I am a strong believer in a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays…well, at rest. I’ve found that if I don’t keep up with my exercise routine when I’m on vacation that it’s even tougher to get back in the swing of things when I return.
Stay Active at Hawks Cay in the Florida Keys
Some hotels and vacation destinations make it easy to stay active while on vacation without it even feeling like a workout. Planning an active vacation is a great way to stay fit. You may even find that you come back more fit and toned because you are working new muscles that you typically don’t hit in the gym.
At Hawks Cay in the Florida Keys, they make it easy to stay fit. Here are the top five ways to stay fit while staying at Hawks Cay:
Have you heard of paddleboarding? It’s all the new rage in the fitness world. You can even sign up for paddleboard yoga classes at fitness studios across the country! Paddleboarding can burn up to 500 to 700 calories an hour according to Shape Magazine. It not only burns calories, but it can sculpt some serious abs in the process. Hawks Cay offers paddleboarding rentals by the hour, half-or full-day or even by the week.
Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a water sport that is a combo of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing and paragliding. Basically you use a large kite to harness the wind and ride on the water. It’s pretty simple to learn and offers a lot of fun and a great workout. Hawks Cay offers kitesurfing lessons during the kiteboarding season, which is October through May. A study published in 2009 in the European Journal of Applied Physiology calculated that one can burn close to 600 calories an hour when kitesurfing! That’s an intense aerobic activity!
Scuba (or SNUBA) Diving
Scuba diving not only offers a beautiful view of sea life, which is especially exceptional in the Florida Keys where you will explore the only living coral reef system in the continental United States, but it also is a great workout. Scuba diving is a great butt, hip, thigh and ab workout, but you won’t be thinking of any of that when you are admiring the sea turtles, fish and bright coral. More than 1,200 creatures are in the water in the Florida Keys! Hawks Cay offers a great diving experience package.
I’ve never played tennis, but have always wanted to take lessons and give it a try. Tennis is great for your arms, legs and butt, all while having fun with a partner. Hawks Cay offers tennis lessons, both for adults and kids, on their courts. This would be great for a couple or family to do together.
According to the American Council on Exercise, a 124-lb person burns 283 calories an hour while kayaking (a 200-lb. person can burn up to 454 calories). This is about 30-50 calories more than walking. There is really no better way to explore an island than by kayak. You can get in the nooks and crannies that you can’t visit on a boat and you can explore more, and faster, than on foot. You can rent a kayak by the hour, half-and full-day. There are also kayak tours that you can take. They depart daily at 10:00 a.m.
Hawks Cay offers a wide variety of activities to help you get and stay fit while on vacation. You will return home relaxed, rejuvenated and in better shape than when you arrived! Check out the Hawks Cay Experience for more information on planning an active vacation at Hawks Cay. For more information visit www.hawkscay.com or call 877.484.9342.
How do you stay active when you’re on vacation?