Healthy, Active Britain
As the London 2012 Olympic Games start winding down, athletes are already back training and gearing up for more competitions around the world. Britain's Olympians have done very well on the podium this year, due perhaps in part to the fantastic natural landscapes in the UK that make their country like a natural gym:
Wales is the only place in the world where it is possible to walk the entire coastline of a country in one path, along the Wales Coastal Path. This path, which just opened this spring, allows visitors to explore sandy beaches, views from atop stunning cliffs, picturesque harbours, quiet villages and bustling cities.
To truly escape from it all, you could discover the hidden valleys, chalk streams and peaceful villages of the Yorkshire Wolds. Famous for its excellent walking and cycling trails, the Wolds is a fabulous place to enjoy the English countryside at its very best.
Or if you'd prefer a faster pace to push yourself to your limits, try sea kayaking in Scotland. Wilderness Scotland offers kayaking excursions for a range of skill levels right up to the intense trip from Loch Linnhe to the Sound of Arisaig on Scotland's western coast. This challenging and spectacular trip was voted the “tour of a lifetime” by National Geographic.
But every athlete knows that exercise isn't the only thing to consider while training. Eating right is extremely important! Known around the world as the country responsible for bangers and mash, fish and chips and the pub lifestyle, Britain also offers a wide range of delicious healthy food options.
The best way to find out about British food and to get the best local produce to create one's own healthy snacks, check out one of the many farmer's markets or food festivals across Britain. Borough Market in London is open seven days a week throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games and offers an exceptional range of British and international food. Bristol's St. Nicholas Market was voted one of the 10 best in the UK and offers a special “slow food” market every month. If you can't get enough of the slow food movement, head to the Ludlow Food Festival in Shropshire, the home of Slow Food UK.
Even the quintessential British indulgence, Afternoon Tea, can be healthy! Brown's Hotel in London offers “TEA-TOX” for the health-conscious. This special version of their award-winning traditional afternoon tea offers guilt-free indulgence, featuring such delicacies as chicory leaf with smoked mackarel and a soft-boiled quail's egg, blueberries and lemon cream served in a chocolate cup (but with low-fat creme fraiche and sugar-free xoxoline chocolate) and even low-calorie Dosnon & Lepage Extra-Brut champagne.
Whether you're training for the next Olympics or just looking for an escape that won't hurt your waistline, Britain is a great place to have fun and stay healthy. Bring back memories without the extra pounds!
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