While a beach holiday usually paints the picture of lazing around and indulging in the little pleasures in life, the fitness enthusiast might be craving to break free from their daily woes but still hesitant to completely drop their workout routines. So how do you book a fun holiday and still stay guiltlessly fit without bringing your daily burdens with you?
If you’re not simply burning to stay lean and want to maintain some muscle, our Fenix Beach Resort Samui has a gym with all the standard equipment for you to get by while still giving yourself a break from your normal life.
This option is of course, ideal for those who already know exactly what to do and are excellent at motivating themselves without the help of anyone else at their regular gym back home. However, if you’re one of the majority who needs the assistance of of a personal trainer or at least a friend to keep them company, an attempted gym session on your holiday might not be the most productive.
Here, we shall list several fun ways where you can relax at the beach with no guilt and enjoy your seafood while sneaking a workout into more enjoyable activities! The most basic recommendation would be swimming.
Don’t underestimate what a couple of laps per day can do for you. While the hardcore gymnast might look over the benefits of swimming, swimming is actually a highly aerobic exercise that does not heavily impact your bones. When your body is in the water, your weight automatically becomes lighter which makes the swimming pool a better place to work on any stiff muscles or sore joints.
Swimming is also an excellent way to tone and strengthen your muscles as well as shredding off the calories you consume from your seafood binging – even more effective than running as water is more dense than air by twelve times and therefore providing more resistance. Not to mention the fact that you can continue to laze in the water and have fun with friends and family with the picturesque backdrop of Lamai beach after your laps.
An additional benefit to swimming is the fact that you’re working all parts of your body at the same time and also strengthening your heart, improving your cholesterol ratio, improving asthma symptoms, reducing chances of diabetes and lowering your stress level for a longer life span – it’s a win-win situation!
You can equally get the same level of exercise in the sea as you do in the swimming pool. However, as salt water tends to sting the eyes more, some may not be comfortable in diving into the sea and doing laps against rougher waves. You can get a good work out in the sea simply by walking in the water. Walking in the water is more effective than your average stroll in the park because of the resistance you get from the water and also the sand.
The water level should be at least 30 centimetres deep but for the ultimate effect, the higher level the water, the more resistance you get to work with. This is a simple way to work out your body without having any expert water sport skills like a surfer would.
Another way to have fun while working out is to snorkel in the sea so you can incorporate swimming with exploring beautiful marine life. You can easily get information and good snorkelling deals by visiting our your counter in the Fenix Beach Resort Samui lobby that has contacts with several agencies in Koh Samui that offers snorkelling packages.
For deep water snorkelling, one would usually take a day trip to Koh Tao – a nearby island to Koh Samui. However, the Koh Samui island itself offers multiple choices for shallow water snorkelling if you’re more interested in relaxation than you are in adventure.
Another great way to exercise in sea water is kayaking. Our hotel offers complimentary kayaks for our in-house guests to use, all you have to do is inform our hotel staff in advance so we can prepare them for you and schedule the times the kayak boats are free to use.
The reason why kayaking is another good alternative to the gym is due to the cardiovascular exercise you get and the general muscle work outs from rowing the boats. As kayaking is an aerobic workout, it improves your heart, cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, and the strength of your lungs while lowering your blood pressure and burning those calories. You also benefit your mental health for a clearer and happier mind while gaining an enviously slim figure.
The last but not least of our recommendations is to get some exercise while finding some inner peace with the yoga classes offered in Koh Samui. A 15 minutes’ drive from the Fenix Beach Resort Samui, The Yogarden offers one-off classes, workshops and packages of various types of yoga, be it the basic hatha yoga to Pilates – they even offer a kid’s yoga which is great for those travelling as a family!
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Operating from Monday to Saturday morning, you can easily check their schedule on their official website alongside their pricing scheme.
Be it a session of beach volleyball or any of the recommended activities above, you can be rest assured that treating yourself to the beach holiday you deserve does not necessarily mean that you can’t look after yourself. With our tips and tricks on how to make the most of your holiday, you can now kick back and enjoy yourself without any lingering stress! For more travel tips and the latest hotel promotions, feel free to follow us at Compass Hospitality!