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How to keep fit on your Ibiza holiday

Stay fit during your Ibiza stay this summer and every summer with this handy guide.

You've worked hard in the gym, you've counted each calorie meticulously and now you're ready to undo it all with jug upon jug of sangria, more tapas than you can fit in your car boot and days baking in the sun without moving a muscle (except of course to transfer your cocktail from table to mouth) … wrong!

Of course, that's an extreme example. But even on holiday a lot of us still want to keep up the training whilst still relaxing.

Luckily, Ibiza has many different ways to get the muscles moving and taste delicious and nutritious food – whilst still having fun. It's not all treadmills and kale smoothies.

Here's a guide on how to keep fit on Ibiza.


Holiday fuel

Preparing food for delivery in the Food Ninja Kitchen

It's okay to admit it. We all indulge a little more than usual when on holiday and come back feeling a little tighter around the waist. But if you'd rather not like to spend an age getting into your jeans back home, then read on.

If you're a tupperware aficionado back home who counts every macronutrient, then Food Ninja Kitchen is for you. This new healthy food service prepares, cooks and even delivers high-quality, healthy and nutritious food to you anywhere on the island. It can tailor each meal to your specific goals and dietary needs. Neat.

If you desire a gourmet dinner, then try restaurants such as Peyote Ibiza Bay in Talamanca with a superfood and gluten-free packed menu. Delicious local food can be had at Cas Costas near Playa d'en Bossa or Can Pilot in San Rafael too - both are great for grilled meats.

If you prefer food on the go Rona's Deli in Playa d'en Bossa does a great superfood menu that can be delivered anywhere in the resort, including the beach. Passion Cafe, with eateries across the island - provides superfood sustenance too, without any taste compromise.

For vegans, Wild Beets in Santa Gertrudis and Honest Bar in San Antonio Bay are both a popular and nutritious choice for the fitness-conscious none-meat-eaters.

Ibiza is rich with locally produced fruit and vegetables. Try the many locally-grown varieties of tomatoes, fresh almonds and watermelon - reputed to be one of the best in the world - when you shop. You'll find grass-fed meat and Ibizan red prawns in the food markets of Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town and there are organic shops with high quality food in most of the major resorts.


Keeping your regular workout

Hotels like the Torre del Mar have gyms just a lift ride away

Just because you're on Ibiza doesn't mean you'll have to ditch your routine. There are plenty of gyms on the island. Fraile Gym is a popular chain with centres dotted around the island. There's also Lineas in San Antonio and Nirvana in Playa d'en Bossa, used by many seasonal workers… so you know it's reasonably-priced!

Many private gyms offer day passes, which means you don't have to commit if you don't want to. Just pop-in and ask for the deal which suits you.

if you're lucky, your hotel may have its own. In Playa d'en Bossa, the Torre Del Mar Hotel offers the full works with a very well-equipped gym and spa, which have been completely modernised this year – there's even a stunning sea view when you work out.

Sol Beach House in Santa Eulalia is another luxurious hotel for the modern fitness fanatic. Its three swimming pools (yes three!) all benefit from a seafront location with uninterrupted views of the calming Mediterranean.

If your hotel doesn't have a gym, then ask reception about the best place to go. They'll be more than happy to help. Ibiza's beaches are filled with chiselled bodies, which means one thing: plenty of places to sculpt. Failing that, go for a run along a beach or promenade and practise excercise in nature's own gym.


Mind and body

Morning yoga with a view at Aiyanna Ibiza restaurant

Yoga has exploded in popularity. Ibiza's status as a spiritual place has been established since hippies first took to the island in the 1960s. Since then, this small Balearic island has become a mecca for all forms of yoga.

Many classes abound, but whilst on holiday you might want to try one of the many drop-in outdoor yoga classes, such as at Aiyanna Ibiza. Its stunning Cala Nova bay location is perfect for a morning of tranquil exercise and relaxation – and there's even a healthy breakfast to follow. Sweet.

In San Antonio Bay, Kumharas offers the same, which is handy if you've accidentally sunk a few too many two-for-one vodka mixers the night before. At this place, breakfast is optional, though we suggest you try it as it's great - maybe even detox your liver further with a fresh smoothie.

With the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks as the sun brightens, Amante Beach Club in Cala Llonga offers breathtaking views and is an ideal place to reset your mind and practice your Zen.

If you prefer real isolation, though, then grab your mat and travel deep into the island's wilderness. In front of Es Vedra is a popular place for those wanting to go freestyle.


Having fun

Get those abs tightened and those arm muscles flexed with Kayak Ibiza

Did you know that dancing for just an hour can burn up to 400 calories? That makes those Amnesia terrace marathons even more enjoyable. But if clubbing isn't your thing, Ibiza is a playground filled with other fun activities that get the heart pumping.

Ride the waves and burn the fat at Surf Lounge in San Antonio. The beach sports club is packed full of cool sporty activities to try your hand at. There's volleyball, a swimming pool and its most popular attraction: the Flowrider wave machine.

But of course artificial waves aren't the only way to go. As an island, Ibiza is surrounded by water and there are many different water sports to try out at sea.

Kayaking is a great way to work the upper-body and explore Ibiza's stunning coast at the same time. Kayak Ibiza offers guided tours and there's even a full-moon excursion, should you be on the island at the right time.

Another way to build those biceps and tighten those abdominals is with stand-up paddleboarding. SUP Paradise Ibiza provides a full-day of paddleboard exploration where you can discover some of the island's best-kept secrets.

For a serious full-body workout, try Ocean Mania by Ocean Beach Club in San Antonio Bay. Inspired by the TV show Total Wipeout, you'll certainly be left feeling wiped, yet happy out after giving it a go.

Other sports like tennis and football are big in Spain, so there'll be lots of places to try out in the popular resorts. People travel all over the island to go to Viva Tennis in San Antonio, where if you don't have a partner, they will find one for you. Coaching is offered too and whilst you might not be the next Rafael Nadal, it doesn't mean you can't be as as fit.


There you have it. How to keep fit on your Ibiza holiday. Not as difficult as you might think. Keeping active and eating good food is as easy as jumping on a surfboard and drinking a mojito; well, it does have fruit in it, right?

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