Did you go away over Easter? Perhaps like many other Brits you made the most of the long weekend by taking part in a yoga retreat or fitness holiday. New research published by Travelex shows that the number of British people planning a fitness holiday has doubled in the past year, with around one in two people considering an activity-based break as opposed to the traditional ‘fly and flop’ vacation.

The survey found that one in the three people wanted to ‘tone up’ whilst on holiday and a quarter of people surveyed said they would like to lose weight. In contrast, only one out of twenty people said they would want to go on a group drinking holiday.

As more and more Brits are saying no thanks to poolside chips and beers and rolling out their yoga mats, could this signal the demise of the boozy Brits abroad stereotype?

Fitness and wellbeing holidays give people the chance to spend time away from the stress and demands of daily life, providing people with the opportunity to focus solely on their wellbeing without distractions and feeling guilty. Healthier eating and improved mental health were revealed as two of the main reasons why people decide to go on wellbeing holidays.

Separate research by a travel company found that staying active while on vacation is now important for 82 percent of people. Yoga, dance classes and meditation all featured at the top of the list for healthy holiday activities.

“Gone are the days when people want to return from holiday feeling sluggish with waistbands that little bit tighter. With our collective life spans increasing by approximately 30 years, the importance of a healthy lifestyle has never been so important. More people lead cash-rich and time-poor lives making it harder to focus on their own wellbeing. A health and fitness holiday can be a great way to reset the body, learn a new approach and develop good habits to bring home.”- Paul Joseph, Health and Fitness Travel

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