Keep Trim Without the Gym – How to Have a Fitness Vacation

    When you’re on holiday, you can sometimes feel a bit guilty for eating too much and not working out. But just because you’re away from the gym, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little exercise in the sun!

    On a recent trip to Spain, our man Brent came up with a few different routines that he stuck to in Barcelona and Benidorm, but you can apply these almost anywhere.

    Take a look!

    Barcelona

    There are numerous ways to keep fit in Barcelona without having to pay a fortune. Along the Barceloneta prom many people choose to run, rollerskate and cycle.

    For those bodyweight exercise enthusiasts there is also a fantastic outdoor gym facility that is completely free for all to use. This outdoor gym is very popular but don’t be afraid to give it a try, everyone is very welcoming.

    In addition, the beach itself has several volleyball nets and HIIT classes can often be carried out here too. 

    If you get too hot working out, the best way to cool off is with a quick dip in the Balearic Sea. Or you can even have a dip for a little extra cardio work!

    And when you’re not working out, there are many so places to explore in Barcelona that you’re never stuck for something to do. 

    Here is a taster of what a 3 day itinerary could look like:

    • Day 1: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Modernista Buildings & Romantic Dinner 
    • Day 2: La Rambla, Best City Market, Gothic Quarter, Cathedral & Tapas   
    • Day 3: Brunch, Ciutadella Park, Barceloneta, Placa d’Espanya 

    And to help you get to all these wonderful places quickly I would recommend the Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus. 

    Find out more about Barcelona here

    Benidorm

    Benidorm is renowned for its sun, sand and sangria. However, it’s also a hotspot for fitness enthusiasts:

    Cycling

    Benidorm has unique characteristics for road cycling and mountain biking, which — together with the good weather of the area — make the region one of the most visited for cycling in Spain. In Benidorm, many cycling events are held such as the Trofeo Luis Puig, La Volta La Marina, stages of the Tour of Valencia, Tour of Spain, and many more. 

    Golf

    Between the mountains and the sea you can find everything you need to play amateur or professional golf.

    The courses are of great quality and beauty, designed and prepared to competition level for Europe and the rest of the world.

    Running

    For those who are track and field athletes there are options to be had too. The local track in Benidorm is a tartan eight-lane track with long jump and triple jump pits. The condition of the track could be improved but with access to the track being free of charge it really is hard to complain.

    The alternative athletics track is at L’Alfas del Pi which is a very short five-minute train ride from Benidorm. The facilities here are top notch and again the track is free of charge to use, however it does get very busy at times. 

    General Fitness

    The popular Elche Park walk is particularly ideal for strolling as you enjoy the views of the beach. It has recreational areas that include cardiovascular exercise equipment so you can get some outdoor gym work in while enjoying the lush vegetation and palm trees.