Regular exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Study after study shows that physical activity has a strong and positive impact on psychological wellbeing and mental health.
For many people, this will mean the chore of going to the gym, but if you enjoy the outdoors, speed and adventure, physical activity can be a pleasure to look forward to. Moreover, the interaction between being in nature and being physically active will have even greater positive effects on wellbeing compared to physical activity in an indoor environment.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”Buddha
Talking about getting fit, outdoors and nature, water sports are a great choice to make the body’s muscles work and get in shape while having fun while enjoying the beach and the sea. The physical exercise involved with most water sports like rowing, paddleboarding, or surfing is a complete one that will allow you to strengthen the muscles of the abdominals, arms, and legs, improve fatigue resistance, balance and agility.
SUP, for example, is getting a lot of praise as cardiovascular crossover training and is considered a great way to stay fit even without riding in waves. It is also an amazing way to enjoy coastal scenery and nature. Developed in Hawaii and undoubtedly one of the most popular water sports, surfing requires a great deal of body flexibility and balance. But wait! There is more! Thanks to a large amount of adrenaline released, surfing and other water sports water sports such as the driving of watercraft like a jet ski or a sea-doo also provide an excellent way to release stress.
As we venture further toward summer, and you are looking for some out-of-the-ordinary ways to work on your fitness while enjoying the island of Mallorca from the sea, why not try a keyboard, a seabob, or one of the latest jet skis and sea-doos on the market?
Sports have a different way of pumping your heart and mind. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the cliff-jumping adventure will get your adrenaline soaring as you shimmy along rocky ravines, abseil down sheer cliffs and dive into startling blue lagoons. A fun-filled 4.5-hour tour in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Serra de Tramuntana mountains, leaping off cliffs and ledges into icy plunge pools. This small-group tour is limited to eight people and includes full instruction, so there’s no experience necessary.
If you love horses, you’ll love Mallorca! The island has a wealth of horse-related activities for you to enjoy, regardless of age or ability. Even if you have never ridden before, you couldn’t wish for a more perfect location to take up the saddle. Beautiful countryside, stunning nature reserves, sleepy country lanes, pristine beaches…little wonder Mallorca is seen as a horse-riding paradise.
Happily, Mallorca is dotted with horse riding stables and schools as well as mile upon mile of bridle paths to be explored. The most popular areas to enjoy horse-riding are in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains in the north of the island, and the hills of the Serres de Llevant in Mallorca’s eastern region.
Rancho Grande, for example, is up in the north of the island and appeals to animal lovers the world over. No matter how great your riding experience, there’s a level here that will suit you. Not only will you be able to ride through the charming Mallorcan countryside, but you’ll be able to take the horses on the pristine beaches of Son Serra de Marina on the Bay of Alcudia too. And that’s not all. The ranch’s zoo is a great way to see a mixture of fascinating native Mallorcan animals, as well as some rather exotic species.
Hipica Formentor is the place to be for those who genuinely care about the welfare of these lovely animals. All the animals here are bare hoofed and bitless, so you know they are happy horses!
Here you can enjoy various rides exploring the fabulous foothills of the Tramuntana mountains and the gorgeous Mallorcan countryside.
Short rides, full-day rides, or even a full-monty riding holiday – the choice is yours. Hipica Formentor also acts as an equine rescue center for the whole of the island of Mallorca.
The Club Hipico La Gubia near Bunyola is the perfect place for families as it offers horse-riding lessons from 4 years of age upwards. However, if a horse appears a little too daunting, you can choose to ride a pony instead! Advanced riders are also well catered for here. So, no matter what level of ability you ride at, it’s a great way to witness the spectacular scenery provided by Mallorca’s Sierra Norte National Park. There are a swimming pool, tennis court, and golf course too, so if you enjoy being active, it’s an ideal choice.
But what if you like horses – but from a distance? No problem: simply enjoy a day at the (trotting) races! This is an ancient Mallorcan tradition where the jockey is positioned in a small riding cart at the horse’s rear, where he keeps the horse in controlled trotting mode to the finishing line. Just outside Palma, you’ll find Hippodrome Son Pardo which provides fast and furious races on Sundays. It’s a great day out for all the family and entrance is free! So whether you’re a seasoned rider or simply an enthusiastic spectator, you’ll find a little piece of horsey heaven here in Mallorca!