I'm sure we've all done the whole being 'really good' (aka crash dieting) before a holiday, only to return feeling sluggish, snug in those jeans and nowhere near as healthy as before we went away. BUT it doesn't have to be like this. Wouldn't it better to feel great before, during and after your time away?
It's possible. Two words: Damage control. Read on to find out more...
1. Pack Your Kit and Use It
If you're planning on staying fit whilst on holiday, you're going to have to take some kit. Pack the basics- trainers, comfy workout clothes and that's about it. Obviously a holiday in Scotland in the winter will be slightly different to holidaying in Spain in the summer, so think about the weather you'll be going in to!
For tips on summer workouts, click here. For tips on winter/rainy workouts, click here.
Some places will have a gym for hotel-users which is super ideal, but if this is not the case then hotel-room/ beach workouts or running/walking/swimming are all possibilities. I'd suggest you do your workouts in the morning, get it over and done with so you can relax or explore for the rest of the day. If you have no clue what you're doing and want a plan, see the HYH Programs and how I can help you out.
Usually I take no extra kit with me, but I do have some suspension straps and resistance bands which would be ideal as they're lightweight and work pretty much anywhere.
2. Balance Your Food
I'm a huge fan of daily food planning, so I also try to keep this habit up on holiday in some sense. This means I roughly keep my routine), I get to eat what I want by planning it in and each day still has some underlying healthy eating happening!
You may not know exactly what you're going to be eating, but you can often hedge a guess or know parts of the plan. It's all about balance, so if you know you'll be hitting the cocktails hard, perhaps cut down elsewhere. If you're all inclusive and those less-healthy foods are calling your name, perhaps try sticking to the healthier options until the last day of your trip. You'll feel better for it during the week if you don't go all out on the first day.
Finally- portion control. On a very basic level, you can eat anything you like and not gain a pound so long as you've balanced your intake. However, most people, aren't that spot on when it comes to portioning out those sweet treats/alcohol/whatever.
How To Avoid Portion Distortion
Oh alcohol... If you know you're going to be drinking whilst away then do try to follow parts 1 and 2 of this article. Have a think about what you're drinking too. For example:
1 vodka diet coke= about 55cal
1 sex on the beach= about 200cal
1 pint cider= about 210cal
It all adds up. Stay hydrated, try not to cane it every day, keep your intake as balanced as possible.
4. Stay Active
Being on holiday is a great chance to try something new- from surfing to kangoo jumping, snorkelling to yoga, there's tons of opportunities and you might find a new skill to follow up when you're home.
Sightseeing, walking around the local area, taking regular dips in the pool, walks along the beach- every little helps.
After all that activity you can enjoy your relaxing even more.
5. Have Something To Come Home To
This is mega important as so many people fall right off the wagon when they arrive home because of the break in routine. If you know you're prone to this, do something about it before it happens.
Plan a workout with a friend, book in for some classes or have an event to train for. Challenge events or races are hell of a useful for motivation, so to read more on why you should enter a challenge, click here.
Knowing you have something more to work towards than just the holiday will play a huge help in getting straight back on track and keeping motivation high once you're home.
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