Body & Soul: Staying Fit During the Holidays

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a chore. From bike tours and hikes through Cayman’s natural landscape to challenging yourself to a half-marathon to saving holiday desserts for special occasions, let these fun and effortless tips for losing or maintaining weight during the holiday season move you!

Tour East End by Bike

Channel your inner kid and go for a bike ride around the eastern districts with Eco Rides Cayman. Tours range from two to four hours and are a fun way to see the natural and untouched beauty of both North Side and East End. Most tours hug the coast with stops along the way to enjoy the inner workings of hidden trails and the privacy of secluded beaches. One of the most popular tours is Cayman Cave Trek, which ventures into the underground cave attraction Cayman Crystal Caves for a unique experience on its own.

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A hidden beach in East End, Grand Cayman [Credit: Eco Rides Cayman]
For more information about Eco Rides Cayman, visit ecoridescayman.ky.

Walk the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon

Doctors around the world proclaim that walking regularly is one of the easiest forms of exercise to lose and maintain weight. It’s no wonder that thousands of residents and visitors flock to Grand Cayman in December to participate in the annual Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon. The 13.1 mile half-marathon, which takes place 4 December, is a great option for inexperienced walkers and runners who wish to take on the course at their own pace and tallies over 30,000 steps, easily equating to more than 1,000 calories burned.

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My friend Marzeta (L) and I took on the challenge of walking the half-marathon last year

For more information about the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, visit caymanislandsmarathon.com.

Hike the Mastic Trail

Bird watchers, nature lovers, botanists and curious minds alike enjoy the splendour of the Mastic Trail, a 200-year-old nature reserve located in North Side, Grand Cayman. The dry forest is home to a variety of wild birds and butterflies, small animals and great trees protected by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Guided tours of the trail are encouraged for a full and informative experience and can be organised through the National Trust.

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[Credit: Official Facebook page of the Mastic Trail]
For more information about hiking the Mastic Trail, visit nationaltrust.org.ky.

Dance under the Stars

What better way to lose a few pounds than dancing amongst friends? With popular local events like Calico Jack’s monthly full moon party, weekly salsa lessons and boogie nights at The Wharf restaurant, dancing in the street during the annual festival Pirates Week, and hopping New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s no better time to don your dancing shoes and shed a pound or two while doing it!

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Calico Jack’s monthly full moon party is always a hot party! [Credit: Epic Day Entertainment]

Moderate Your Heavy Cakes

The Christmas season in the Cayman Islands is synonymous with warm, oooey-gooey heavy cakes – a combination of grated cassava or yam, coconut milk, brown sugar, butter and secret spices that bake into a beautifully dense and sticky dessert. It is unofficially regarded as the Islands’ national dessert. With Pirates Week, Cayman Thanksgiving and a number of holiday parties and gatherings scheduled during November and December, opportunities for delving into this delicious dish are plentiful, but should be saved for special events to avoid overindulgence.

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Published: Skies Magazine, November 2016
Featured Photo Credit: Eco Rides Cayman

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