Fitness breaks

Exercise ClassIf you want to give your fitness levels a head start or get in shape whilst on holiday then a fitness break with a friend or partner is an option worth considering. Here are some of the best :

FITSCAPE from The Healthy Holiday Company, which offers week long fitness holidays for men and women of all ages and abilities. You will get a fitness schedule designed for you, incorporating one-on-one training, group cardio sessions, walking, hiking and jogging all of which will leave you energized and motivated to keep fit. Offering a perfect balance between sporty action and comfortable self indulgence the food is healthy and delicious, and you can choose between a chic hideaway on a wild stretch of Moroccan coastline or a stay in a family run Relais & Chateau hotel in the Italian Dolomites. For one reader’s personal feedback click here.

THE ALLADALE RETREAT near Inverness, Scotland offers several different five day programmes of cardio training, invigorating hiking, yoga and Pilates based in a Victorian sporting lodge in beautiful countryside. Laid back luxury and delicious locally sourced food await after all the exercise.

BORDERS BOOT CAMP SelkirkWoman jogging

With 100 acres of forest to exercise in, and the Cheviots and Northumberland National Park on its doorstep it’s not surprising that one recent attendee lost a stone in under a week. The ‘camp’ is actually in a warm and comfortable converted mill. Pilates, swimming, mountain biking and energetic trekking are all on offer. The small group size of 8 means there is no hiding, but you are there for a reason! Being UK based it is also reasonably priced. Day camps are available too.

FIT-BOOT CAMP, near Florence

Tough mornings with Royal Navy fitness instructors, followed by afternoons off for R & R or sightseeing if you have the energy!  And then a final burst of exercise before bed. Accomodation is in a lovely location in a lovely coverted farmhouse, within easy reach of Tuscany’s hotspots.

Or if you fancy something nearer home, try their UK luxury option at the Fit Boot camp in Gloucester

IBIZA RETREATS offers 4 day long breaks in the peace and quiet of a beautiful agriturismo. Pilates, yoga, personal training, tai chi and massage are all available to rejuvenate, replenish and restore your body.

THE BODY DOCTOR at the FORTE VILLAGE SARDINIA offers a programme of realistic exercises to achieve weight loss and body toning from a team of fitness specialists trained by David Marshall, personal trainer to the likes of Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl. Body Doctor packages at the Therma del Sporte Spa start at just over £300 including 3 sessions with a persona trainer. Go low season to avoid the children.

TRIYOGA in Morocco is one of the premier British yoga organizations, and has now opened two centres in Morocco with more planned in Ibiza, India and Thailand. Seven day courses offer two sessions a day plus massages and meditation

HILLSIDE SU Turkey is a stylish hotel with private beach, pools and spa where you can take part in a fitness week incorporating nutritional advice, yoga, Pilates, martial arts and boxing with a trainer and nutritionalist.