Need to kick start your health and fitness regime but balk at the idea of boring gyms or uninspiring activity centres? Indulge in nature and spend time investing in yourself with one of these hot exercise experiences on offer in the sublime Whitsundays region. Guest Blogger Sarah Blinco, who has her own travel blog Travel Live Learn, investigates the holiday options that will have your body, mind and spirit feeling fitter and rejuvenated.
Inspired Training at Airlie Beach
Personal trainers, Michelle Murphy and Ann Parrott, are removing the 'boring' out of fitness by putting their beautiful backyard to good use in the form of a brand new holiday experience based out of Airlie Beach, the Whitsunday Fitness Escape. A three-day program incorporates a couple of exercise sessions per day, delicious (but healthy) meal options, and motivational talks presented by health experts. Particular highlights include training by the ocean and hiking in the hills around Airlie Beach. You'll be short on breath because the exercise sessions are tough, but your breath will be taken away also by the spectacular views across the Whitsunday Islands.
Hike on Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island offers guests dozens of sports club activities including Zumba, spin class, Pilates and bush walking. Those up for an outdoor fitness challenge can take an early morning walk or run up Passage Peak, a spectacular but challenging path to the island's highest vantage point (don't forget your camera because the views are amazing). This excursion now links fitness with an interesting self-guided tour, thanks to a brand new audio guide available free via Apple iTunes. As you exercise, utilise this clever technology to simultaneously learn all about the island's history including the original land-owners, first British adventurers and present-day proprietors.
The Gym at Qualia
Qualia is a secluded resort experience nestled on Hamilton Island. The exclusive property and all its amenities, beaches and views are reserved solely for the fortunate few who book a stay. Take fitness at your own pace - yoga, swimming, bushwalking - all in seclusion. The state-of-the-art gym is a real treat, and stunning views will ensure the mind is inspired while your body works out. Personal training options are readily available should you wish to engage a professional to tailor a custom program that will target individual goals during your stay.
Tennis on Hayman Island
At Australia's most awarded private island, Hayman, indulge in any number of activities that are great for fitness, but so fun you won't even realise you're exercising. 'Adventure Hayman' is a brand new interactive activities and tour desk where guests can gather to hear about all there is to do in the area, presented by Hayman's experienced adventure team. Book in private sessions on Hayman's own tennis court with an on-site tennis pro.
Kayak the Whitsundays
There's no way you would spend time in the Whitsundays without venturing towards the water at some point. Exercise options are plentiful and ever-evolving in the region. One such example? Kayaking half-day tours from Hayman Island provide an all-over body workout, as well as delightful, up-close-and-personal encounters with the Great Barrier Reef and unique marine life - the ultimate exercise and travel adventure escape.