Headed away this Summer? We look at the tried and tested ways to keeping fit as you indulge on your next holiday.
Holidays are a time for relaxation. A time to take out your book and lay for hours. A time to eat and drink whatever you so choose and indulge in dessert. This is all well and good and everyone deserves some indulgence and recuperation. In saying that, going back on weeks of hard work dieting, exercising and pushing yourself to reach your health goals can be overwhelmingly disappointing. Keeping fit on vacation is not easy, but it is achievable and can also be fun. Here are ten ways to keep your body active and in shape without losing touch of your time away.
1 Limit your carbohydrate intake until the evening:
Carbs are a big part of many holiday destinations (think Europe). It is not something that you will want to cut out completely as you will feel as if you have missed an essential part of the culture that you set out to explore. Given that your training schedule will probably only equate to a fraction of how much you normally train, consuming less carbs will ensure that you are not carb-loading without the intention of working it off.
2 Explore areas on foot or on a bike:
Most days of vacation having you catching buses, taxis or local transport to certain destinations or tourist hotspots. Using your own body to get there not only will help you stay tight and trim, but it will also benefit your pocket, saving you cab-fares a-plenty. You will also see a lot more. You will be able to stop, look and spend time at specific points on your own accord. It really is the best way to get the “feel” of a city or town.
3 Think outside the box:
Before you head off on your vacation, make yourself an exercise routine that you can do almost anywhere. Mix and match specific exercises that work for you. You could incorporate squats, lunges, yoga poses, running, core workouts, skipping, and swimming into your day. The list really is endless. Save articles from magazines that outline, with pictures, a workout routine. Or print the same sort of thing off the internet.
4Use the gym or pool at your hotel:
When booking accommodation, have a look at the hotel’s facilities. A lot of affordable hotels and resorts now have gyms and pools, both of which will keep you as fit as a fiddle. Doing laps in a pool is such a great way to stay in shape, especially if you are in a very hot destination. Laps in the ocean or pool have far reaching health and fitness benefits. Swimming keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body, builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs and tones muscles and builds strength.
A skipping rope is a great thing to pack into your suitcase. It is a lightweight, simple and effective way to keep your fitness levels up. Skipping it perfect for agility and cardio conditioning. The positive elements and benefits of skipping include; You can do it anywhere, anytime, it’s less time consuming than running, it’s less jolting on your joints than running, you set your own pace so it’s a good workout for people at all fitness levels and it helps improve heart rate and blood pressure.
6 Book a wellness trip:
Instead of booking a lavish holiday that will involve a lot of laying around, eating food and drinking cocktails, why not consider booking a holiday that will be a guided benefit to your health. There are many options out there, from surf camps, treks, yoga retreats and cleansing retreats. There are so many options covering all areas of life, from physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental. Look beyond typical vacation ideas and continue to respect your body and health.
7 Incorporate destination specific workouts:
AirBnb Experiences now has the option of meeting locals who are keen to share with travelers their workout activities or unique workout destinations and activities. Not only is this great for your figure, but it is also perfect for meeting locals and delving deep into culture. You will also end up seeing so much more from a local’s eye and point of view. A total win-win.
8 Be realistic and go easy on yourself:
In reality, you will probably only be able to complete about 50% of your normal workout routine. Do not let this get you down, you are on holidays! Whatever you get done, be proud of yourself and pat yourself on the back for even getting that done. We all work so hard in our everyday lives and absolutely everyone deserves time off from their daily routine. Just do your best.
9 Grocery shop:
When you are on vacation, it is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of going out for dinner for every meal. The trouble with this is that you never know what is exactly in any of the food that you are consuming, for example, dishes could be high in saturated fats or sugar. Buying groceries every now and then is an easy way to ensure that you are getting all of your daily nutrients, or close to. Most accommodations have cooking facilities or a communal kitchen of some sort. Its also fun to experiment cooking with local produce.
10 Stay hydrated and do not skip meals:
It is so easy to become dehydrated when you are on vacation. When you are out of your comfort zone there are many simple, daily things that slip your mind and drinking water seems to be one of them. Staying hydrated is paramount for overall health. Dehydration is also commonly misjudged as hunger, leading you to eat more. Keeping fluids up is also great for energy and helps to combat jet-lag. Skipping meals is another thing that is easily done on holidays as it is so easy to lose track of time. Keep meal times in mind, so you do not end up skipping one meal to overindulge in the next.