most people. So if it’s the part of your day that you can’t live without then read on; and if it’s a no, then get comfy on that deck chair and enjoy the action from a horizontal position, with a gin and tonic in hand!
Water sports are the ultimate way for energy bunnies to enjoy the sea air and sunshine on a summer holiday. You get to work on your tan, tone up and have some fun at the same time – what’s not to love? Our top four picks this summer are stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, water skiing and good old surfing.
Stand up paddle boarding is definitely in the limelight this summer and the good news is that it’s pretty easy to get the hang of (and definitely the closest you’re going to get to walking on water). You basically stand on a stable long board whilst slowly using your paddle to glide through water and visually absorb everything around and underneath you, from fish to turtles to coral, depending on where you do it.
Another great water activity to try is sea kayaking. It’s something you can do with your other half, hot date from the night before or an old friend that you need some bonding time with. Just venture off slightly from the group and soak it all in as you catch up. If you’re in dolphin territory then you’re in for a real treat – they often come within a metre or two of the kayak, seemingly oblivious to the fact that you’re right there beside them.
If you’re short on time and after a good work out then water skiing is a great option. As the boat launches you out the water you get an adrenaline rush and a burning sensation in your muscles within minutes! Once you’ve got your balance try crossing the wake and giving the driver the thumbs up to pick up the speed by a notch or two… you’ll definitely earn that afternoon nap under the palm trees!
We could write for days about beautiful surf spots around the world, and why it’s still such a popular holiday choice… but for this article I guess the real point to make is that it’s a great work out, even if you just have an hour or two in the water before the rest of the activities for the day kick off. In the beginning you might feel like the waves are getting the better of you, but with a bit of practice and a few laughs you’ll get the hang of it; carving and spraying water into the air and riding those waves like a pro.
Author: Emma Donovan