When you’re going on holiday, you probably aren’t thinking too much about how healthy your plans might be—unless, of course, you’re on a diet, trying to lose some weight or have some dietary restrictions. Most people, though, tend to put their diets and healthy lifestyles on hold when it comes time for a holiday. They assume that they can set aside their healthy habits for a few days or weeks, then pick them back up again. The truth is that it is very difficult to take a break from healthy habits then pick them back up. All research indicates that it’s very easy to fall out of the habit, making it unlikely you will start again soon. The best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, even on holiday, is to take a walking holiday.
What Is a Walking Holiday?
Essentially, these are holidays in which, as the name implies, you spend a decent amount of time walking. Typically, they are holidays that take place in iconic cities with a lot of landmarks and tourist attractions. Walking holidays in Europe are incredibly popular for Americans, UK citizens and many others. At their core, you walk around a city experiencing as much of it as you can. In other instances, they might be hiking or trekking holidays that take place a little farther out in the countryside. These holidays highlight the beauty of nature, the pastoral beauty of rural life and the health benefits of fresh air.
You might be thinking that a walking or trekking holiday sounds great, but you wouldn’t know where to start. Luckily, there are organisations that specialise in creating hiking and trekking holidays.
Do You Need to Pay for One?
Paying someone to tell you where to walk around might seems a little illogical, but it actually makes perfect sense. Cities can be incredibly complicated and confusing for someone who hasn’t been there before. Even if you have been there before, you might worry that you’re missing out on some of the best parts of a city. You might worry you’re missing out on the best restaurants, best music venues and so on. A guided holiday ensures that you are experiencing the best there is to see and do—better yet, since these are self-guided tours, you can move at your own pace. You can look at the schedule of events and destinations on your tour and decide for yourself. If you want to stay longer at some place, you can. If you want to skip somewhere else, you can. It’s all a matter of your preferences.
What about Health?
Well, walking is considered one of the healthiest activities you can do. It is low-impact, so it’s possible even for people with hip, knee or joint pain. It provides a good amount of exercise without too much intensity. The best thing is, you can enjoy a holiday while you exercise.
If you want to find a way to combine your holiday with healthy habits, and set your own pace while you enjoy your time away, you should look into a walking or hiking holiday today.