After putting in long hours at work/university and squeezing in those extra squats and cardio sessions, it’s finally time to enjoy yourself and take a break! Whether this is relaxing in the sun on a beach, taking a city break or exploring mountainous areas, taking a ‘time out’ from normal routine is the best thing! But it can also be very difficult to stay fit and healthy whilst being away, i.e. the unlimited all inclusive buffets and cocktails (I know I took full advantage of this on holiday), and you can come home feeling less refreshed than you did before the holiday. The good news is, you can completely relax on holiday, and still feel healthy during and post-vacay! There are simple yet effective smart choices you can make that will keep you active and energised throughout your trip, making the most of your holiday.
MY TOP 10 TIPS
- Hydrate hydrate hydrate – Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day! If you are on holiday in a hot country you can easily risk becoming dehydrated as our bodies sweat much more than they do at home. Carry around a water bottle with you all day and this should ensure you stay hydrated. Key tip: When you are flying, the air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level 10-20%, far lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30-65%. So before jumping on the plane, buy a big bottle of water you can sip throughout the flight to avoid dehydration.
2. Save space for treats – Visiting Italy? It’d be a sin not to try the amazing pasta and pizzas. And that’s absolutely fine. On certain days you will be eating more foods than usual, so for that day, try and keep your other meals/snacks on the healthier side.
3. Beware of buffets – This is what I struggled with most when I was on holiday. I didn’t restrict myself too much, as I was still enjoying second plates (most of the time). When there are so many different, and delicious choices of food, its hard not to want to pile everything on your plate.
So simply start by using a smaller plate. This will therefore encourage smaller portions to begin with. By all means, go back up, I did! But I didn’t eat to the stage where I felt horribly fully, as I would feel groggy for the rest of the evening. Also, there are always so many veggies available so take full advantage of this.
4. Pack snacks – If you are planning a day out, pack your own little healthy snacks to keep you going through your busy day. For one, it will keep more money in your pocket, but it will also starve off hunger. Ideas include: Nuts, fruit, trial mix, bars (granola etc), or even sandwiches.
5. Keep it consistent – Aim to eat roughly the same amount of food that you would at home. I know the foods won’t be as similar, but there are so many options on the menu that will pick your fancy. By keeping your diet fairly consistent throughout the day, it will help maintain your weight better than indulging 10 x more than you would at home.
6. Local foods – Take full advantage of the seasoned and local foods. If you are staying by the sea, there will more than likely be plenty of fresh fish you can enjoy (if you enjoy fish that is!). Oily fish- such as fresh tuna, salmon and mackerel, are extremely rich in Omega 3, which will hydrate/clear your skin and aid weight loss.
7. Explore…On foot or bike. Walking will become your new best friend on holiday! There may be loads of bus tours, and definitely go on one, but also explore your new surroundings on foot/bike – so you can burn some calories whilst taking in the views.
Every other morning on holiday, we went on an hour (ish) walk, to wake us up, explore the surroundings and burn some excess calories along the way.
8. Is there a gym? – This will not appeal to everyone, but if you do get fidgety when you haven’t been to the gym, and simply want to train on holiday to feel good, it’s always a good idea to check out the amenities first. Our holiday gym was absolutely horrendous… and nothing like the pictures, but we still made it work and got in some really high intensity workouts to FEEL GOOD, not focusing on burning calories. If your hotel doesn’t offer a gym and you still want to go, you can always look for local gyms!
9. Exercise anywhere – Get your water bottle and trainers, find a bit of space and that will be a perfect workout location. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) are perfect little workouts for holiday.
10. Avoid work (if you can) – Remember, you are on vacation! Try and resist the urge to check your work emails, and focus on some ‘you’ time and have fun! This will keep your mind clear, de-stress from all your hardwork and allow you to fully unwind.
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!