Holidays are a time to explore, unwind, and generally let loose a little but it can be a struggle to find a balance between enjoying your holiday and staying in shape; a struggle that I am here to help solve.
You can remain fit and healthy without missing out on a single day of fun on your vacation. It’s all about being clever with timing, sorting your priorities, being adaptive and accepting that sometimes you’re going to have to compromise.
Here are 6 ways to stay fit and healthy, no matter where you are in the world:
Knowing you have a fitness plan will serve as motivation to prioritise your health. Plus, it’ll provide structure so you don’t have to even think about how or when you’re going to fit in a workout, just look to your plan, grab your water and go get sweaty.
Thankfully you don’t need to pack any heavy, fancy equipment; your own body weight will provide enough resistance for strength training. However, if you want to pack some equipment opt for resistance bands or skipping ropes that weight next to nothing.
And don’t forget your swimwear and goggles; swimming is a brilliant low impact, full body workout. Moreover, it’s fun and social.
Get your workout down first thing in the morning so you don’t have an opportunity to make excuses. This way you’re free to go out for dinner/drinks/dancing later.
Keep your workouts short and sweaty. Just 20 minutes of HIIT is enough to promote fat burn and build lean muscle. You’ll still have 23 hours and 40 minutes to do whatever you want!
3.Work With What You’ve Got
Mix up your routine and use what’s around you; swim in the pool, surf on the sea, do HIIT on the beach, go hiking etc.
Sure if there’s a gym you could use it but why not try something new? It will challenge your body and mind and make the most of your vacation time.
Walk, climb, swim, dive, surf or dance the night away. Get out and adventure; you never know what you might discover.
I swear my legs always get more toned when my family and I go on holiday, purely down to the fact that my dad likes to hike everywhere.
“Dad there’s a shop just up the road” said I, knowing full well he would ignore my suggestion.
“Yes but according to the map there’s a better one a few* miles away” stated my dad with a smile only a map and the prospect of a hike could induce. *a few miles in father language is more like a hundred. “Who wants to come with me?”
*Exit my mum and sister*
“Sure i’ll go.” I reluctantly sigh.
I ended up hiking in the midday heat with a backpack full of groceries, including heavy pints of milk. Suffice to say I was dripping sweat.
I’m not going to say don’t drink alcohol or eat ‘bad’ food because that would be depressing, you’re on holiday for God’s sake. What I shall say is be aware of what and how much you’re eating.
Overindulgence can happen all too easily. One ice cream here, a sneaky dessert there, three glasses of wine later and then bloating, an upset stomach and a hangover the next day.
Listen to your body, if everybody is tucking into ice cream but you’re full or don’t really want it, just say ‘no thank you’ and respect your body. If you need that ice cream a.s.a.p then go ahead, that’s your indulgence for the day. And if you’re going to drink, make sure you are hydrated. I always ask for a jug of water at the table along with my wine or cocktail. Seriously, do not make my mistake of hiking in 30°c heat and then downing 4 rum punches. All I can say is WORST HANGOVER EVER.
Ultimately a holiday is a chance for you to relax, recuperate and make awesome memories. If you have a few too many margaritas, or skip a workout, it’s ok.
If it comes down to working out or going on an adventure with your family/friends/partner then don’t let fitness get in the way of you experiencing something amazing and creating incredible memories. Just do the best that you can.
Wherever you’re venturing to this summer, I wish you a fantastic time!
Safe travels x