Tourists exercising on holiday

26 March 2013 09:04

Many holidaymakers like to work out while they're on holiday, research has found

Many holidaymakers like to work out while they're on holiday, research has found

Some tourists are spending their holiday exercising rather than relaxing, according to a survey by travel agent sunshine.co.uk. Around 26% of the 1,862 UK adults polled do some form of exercise while on a break. Of these, 62% admit they don't do any form of exercise when they are at home.

Access to good fitness facilities was the main reason for people working out on holiday, followed closely by countering the big calorie intake on a trip. Others just wanted to maintain their fitness, while some said exercises helped them unwind.

"In my opinion, there are better ways to spend a holiday than to be exercising," said Sunshine.co.uk co-founder Chris Clarkson. "Obviously, the odd swim in the pool or sea is part and parcel of a hot holiday, but people shouldn't waste precious holiday hours exercising too much."

Swimming, running on the beach, gym work and exercise classes were the most popular keep-fit activities among holidaymakers. If you're one of the keep-fit-while-away brigade then it is a good idea to take out sports travel insurance, just in case you suffer an injury.

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