7. Play active games. When most people think of outdoor games, they think of team sports such as hockey, baseball or soccer, all of which can be both intimidating and excessively strenuous for adults who stopped playing such sports a long time ago. Opt instead for gentler games – badminton, table tennis, lawn bowling. Your goal: to play an outdoor game every day while on vacation.
8. Create a silly tournament. Particularly if there are children on the trip, it can be a riot to create your own mini-Olympics. For example, if you use the swimming pool every day, have a daily competition, such as holding your breath underwater, swimming between people's legs or having a big splash contest. Or maybe a week-long badminton competition. ‘Silly’ is the operative word – don't make it a serious competition, just a chance to have active fun.
9. Play miniature golf. You burn more calories sitting rather than lying, standing than sitting, and walking than standing. Although miniature golf won't incinerate fat, it will burn more calories than lying in a hammock. Plus, your children will have a great time. You probably will too.