When it comes to planning and booking a once in a lifetime holiday, the last thing on anyone’s mind is staying fit and watching their figure. Having the opportunity to stay in one of the beachside vacation rentals in Thailand or luxury resorts can be a dream come true. But it’s also not an excuse to go overboard on indulging and finding out that you’ve gained a considerable amount of weight while enjoying your holiday. Here are a few ways to stay fit and healthy while still lounging around the beach or pool all day.
1. Find a Gym
Gyms are found in almost every country and city in the world. From the local roadside exercise rooms with little more than a few weights and a treadmill to the ultra-modern hall inside your resort. If there is a gym around, why not use the equipment for 30 minutes in the morning. You don’t have to go overboard and spend all your waking hours exercising instead of relaxing. But a quick 30 minutes or so will make a huge difference. And then you’ll be feeling great for the rest of the day as the endorphins flood your body.
2. Go for a Run on the Beach
What can be a better way to get a bit of exercise than going for an early morning jog on the beach? Picture the soft sand on Phuket or Koh Samui under your feet as the gentle waves lap against the shore. The best time to go for a jog is in the early morning where you can catch the sunrise or in the evening for the sunset. Take advantage of the environment you’re in and go for a run in some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.
3. Take Advantage of Swimming Pools
Most resorts will have at least a swimming pool and swimming is a great way to get a bit of exercise. Dive into the water in the early morning, and the cold will shock your body into waking up. Do a few laps, and you’re all set for the day. Rather than sitting in the sun lounger or floating around, why not try to do ten laps each day? And the calories burned can be replaced later with another delicious bowl of tom yam! This is a great way to get some exercise if you’re staying in places like Bangkok where the city seems to stretch and sprawl into infinity. For those on the islands, swimming in the sea is an excellent form of exercise. Just be aware of rip tides and strong underwater currents.
4. Use Your Legs
Anyone staying out of Bangkok will find a beautiful environment surrounded by nature. On Thailand’s island, coastal paths hug the beach while the town’s in the north such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are pedestrian-friendly. If you have the opportunity to walk instead of hiring a taxi or a tuk-tuk, it can be a great way to burn off a few extra calories. And exploring the sites on foot is a great way to see and experience the real way of life. Just remember to apply lots of sun cream and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. After all, Thailand has hot and sticky weather all year round making dehydration and sunstroke genuine dangers
5. Go Kayaking
Most of Thailand’s islands offer a range of water sports such as banana boating, jet skiing and sea kayaking. The last activity provides a strenuous upper-body workout with the fun and excitement of being out on the sea. A single hour of kayaking can burn up to 10% of your daily kayaking which gives you slightly more room to indulge in delicious Thai food. If you’re confident, spending a few hours out on the sea in a kayak is a gratifying experience.
6. Rent a Bicycle Instead of a Motorbike
When you get away from Bangkok, one of the most popular ways to get around the country is to rent a motorbike. Some tourists use it as a means of transport to get around the town centre while others take advantage and go on a day trip. If you fall into the first group and just want to have a convenient way to get around the island near your resort or villa, get a bicycle instead. The same goes for those staying in northern Thailand where traffic and congestion are much less of a problem than Bangkok. Bicycles are cheap to rent, easy to find and a great way to get around while getting exercise. And on top of that, you’ll be doing your part for the environment by choosing the saddle other a polluting motorbike. And the money saved on fuel can pay towards a sunset cocktail!
7. Don’t Go Crazy on the Alcohol
Everyone likes a drink when they’re on holiday. And Thailand has no shortage of alcohol at very affordable prices. From big bottles of Chang and Singha to a selection of cocktails served at most restaurants, it’s easy to fall into the trap of consuming a little bit too much. But drinking endless glasses of beer might have a few unwanted consequences. First, it’s high in calories, and second, it promotes a more sedentary lifestyle rather than being active. Who wants to go running or hit the gym after a few pints?
It’s Easy to Stay Fit and Healthy if You Know How
The tips and suggestions in this article take away your excuse for not staying fit on your trip to Thailand. Take advantage of gyms, swimming pool or simply just go for a run on the beach.