A third of Brits keep fit while abroad

Holiday ExerciseThe image of Brits sunning their beer-bellies on foreign beaches could be a thing of the past as a massive 39% if holidaymakers plan to exercise while on holiday this year.

The research, by Club Med, looked at the exercise habits of Brits while abroad and found that 44% of today’s holidaymakers are more likely to take part in gentle exercise to stay ship-shape on holiday than they would have five years ago.

Preventing the expansion of waistlines

For 27% of Brits, exercising on holiday means they can indulge in delicious foreign food without feeling guilty or seeing their waistlines expand.

Meanwhile, 16% enjoy exercise as a way to discover sports and activities that are not available in the UK and 11% use their holiday as an excuse to get fit with family and friends.

Social media plays a huge role in the decision to exercise for 11% of people who use celebs for inspiration while desires to look good in swimwear also played a part - although surprisingly this was a bigger motivation for men (28%) than for women (18%).

Almost one quarter (24%) of people are likely to work-out while on a family holiday compared to 16% who travel with friends and 19% who want to get fit with their partner.

Getting a tan and staying fit

While there seems to be an increase in demand for fitness while abroad, only 19% of Brits will rate the standard of gym equipment at their resort as “important” or “very important”.

Moreover, 36% of Brits said they would be more willing to work-out while on holiday if all gym equipment was in the sun and 20% said they would be tempted to join in the fun if they could get a tan at the same time.

The top ten activities Brits use to stay fit while on holiday are:

  1. Swimming
  2. Hiking
  3. Hotel gym equipment
  4. Tennis
  5. Scuba diving
  6. Yoga
  7. Team sports
  8. Golf
  9. Horse riding
  10. Skiing

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year to get a tan, lose weight and have fun then remember to bookbudget travel insurance before you leave

Date Created: 22 July 2015

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