Holidays are the holy grail of relaxation. They can never come soon enough, and when they do, they seem to be over in an instant. This often leads us to go wild on holiday, whether that be through food or a few too many cocktails under the palm tree. That’s not to say you shouldn’t; holidays are a means of escaping the grind of work. However, working hard and staying healthy don't have to end when you go on holiday. The best part? You can still have fun.
Staying healthy while on holiday doesn't have to be complicated, nor does it have to drain the fun out of everything. Simple to follow, practical tips are the easiest way to stay on top of that health kick, without fear of a major blowout landing you back to square one. Not exclusive to two weeks in the sun either, this advice can be adopted whether it's a week-long getaway or just one night.
If visiting a city, instead of taking the metro, plan a route that you can walk. The benefits are twofold; a chance to explore more of the city, as well as a way to keep up with your step count throughout the day. If you're on an extended break in the sun, things just got even easier.
Many hotels will have gyms with free access for guests—an added benefit when you think of how costly memberships can be. Workouts don't have to be long—20 minutes will do. Try fitting the exercise in first thing in the morning. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy, leaving you proud, motivated, and energised. If there's a pool, you'll undoubtedly be taking a dip; each time you do, add in a few lengths. Simple!
The allure of an all-inclusive holiday is a difficult one to ignore. Surely the whole point of a holiday is to have someone else cook, clean and provide you with drinks—right? Yes and no. While those perks are great, they can also be detrimental to the waistline. By choosing self-catering, or half board, you give yourself more control over what to eat. Preparing your meals—even if it's only a few times a week—can help counteract those indulgent takeaways. If you are on a family holiday, use mealtime as an opportunity for everyone to get together.
Every day on holiday is like the Friday before a weekend off work. It usually involves a few drinks, without the fear of getting up early the next morning. Those few drinks can turn into a lot of drinks, and before you know it, the calories are mounting up. Cutting out the last drink of the night or even switching your choice of drinks can help. Although, by choosing the former, you may thank us in the morning. Try a shandy instead of a regular beer or a spritzer instead of wine. Some calorie counts can be halved just by tweaking your drinking habit.
You’ve seen the dessert menu at your hotel, and boy does it leave your mouth watering. This next tip isn't to tell you desserts are entirely off the menu—in fact, quite the opposite. The key lies in a small amount of pacing. Rather than saying no to sweets or treats, pick one to have each night of the holiday. An impactful action, especially if the food is buffet style. Not only will you get to work out which ones you like, but you can look forward to that daily treat.
Sometimes, the simplest things are the hardest. Drinking enough water at home or work can be difficult for many reasons, so staying hydrated on holiday should be a cinch right? Often, during all the activities and open bars, the water can get left behind. Given that many of us go away to top-off our tans, the combination of extended time in the sun and increased alcohol intake can leave us very dehydrated.
Always take a bottle with you to the beach. Even if you doze off in the afternoon sun, water will be nearby. If you are planning to set up shop at the poolside bar, try to match every cocktail with a small glass of water.