How to Keep Fit on Holiday
Your long-awaited holiday has finally arrived and you are so excited to switch off, relax, recharge and enjoy yourself.
BUT the question is should you be exercising on holiday and focusing on healthy food choices????
Well in truth this is totally up to you, and there is no right or wrong answer, because this is your holiday!!
If you don’t want to think about exercise or healthy eating on your vacation then that is absolutely 100% fine and equally, you if you want to be active and make healthy decisions then this is also 100% fine.
The choice is yours!
If you are someone who wants to remain active and make healthier choices then read on as I have 10 tips that are going to be perfect for you, that will fit into your well-deserved holiday.
If you are on a beach holiday then make the most of the sand, by walking (as long as is safe) with your feet in the water and walk from one end of the beach then back again. By walking on the sand means you have to push off with your muscles harder as the ground is so soft, then the added bonus of having the sea around your ankles means you are working on resistance for your lower body.
If you have a pool then swimming is an excellent low impact cardio workout you can do, try this Interval Swimming Workout:
Swim 1 length at a moderate pace, then 1 length faster, simply keep repeating for a set amount of lengths.
Why not do this to match what the current temperature is, so for example if it is 27 degree’s then do 27 laps! (just makes it more fun)
Go sightseeing. This is a great way to get your step count up. I recently went to Venice with my niece Hatti to film some walking workouts and in the afternoon, visited a couple of museums, had a good walk around and before we knew it we have had walked over 10 thousand steps, so go and explore and get fit at the same time.
If you really want to keep focused on your exercise, then why not just use 4 moves that create a full body workout. You can do these in a small space and keep it short so you can easily squeeze into your day without taking up much time.
The Power Move Circuit
Move 1: Step Back Lunge – aim to do 40
Move 2: Straight Leg Kick aim to do 60
Move 3 Backwards and forwards punches for 100 reps
Move 3: Press Up boxed, ¾ or full and aim for 30
Make the most of the time you have to spend waiting at the airport and use this as a great opportunity to walk, so instead of sitting in the terminal just keep moving.
Cancel the alarm, make the most of being on holiday and aim to get a good 8 hours sleep. If you are going to be out late then have that lie in (after all you are in holiday) and the benefit of getting a full 8 hours is going to give you a boost of energy throughout the day.
Drink more (and no I don’t mean cocktails!) I mean drink more water, especially if you are on a summer holiday, it is essential to keep yourself fully hydrated so keep a goal of your 8 glasses a day.
Kick start your day with a breakfast packed full of goodness, as this is going to make you feel fabulous all day. So if you have breakfast Buffet then your best choices are always going to be things like fresh fruits, yoghurt, eggs, grains, avocado as these are packed full of good carbs, protein and fiber .
Depending where you are staying in the world the portion sizes will vary so take control yourself and if the plates at the buffet bar are double the normal size then simply use a side plate, after all you can always go back up for more.
Above all just have fun and allow this time to have some mindfulness, switch off from day to day stresses and enjoy yourself, give your brain and body a rest.
So wherever you are going on holiday have the best time and bon voyage.