Being on an island holiday doesn’t mean you have to give up on your fitness routine. Fitness gurus Daniel Fuchs and Sandro Rasa share their best tips to stay active.
1. Go for a run on the beach
Did you know running on sand consumes 1.6 times more energy than running on hard surfaces such as roads? It will require lots of coordination; so if it’s your first time running on such terrain, take it slow. To go the extra mile without actually having to, try waking up earlier for a run around the island – and on an empty stomach too. It will not only burn some extra calories, but help to kickstart your metabolism for the rest of the day.
2. Try sunrise and sunset yoga
Mental health is every bit as important as your physical fitness. Start by signing up for sunrise and sunset yoga classes, which are offered by many resorts. Beyond increasing flexibility and getting those muscles toned, yoga is a total mind-body workout. After doing strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing exercises and meditation, you’ll be in a state of total relaxation.
3. Visit onsite fitness centres
Find comfort in your favourite gym equipment or simply need the right space for your daily HIIT routine? Some resorts, such as Amari Havodda Maldives, boast a fully equipped fitness centre kitted out with the latest equipment. It stays open from as early as 6am for the early risers, and closes at 9pm for those who prefer to work up a sweat just before bedtime.
4. Take a dip in the pool or snorkel around the island
Not big on running? Do some laps in the pool for cardio or take a few steps further for a dip in the ocean. If snorkelling sessions are available on your island, dive in and work those quads while you discover the island reef and its residents – from sea turtles and rays to schools of colourful fish.
5. Play water sports
From windsurfing and paddle boarding, to kayaking and sailing, there are plenty of fun water sports that you can do offshore. You might just enjoy these activities so much without realising that you’re sculpting those arms, building core strength, and getting some Vitamin D. Remember to slather on sunscreen generously!
6. Dance the night away
What better way is there to learn about an island’s culture than joining the locals and learning about their music and dance? If you’re holidaying in the Maldives, Boduberu is usually performed by a group and includes drums, a lead singer and small bells as accompaniment. The dance is sometimes referred to as “vibrating the islands” and is often sung after a hard day’s work, or during festivities and celebrations. Even if the island you’re on doesn’t have dance sessions, no one’s stopping you from having your own boogie party under the stars.