Swap lethargic lounging for a hearty holiday

There won’t be much time to put your feet up if you head off one of these action-packed holidays

 

There was a time when going on holidays meant eating too much and drinking to excess, and the only exercise was a twirl around the disco. Now many of us find that a holiday where we exercise our body or mind is of more benefit. Sedentary lives, and spending too much time at work and on the road, lead to a lethargy that can be dispelled by fun activities.

Families too like the idea of holidays where there is a variety of sports activities for everyone, especially as children get older. There’s nothing like an active day playing sports, swimming, hiking or cycling to give everyone an appetite and things to talk about.

For some people it is not just about healthy activities, but giving your mind a holiday. The daily round of work, home, sleep, work, home, sleep leaves very little time for contemplation or developing thought processes. A holiday for the mind where the daily trivia of life is taken care of by someone else can bring a sense of lightness and positivity.

Mark Warner Holidays

Sunway

Yoga in the Greek isles

This allows you to be suspended, weightless, a few feet above the ground in a comfortable yoga hammock. The benefits of aerial yoga are that it helps to align the spine, decompresses the muscular and skeletal systems, and stimulates blood flow. Group sessions are free twice a week and one-to-one sessions are €60 and can be arranged at the hotel. Rates at the MarBella.gr are from €160-€280 per room per night, and the best rates are available through travel agents that can combine the hotel with the Aer Lingus flights. See itaa.ie for your local agent.

La Santa,

Lanzarote

For women to find themselves

There is a chef to provide five-star meals and some gentle exercise such as walking and boating. There will also be retreats with a focus on healthy living, nutrition, mind, emotions and writing; prices from €1,000-€1,200. See dare-tolive.com.

Walking holidays

Travel companies doing walking trips from Ireland include onefootabroad.com, Travalue.ie, rusticrambles.com, sunwalkingholidays.com, gomerawalking.com and traveldepartment.ie.

A sports resort for families

There is a wide variety of accommodation at La Manga Club including villas, apartments, and a four and five-star hotel. A two-bedroom apartment or golf bungalow will cost from €1,000 in July, flights and coaching extra. See lamangaclub.com.

Mind your mind

mens sana in corpore sanIberostarLanzarote Park Hotel

Cycle the Adriatic islands

Paradise Beach

Packages can be booked from Ireland with sunway.ie.

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