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Smash your New Year’s resolution with active breaks in the UK

Written by Fiona

January 04 2024

As we head into 2024, many people turn their thoughts to a set of New Year’s resolutions. But while we make well-meaning resolutions every year, most of us fail to keep them, with roughly 80% estimated to fall through annually.

So, if you could make it easier on yourself to meet at least one goal, why wouldn’t you?

After all the Christmas treats, one of the most common resolutions to become more active and fit in the months to come. Or maybe you simply want to try spending more time away from the screen and out in the great outdoors.

Either way, a great plan to help you follow through on that goal is to check out cheap holidays UK that focus around getting active. After all, it’s a lot easier to follow through on exercise if you pair it with something else you can look forward to.

Hit the surf in Cornwall

Rather than a bucket and spade, try taking a surfboard down to the beach this year instead.

It’s hard to think of something more Cornish than surf, other than perhaps the pasties!

When it comes to riding the waves there’s few places in the UK that can truly match Cornwall’s many beaches.

Far from being just for the pros, though, Cornish beaches make for an excellent place to test the waters and start practicing for the first time. All along the length of the county you can find plenty of welcoming surf schools catering to beginners.

For perhaps the most famous surf spot in Cornwall head on over to Fistral beach in Newquay. Home to the Boardmasters festival and surf championships, Fistral is an iconic surf location and a must-visit for surf enthusiasts.

However, even just a stone’s throw away you can find some slightly less intimidating waves at Great Western beach. Situated even closer to the Newquay town centre, the surf here is a little kinder to newcomers and those without the confidence or experience just yet.

Take it slower with paddleboarding

If you’re not quite in the mood to dive straight in with surfing, then there are still ways for you to brave the waves and enjoy the Cornish coast.

In some of the county’s more sheltered bays and harbours you can regularly find paddleboarders cruising along at a gentler pace. Good for taking in the scenery and an excellent way to explore the coast, paddleboarding can still help you burn those extra calories away.

For the very best holiday experience make sure to book your stay somewhere overlooking one of Cornwall’s many beaches. After all, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as sitting and watching the sun set over the waves after a long day of activity. 

Scale the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast

Say you want to try something a little more off the beaten path. Or, even, something with no path at all.

Stretching along the coastline of Devon and Dorset, the Jurassic Coast offers a remarkable environment for rock climbing. Made up of rocks and fossils dating back up to 185 million years, the majesty of these cliffs can’t be overstated. Is there a better way to experience them than by getting up close and hands-on?

The area around Swanage and Portland has many great climbing routes that are suitable to the full range of experience. Whether you’re new to rock climbing or a seasoned veteran, there’s an exhilarating adventure here for you with a variety of professional coaching on offer.

And if you really want to commit to a more rugged vibe for your rock-climbing holiday, then consider pitching up at one of the nearby campsites.

We all know how hard it is to stay motivated to meet your New Year’s resolutions, even with the best will in the world. So, make sure to give yourself the best chance of following through on your goal to be more active in the coming year by treating yourself to a UK activity holiday, so you can get burning those calories.

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