Going on holiday, however, is a time notorious for the avowal that we don’t have to stick by the rules. Getaways are for indulging, right?

Well, if you want to be in with a chance of keeping to your resolutions until, say, at least February, here are some of the world’s healthiest spots to holiday – where the locals’ lifestyle might inspire you to stay on the wagon.

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1 San Jose, California

San Jose comes out on top after being named the healthiest metropolitan area in the US. It’s hardly surprising that our number one spot should go to a city in California – the sunshine state’s obsession with health is well documented, especially along the coast where beach bunnies work out maniacally and eat egg-white omelettes to look good on the sand.

San Jose’s residents have access to masses of outdoor trails, used for cardiovascular pursuits including walking, running, and mountain climbing. A whopping 53 miles of trails run throughout the city – making it the nation’s largest urban trail network – taking determined health nuts past rivers and creeks and through valleys, linking the city to surrounding open space and foothills.

The city is also home to a plethora of gardens and parks, including one of the largest municipal parks in the US, the 718-acre Alum Rock Park. This by itself offers 13 miles of trails for mountainbikers, hikers and horse-riders; there are also volleyball courts and areas for camping.

And with more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine and an average daily temperature of 23˚C, combined with all that exercise, it’s no wonder San Jose’s residents tend to be in an endorphin-rich state of mind. San Joseans rank highest for health, diet and lifestyle in the US.

The bastards.

See: sanjose.org

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2 Portland, Oregon

One of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, Portland’s preservation of open spaces extends to the largest wilderness park within city limits in the US – the 5000-acre Forest Park. 

Portlanders are an outdoorsy lot, thanks to the city’s 146 miles of forested hiking trails, 227 (yes, 227) parks, and 277 miles of bike paths.

Being unhealthy in this city requires some effort.

See: travelportland.com

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3 Reykjavik, Iceland

The outdoor heated swimming pools that are open year-round play their part in Reykjavik residents’ healthy lifestyle.

That, and the fact that every Icelandic inhabitant is required to learn how to swim – the sport has been compulsory on the school curriculum for 60 years.

Iceland is also one of the least polluted countries in the world, and locals take advantage of their natural environment to do heaps of hiking and sailing too.

See: visitreykjavik.is

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4 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Perhaps smoking up doobies and catching tropical diseases from (officially sanctioned) red-bulb-bathed ladies doesn’t strike you as the most healthy of lifestyle choices, but there’s more to the ‘Dam than sex and drugs.

Being as flat as a Dutch pancake, AmDam is great for cycling – in fact, it’s one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world, with 250 miles of bike paths, and many streets closed to cars. There are about half a million bikes in the Dutch capital.

See: iamsterdam.com

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5 Zurich, Switzerland

Sport is an important part of Swiss society, and an abundance of sporting facilities in the capital allows its city slickers to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Ice hockey, football and biking are the most popular sports (FIFA’s headquarters are here), and there are biking routes and hiking trails right throughout the city.

Oddly enough, Zurich is also a centre for curling, with 30 clubs and seven indoor facilities dedicated to the broom-centric sport.

See: zuerich.com