For most of us going on holiday is a time to forget about the gym, kick back, and go to town on the all inclusive food and drink!
But if you are one of those people who gets concerned about putting on a few kilos, or are stressed about reversing the hard work you put during the weeks and months leading up to your holiday, then there are some strategies you can put in place that will help.
Below are 5 guidelines that will enable you to enjoy your hard-earned break while not worrying about too much about your waistline.
1. Get Out & About
Take advantage of your new surroundings. Run, walk, or hike. Play tennis. If you’re on a beach the sand is a great way to hit different muscles. Play some beach games. Go for a swim. Be active, get out of your comfort zone and do something you normally wouldn’t. You’ll burn calories and it’ll keep you away from the bar at the same time.
2. Start The Day Well
Make your breakfast as healthy as possible. You’ll be more likely to keep it up the remainder of the day. Keep your protein high. Choose poached eggs, oatmeal, and fruit over a fried breakfast. You wouldn’t have a doughnut or cookie for breakfast every day at home so try to avoid it while you’re away.
You are on holiday so there’s no need to go mental but a couple of workouts a week will keep you ticking over nicely. If you don’t have access to a gym, workout in your room. The below routine, which can can be done in 25 minutes, can be very effective.
Complete 5 rounds with a 1-2 minutes rest in between each.
20 bodyweight squats
15 chair dips
30 mountain climbers (15 each leg)
I suggest working out first thing in the morning. You can then enjoy the rest of day knowing the hardest part is over and done with.
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4. Keep Topped Up
Not just with sunblock but also water. Hydration is key to keeping your body healthy and will help to counteract the effects of the extra alcohol. It can also act as great appetite suppressant and will keep your energy levels up. Your skin will thank you for it too.
5. Tuck In
One of the best things about holidays is the food and it would be a crime not to try out the local delicacies. Often these options are healthy ones so fill up on grilled meats, fresh fish, soups, vegetables, and fruit salads as much as possible. Share dessert.
Of course you may take this all in and head off with the best of intentions only to see it all go to pot on day one, but so what, it doesn’t really matter. It’s just a few weeks out of the whole year. You work hard and deserve a break.
In fact a short time away from the gym can be a good thing. You’ll return refreshed and motivated to pick up where you left off. Just ensure you get back on track as soon as you can.
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