Holiday season is upon us! Yay! …a chance to don the bikini or budgie smugglers and strut your stuff on the beach (or not!)
Many people desparately train and diet in the weeks/ months leading up to their summer holiday so that they have the confidence to expose a little more flesh in the summer sun. However more often than not the wheels well and truely come off once they get to the airport and by the end of their holiday all the hard work is seemingly lost.
This doesn’t have to be the case. Yes, holiday season is a chance to relax, unwind, top up the tan (or freckles in my case!) but why should it have a detrimental affect on your health; surely this stress-free environment should have the opposite affect. The fact is we all tend to over indulge whether it be alcohol or naughty food, me included and I’m not trying to deny you of this pleasure I’m just trying to minimise the damage…
Set yourself a little plan:
- Moderate exercise everyday- a long walk, a game of tennis (up to an hour)
- Intense exercise every other day- 30 lengths in the pool, a short run, a hotel room workout (no more than 20mins)
- Eat two relatively clean meals a day and one ‘treat’ meal. Decide at the start of the day which meal you’re choosing; a dirty big breakfast, a fatty lunch or a pig-out evening meal. No-one needs to eat fries more than once in a day, even if the all-inclusive allows it.
- Aim to exercise before lunch, it’ll be cooler and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing safe in the knowledge you’ve kept your heart, lungs and metabolism ticking over.
- Exercise as a couple. You can motivate & encourage one another. Staying healthy is beneficial to you and your family.
- Keep active, play boule, bat & ball, frisbee, beach cricket etc. Sometimes you forget that you’re exercising when you’re having fun.
Healthy holidaying is more about damage limitation than deprivation of the luxuries you’ve worked hard all year for.
My top tips to avoid the needless holiday hangover;
- Have a omlette for breakfast. Eggs are high in protein, low in fat and keep hunger at bay for alot longer than high sugar cereals so you’ll be less likely to snack on crisps by the pool.
- Choose one meal selection each night from the all inclusive buffet. Don’t worry the others will still be there tomorrow, and the next day… Have a meat, rice and veg dish one night; a fish, potatoes and salad dish another night for example. Don’t pile a bit of everything on your plate every night- a guaranteed way to overload on calories.
- Load up on fresh yogurt and fruit. Not only will it supress hunger it will also keep you hydrated.
- Always carry a bottle of water with you when you’re out and about to prevent spending needless cash on fizzy drinks.
- Take a packed lunch to the beach. Very few beach-side restaurants offer much in the way of healthy options.
- Get plenty of sleep. This is your chance to recover and sleep is the best time to do that. Lie-in, catch some zeds, its hard to be stressed when your in bed especially if you have a special someone to share it with… wink! wink!
Happy holidays! Oh, and don’t forget your suncream!