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With the 2012 London Olympics just a few months away, one third of the British population are planning to escape the Olympic frenzy and go on holiday, according to ABTA. Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made active and wellness holidays worldwide has found that the Olympics is inspiring more Brits to be healthier and fitter, so much so that the Olympic spirit is encouraging us to holiday like Olympians.
There's nothing like an Olympic Games to flame a burning desire for optimal health. Getting active on holiday can be fun and encouraging for any budding sporting heroes. Whether your passion is sailing, cycling, horse riding or swimming, there are adrenaline-fuelled and healthy holidays to suit everyone's tastes. Being the biggest display of sporting achievement worldwide, the Olympics is encouraging us to stay motivated, focused and dedicated to health and fitness, even if holidaying overseas.
Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, says: "We have lots of clients who want to escape London whilst the Olympics are on. The rise in enquiries and bookings for this period has trebled; popular destinations are Europe, the Caribbean and Far East. Many are inspired to mimic the healthy and balanced lifestyles of admired Olympic athletes, and will do this by holidaying on active and wellness inspired trips this summer."
If you are looking for a sport that anyone can do, try swimming which will energise every muscle in the body. In addition, cycling can improve your cardiovascular fitness and kayaking can be a test of speed and agility as well as improving your muscle strength. Research by University of Zurich in Switzerland has shown that football is more effective than running in losing weight and acrobatic based sports such as gymnastics or yoga will improve flexibility and co-ordination.
By venturing on a health and fitness break, you can sample various Olympic sports along with other activities like beach boxing, aerial adventures and spa treatments whilst enjoying beautiful scenery. Expert professionals will provide guidance and training on programmes that are catered to your sporting needs. Whether you want to combine football and tennis in the Caribbean, cycling and swimming in Mallorca, or yoga and hiking in Portugal, there is something to inspire us to renew our active lifestyles.
So now that you're fired up to be part of something Olympic, why not try some of these sporting holidays recommend by Health and Fitness Travel: