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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

It’s holiday season… hooray! But for some, the thought of a holiday, especially when you first start to make healthy changes to your lifestyle, can be daunting. How will I eat healthy food? When will I fit in exercise? Will I get fat if I stop for a week?

Fear not, I have rounded up my Top Tips for staying healthy on holiday, just for you lucky lot.

Don’t go all inclusive

Whilst all inclusive deals can be great on the purse strings, they can wreak havoc on your waistline. A buffet of pre-prepared delights await alongside all the sugary drinks and free ice creams you can carry to the pool. Often people will eat because it is there and not because they are hungry, ‘I have paid for it so I might as well eat it!’ sound familiar?

By avoiding all inclusive you can be in charge of making healthy meal choices and won’t be tempted by the all you can eat deserts. It is also a great way to get out and explore your surroundings, sampling authentic grub. Bon appétit!

Drink plenty of water

Hydration is key every day, but especially so when you are enjoying some sunshine poolside or exploring the local sights and sounds. It is recommended to up your water intake by at least one litre in hot climates to keep your body functioning at optimum levels and avoid dehydration.

Use your surroundings

When it comes to exercise when away don’t be worried that your usual routine isn’t possible with your hotel or villa facilities. Take it as an opportunity to explore different workouts. Try taking a run along the beach in the morning or swimming laps in the pool to get your heart pumping and mix up your routines. You never know, you might find a new activity that you love!

Plan ahead

If you are planning day trips and are concerned about the foods that will be on offer then plan ahead. Pop to a local supermarket or food market and grab some fresh produce and healthy snacks for your trip. Remember to buy food that will stand up to the heat and not perish, that way if the menu doesn’t fit your needs, you won’t go hungry or off course.

And, relax…

A holiday is your time to relax, so do just that and enjoy some me time. Your body needs time to rest and repair and will thank you for a week of switching off. Nobody got fit in a week and equally no one became overweight in a week. Enjoy yourself, make good choices and allow yourself time to just be.

What holiday plans do you have this summer? Will you be working out or chilling by the pool? Let me know in the comments below.