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5 Sports Tourism Activities for Travelers

By Milede Matuk |

Enjoy your vacation and stay in shape by practicing the 5 best types of sports tourism activities.

We all love going on vacation and making the most of it; however, sometimes it can be challenging to combine leisure with training. For this reason, in previous articles DINKtravelers has shared with you a workout you can do in your hotel room, as well as some ecotourism activities such as mountaineering that can help you burn lots of calories. Today, we want to show you other ways in which health and fun meet while traveling.

Make the most of your trip with these sports tourism activities:

#1 Barefoot Running on the Beach

For a long time, barefoot running has been commonly practiced  in many cultures around the world. Today it’s one of the favorite activities for runners because it allows them to have greater contact with the surface and an increased awareness of the technique required for running. It is also an experience that gets you closer to nature. Some of our favorite beach destinations to practice barefoot running are the Bahamas, Hawaii and Jamaica.

Barefoot Running Health Benefits

These are some advantages of barefoot running:

  • It helps you improve your running footstrike.
  •  It has a lower impact on your joints.
  • It helps you improve your posture.

Several studies have shown that running barefoot on the sand makes you land on your toes instead of your heels, which happens when you run with tennis shoes. This reduces the risk of injuries and sprains. Consider taking up this activity gradually, as you need to get used to the change of footstrike and surface.

#2 Land Sailing

Land yachting or landsailing is an activity in which you use a sail to power yourself across land, usually flat beaches. This is done on three-wheeled carts. It’s a very fun activity that helps reduce stress and anxiety. The best of all is that you don’t need any previous experience to try it.

You can drive the cart with your arms or legs, which strengthens the upper or lower half of your body, depending on the limbs you use. Practice landsailing in Las Vegas, the Canary Islands, Tarifa, and Barcelona. Cart rentals are around 300 USD per hour. Get more information here.

#3 Nordic Walking

This sport combines hiking with skiing. It was created by Finnish ski lovers as a way of enjoying  their favorite sport without snow.

You can go Nordic walking on any terrain, but you require a special technique to do it properly. Walk straight, swinging your arms widely in order to work your upper body, and forming a 60-degree angle with the poles. Finally, keep a steady rhythm, with a moderate or fast walking pace.

Nordic Walking Equipment

Wear comfortable clothes, anti-skid shoes, and a pair of Nordic walking poles. They’re quite light and resistant.

Some of the best places where you can practice Nordic walking are located in the United Kingdom, Chile, and Gerona, in Spain. Make sure you check when winter season starts in the place you visit.

#4 Paddle Surf on the Beach

Nowadays, paddle surf or paddleboard is widely practiced. It’s especially popular in the United States, the beaches of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and destinations like Oahu and Maui, in Hawaii. It consists in standing on a board that is a little bit longer than a surfboard, and using a long oar to sail. The movement, which requires you keep your balance, offers many health benefits: it helps you strenghten your core, arms and legs; it improves your coordination and balance, and reduces stress levels.

Take into account that paddle surf is not an activity that should be practiced by any person, especially if you have ear ailments or suffer from seasickness. Also, take some precautions because the sea currents can push you away from the shore and complicate your return.

#5 High Altitude Training

High-altitude training is great for physical conditioning because it requires resistance, which  improves endurance. In high altitude areas there is a very low concentration of oxygen, so training is a great challenge. However, it might be risky for people with a low physical condition,  since the lack of oxygen can produce mountain sickness, headaches, and high blood pressure.

Altitude Required for High Altitude Training

In this case, physical activity is done between 1500 and 2000 meters of altitude. The effects of a seven-day training last up to three weeks. The most important part of altitude training is acclimatization, and letting your body get used to the environmental conditions. Therefore, add a few extra days to your trip so you have time to prepare.

The American continent offers some of the best options to practice altitude training. DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, suggests you visit Toluca, in Mexico; Cochabamba, in Bolivia; and Bogota, in Colombia.

Recommendations to Practice Sports Tourism

  • If you’re interested in barefoot running but are afraid to suffer an injury, wear the special footwear that’s been especially designed for this activity.
  • Wear biodegradable sunscreen whenever you practice outdoor activities to prevent sun damage.
  • Before you go Nordic walking, make sure you warm up and cool down to prevent joint injuries.
  • Proper hydration is fundamental for any sports activity.
  • Although it’s a bit uncomfortable, don’t forget to use a life saving jacket when paddleboarding.

Now you know some sports tourism activities you can practice on your next vacation. Follow our recommendations to enjoy these sports and improve your health. Don’t forget to share your sports tourism experience with us.