With a month left of summer (yep, that’s a whole month, let’s not start on about Autumn just yet – Twitter, I DESPAIR) I’m sure many of you still have a few late trips planned. I always used to book holidays abroad in June or September because it meant others at work with kids could have free reign on the summer holiday chart in the office and the it also meant often they were cheaper and, best of all, less sticky screaming children around.
So after a summer of working out, getting that bikini body out because, well, we’re all more motivated in summer to get out there, the last thing you want to do is throw it all away on a holiday leaving you with a cold and dark winter to make up for it. I’m a huge fan of keeping it healthy on holiday with the odd treat thrown in (it is a holiday after all) but this is genuinely down to the fact that I love healthy food and I love how it makes me feel – don’t you want to feel your best on holiday?. So here are my top tips for keeping that positive feeling on holiday.
Plan some activities
Beach holiday in Greece planned? Great, pack those hiking shoes! Greek islands are often super mountainous with some great paths and you’ll often find some cute cafes and restaurants on the way. Does your hotel have a gym with classes? Why not book one to do as a couple or as a group before breakfast to start your day off right if you know you’re going to be at the beach all day! Speaking of beaches, if you’re a strong swimmer, grab some snorkling gear and get in the water, it’s a really fun activity and you burn calories without realising it. You don’t have to plan much, maybe just 2 key activities for the trip along with the other tips and you’ll be keeping yourself in tip-top shape.
Opt for walking
If you want to get site seeing put on your walking boots. Walking tours are a great way to see a city – these don’t need to be formal either, there are loads of suggestions online for routes and where to stop for an Aperol Spritz or afternoon coffee.
I love walking around and really getting more immersed into day to day living in a new country, yes my feet are killing by the end of the day but it makes that ice cream even more enjoyable and totally guilt free.
You are on holiday right? Therefore you probably want to treat yourself to food you might not eat often at home or indulge in local cuisine. I say go for it but try and save the indulgence for the evening – if you have a healthy breakfast and lunch and spend the day on your feet then absolutely tuck into that Paella. This kind of leads into a another tip which is to start the day well; you’re more likely to make better choices throughout the day as a result!
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DON’T GO MAD ON alcohol
I love an Aperol Spritz on holiday (actually, any time of year) and will happily drink them all night long but I try to be sensible in this area too. I definitely don’t want a hangover ruining my boat day and alcohol can mean dehydration which is very dangerous if you’re in a hot place.
Make sensible choices and you’ll thank yourself for it – limit the sugary cocktails that frankly have very little alcohol in anyway and try and avoid the need to polish of the wine bottle EVERY night.
I think a lot of it is how we’re conditioned to think about food. That on holiday we can ‘relax’ and go for what we really ‘want’ but this is, in my opinion, the wrong way around. In order for me to relax I need to feel that I am nourishing myself in the right way and am not worrying about my diet.
I mean I definitely wouldn’t count any macros but at the same time I don’t want to relax my lifestyle too much that I end up feeling down about it afterwards. That’s why I take on board the above tips and try and stay as active as possible on holiday, making the most of mornings to workout or getting on my feet for the day.
I should note here that I am an IBS sufferer so drastic changes in my diet and high fat foods will upset my stomach and I just don’t want to do that to myself when I’m looking to have a good time.
Do you like to stay healthy on holiday or go all out?
Thanks so much for reading!