10 destinations for a healthy start to 2017
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If you've somewhat overindulged in Yorkshire puddings and Quality Street this Christmas, never fear, these 10 get-fit destinations may be for you.

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  • Lake District, England
    Lake District, England

    England's Lake District is home to rolling countryside, craggy fells, sixteen beautiful bodies of water and only one actual lake (although the name of the region would lead you to believe otherwise). Perhaps scaling Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, is best left to the professionals but following in the footsteps of the great Romantic writers and poets such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, who took inspiration from this wonderful place in the 19th century, is one of the most picturesque ways to get outside and get active.

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  • Machu Picchu, Peru
    Machu Picchu, Peru

    At the top of many a travel bucket list, hiking the multiple-day Inca Trail to reach one of the best panoramic views in the world is all the incentive you need to get moving. Laid down by the Incas themselves, the ascent to the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu Mountain will offer sights of ancient settlements and Incan ruins along the way. But for many, the first sense of achievement (and dread) comes when crossing Warmiwańusca, or Dead Woman's Pass, renowned for its terrifying 4,215m altitude.

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  • Norway
    Norway

    Norway is replete with landscapes that beg to be (and can only be) explored on foot, from the imposing Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) which soars over 600m above the Lysefjord and the treacherous Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue), a ledge that juts out 700m above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. If these natural marvels weren't enough to stir the adventurous spirit inside of you to take on the three-hour trek to reach them, then the Lofoten Islands - inspiration for Disney's hit film Frozen - certainly will.

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  • Hokkaido, Japan
    Hokkaido, Japan

    Hokkaido is fast becoming known as Japan's skiing mecca. During the winter months, cold fronts from Siberia bring swathes of light, powdery snow, giving plenty of scope for beginners to hit up the slopes of Tomamu (the only resort open all year round) and extreme skiers to attempt to tackle Mt. Yotei - the 'Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido'. What's more, the seafood scene in Hokkaido will keep you well supplied with healthy alternatives; from all-you-can-eat crab restaurants to conveyor belt sushi, there is an abundance of different flavours to taste.

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  • Patagonia, Chile and Argentina
    Patagonia, Chile and Argentina

    The 'End of the World' is a melting pot of landscapes, wildlife and scenery. A hike along one of the Torres del Paine National Park's many trails will leave even the most unwilling of walkers wondering where those past three hours have gone. Patagonia is also a favourite among adrenaline junkies, who come to kayak around imposing glaciers, raft down fast flowing rivers and mountain bike over rocky crags.

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