Feel Virtuous After Your Holiday Workout

By Thomas Cook, PRNE
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

LONDON, October 5, 2011 -

Thomas Cook’s Guide to Active Destinations for World Fitness Week

Not everyone wants to lounge in a deckchair for the duration of their holiday and with World Fitness Week upon us (3-9th October) check out Thomas Cook’s guide to top holidays guaranteed to keep you active.  Even an hour spent packing a suitcase will burn off 161 calories, making the stress of choosing what to take on holiday all the more virtuous!  

Running and Mountain Biking

The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range forming the northern backbone of Majorca is a beacon for outdoor enthusiasts providing trails suitable for runners, walkers, mountain bike enthusiasts right up to hardcore tri-athletes taking part in ‘Ultra Trail’ championships.

Calories burned by an hour of mountain biking: 645

Calories burned by an hour of running: 766 (at 6mph)

Direct Holidays Delxue - 7 nights in Majorca from £412 per person

Staying at the 4 star Puerto Pollentia in Puerto Pollensa on half board, Gatwick - 1st May 2012

www.directholidays.co.uk or call the dedicated call centre on 0844-879-8173


Tenerife is the home of Spain’s highest mountain, in Teide National Park.  Seasoned walkers can scale the 12,198ft high volcanic peak of Mount Tiede and be rewarded with stunning vistas.  Keen hikers may want stay at a summit refuge and experience the magical night sky or a beautiful sunrise over the national park.

Calories burned by an hour of hiking: 453

Thomas Cook Holidays with Style - 7 nights in Tenerife from £465 per person

Staying at the 4 star Barcelo Santiago in Puerto Santiago on half board, London Gatwick - 3rd February 2012

www.thomascookstyle.co.uk, 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

Snorkeling or Diving

Egypt’s ‘Red Sea Riviera’ on the southern Sinai coast, is renowned for its underwater scenery filled with over 250 different corals and 1,000 species of exotic fish.  You’ll be so mesmerised you won’t even realise you’re actually exercising!

Calories burned by an hour of snorkeling: 403

Thomas Cook Holidays with Style - 7 nights in Egypt from £656 per person

Staying at the 4 star Sentido Crystal Bay in Hurghada on all inclusive, London Gatwick - 3rd February 2012

www.thomascookstyle.co.uk, 0844-412-5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places


Portugal is deemed the ‘Golfers Paradise’ as it boasts no less than 70 courses of varying design and difficulty.  Numerous regions across the country are home to a variety of courses offering practice to everyone from beginners to professionals.

Calories burned by an hour of golf: 463 (carrying clubs) or 262 (using a golf cart)

Thomas Cook - 7 nights in Portugal from £520 per person

Staying at the 4 star Dom Pedro Golf in Vilamoura on half board, Manchester - 1 May 2012

www.thomascook.com, 0844-412-5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places


The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira offers more sedate walking options.   Visitors can amble along water channels known as “levadas” and explore the Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site. City lovers can roam the streets of the cosmopolitan capital Funchal admiring the old streets and city squares.

Calories burned by an hour of gentle walking: 211 (at 2mph)

Thomas Cook Holidays with Style - 7 nights in Madeira from £570 per person

Staying at the 5 star Cliff Bay Resort in Funchal on bed & breakfast, London Gatwick - 6th February 2012

www.thomascookstyle.co.uk, 0844-412-5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

Salsa Dancing

Salsa in Cuba represents a melting pot for European (Spanish) and African cultures with the origins of Cuban style Salsa firmly rooted in the Afro-Cuban Rumba style of dancing.  Visitors can sample the hot and spicy rhythms with classes, workshops or by simply enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Calories burned by an hour of salsa dancing: 453

Airtours - 14 nights in the Cuba from £928 per person

Staying at the 3 star Brisas Guardavalaca in Guardavalaca on all-inclusive, Manchester - 1st February 2012

www.airtours.co.uk, 0844-871-6636 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places

Notes to Editors:

Calorie calculation based on an average 12 stone person (168 lbs)

Source: www.healthstatus.com

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