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Which sports are good for your health?

Maintaining a regular exercise schedule is important if you're going to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. Although many people go on holiday to relax and recharge, sporting holidays can provide a great opportunity to both have fun and keep healthy.

Top 5 sports for keeping fit and healthy

1. Swimming

Swimming is one of the best sports for keeping fit and healthy. It helps you lose weight, improves your muscle strength and increases your lung capacity. With all the summer sun that a holiday provides, it's also an excellent option to enjoy on holiday.

2. Cycling

Cycling helps you to burn calories in a less strenuous way. Summer holidays are the perfect time for cycling, with many people inspired by the big races around the world. Many companies even run cycling holidays in which you can travel across countries and states, cycling a certain amount of miles a day.

3. Rowing

Whether you're looking for a peaceful rowboat down the Amsterdam canals or the rivers of Oxford, rowing allows you to see some of the most beautiful views in the world, get close to the water, and increase your muscle strength and lose weight.

4. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing, an extreme sport, is as thrilling as it is good for your health, with benefits including increasing your strength and flexibility. Whether you want to scale a real cliff, or simply go on the climbing wall at your holiday resort, rock climbing can be a fun way to keep you in shape. If you do decide to participate in extreme sports, you'll need to take out appropriate sports travel insurance that will cover you in the event of an accident or injury that might occur from rock climbing.

5. Running

Running is an excellent endurance sport that is particularly appealing whilst on holiday, where there is a range of new sights to see and places to visit.

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