Top 5 Fun Ways to Get Fit on the Costa del Sol

Top Five by Panoramic Villas When it comes to getting fit there is literally a world of choice and it can be mind blowing when it comes to knowing where to start. Getting fit can also be a daunting task and quite honestly it can be very boring. Why not combine your holiday to the Costa del Sol with getting fit the fun way and starting an interest that you can continue to enjoy when you get home: We have picked out the Top 5 Fun Ways to Get Fit on the Costa del Sol for you:

Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle has a larger than average surf board and a long paddle to steer and propel you - photo courtesy of www.standuppaddlemarbella.com

Stand Up Paddle has a larger than average surf board and a long paddle to steer and propel you

Stand Up paddle is a fantastic new craze that is taking the world of Watersport by storm. The beauty of this sport is that it is easy to get started and you can be up on your surfboard in just minutes. SUP is a combination of Surfing and Paddling. Your board is bigger than the average size surf boards and you have a long single paddle that you use to steer and propel you. SUP provides you with an all-round fitness workout improving your core strength, balance, your cardio vascular capacity and can help to bring out that six pack. You are not just limited to the Sea either you can take your board to lakes and rivers. Flat calm waters are best before you move onto riding the waves. The stability brought by the paddle makes catching waves easier and more frequent than normal surfing which equals more fun and thrills for you. Contact Stand Up Paddle for lessons and Board Hire whilst you are on the Costa del Sol. They are mobile so can come to a beach near you including Fuengirola, Calahonda, La Cala, Marbella and many others. Stand Up Paddle

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing in Estepona, a great all over workout for your core and upper body - photo courtesy of www.kitesurfestepona.com

Kitesurfing in Estepona, a great all over workout for your core and upper body

Another water based activity that offers endless fun and the opportunity to get ripped whilst riding the waves is Kitesurfing which like any form of Surfing is brilliant for the core although the added element of holding onto the Kite means the upper body gets a real workout. Kitesurfing is harder to learn than SUP but it has to be said that the highs, quite literally, are worth the extra effort. With a good wave and strong breeze it can seem like you are flying as you catch the wind in your kite and take off. Lessons and equipment can be picked up from the team at KiteSurf in Estepona 

Cycling

Mountain biking off road in Campo around Mijas is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the views - photo courtesy of www.marbellarentabike.com

Mountain biking off road in Campo around Mijas is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the views

There can be no better way to take in all your new surroundings whilst getting a complete workout than jumping on the bike and heading off into the distance. The Costa del Sol is perfect for all types of cycling ranging from a leisurely ride along the promenade and stopping off for a lunch and something to drink (low calorie obviously) all the way through to hammering up and down the steep Andalucian Hills. If you are looking to do some road cycling then the Coastal road from Fuengirola to Marbella offers some stunning views and some challenging stretches of road. The A7 is a busy road but if you get out early enough at the weekend you will be rewarded with some amazing Vistas and a real workout. If off road is more your thing then the Campo around Mijas Pueblo makes for perfect terrain with goat trails to follow over the undulating terrain. There are plenty of climbs which are hard work but you do have the pleasure of coming down afterwards. Whilst on Holiday on the Costa Del Sol you can’t exactly bring your bike with you so contact Marbella Rent a Bike who will bring your bike to your Villa. Bikes range from little shoppers that come with children’s chariots all the way through to carbon fibre Triathlon bikes.

Swimming

Inacua Aquatic Centre in Malaga, aerial photograph showing the Olympic size pool - photo courtesy of www.visitcostadelsol.com

Inacua Aquatic Centre in Malaga, aerial photograph showing the Olympic size pool

When it comes to low impact truly effective fitness training then swimming has to be the key exercise. You simply do not get a better all over body workout than when you are in the water.  Obviously as it is the Costa del Sol you have miles of Beaches and Sea in which to swim, although Sea swimming is a whole new level when compared to the pool so if you don’t fancy it then we have compiled some of the best Olympic size swimming pools on the Costa del Sol. Inacua Aquatic Centre, Malaga. Here there are 4 swimming pools two of which are Olympic Size.  A full fitness suite and café. The centre is open all year through. Visit Inacua Aquatic Centre. Torremolinos Swimming Centre has two 50 metre heated Olympic size swimming pools each with 8 lanes. The centre is open all year and is just 15 minutes West of Malaga and 10 Minutes East of Fuengirola. You can actually see it from the main A7 as you go from Malaga to Marbella. If you really want to challenge yourself you will also find a diving pool.

If Olympic pools are a stretch too far at the moment take a dip in your private heated pool at your villa.

Paddle Tennis

Why not try Paddle Tennis at the Benalmadena's Racquet Club - photo courtesy of www.visitcostadelsol.com

Why not try Paddle Tennis at the Benalmadena’s Racquet Club

If you fancy something a little different and very typically Spanish then why not give Paddle Tennis a try. It is very similar to the full version of tennis but without the technical aspects. Here you only have a paddle and a smaller court to work with but the speed and intensity remains so a good workout is assured. The best location to try this hugely popular sport is at the Benalmadena Racquet club which is located close to the renowned Tivoli World. The club is open every day for 16 hours so you can play in the cool of the evenings if the days prove to be too hot Benalmadena Racquet Club.

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