Tips to stay active and healthy while on holidays!
Travelling can often result in your waistline expanding …
Despite how much you may (or may not) walk during your holiday, visiting all the must see sites that attracted you to your destination, you will no doubt eat more than you normally would … the buffet breakfasts, sit down lunch with a well deserved cold beverage (typically beer!) and a two or three course dinner where you simply have to try the local cuisine!
If you’re going away for a weekend here and there, eating a few heavy meals isn’t the end of the world. I generally find my weight only increases between 0.5kg – 1.5kg which is relatively unnoticeable and very easy to lose when you are back in routine. But, when you’re either a frequent traveller or travelling for extended periods you’re guaranteed to start noticing those trousers tighten around the waistline!
Here are some tips to help you stay in routine and prevent yourself from putting on those extra kgs!
- When looking for a hotel, try to pick one with a fitness centre. I met someone who refused to stay in hotels without a Sauna, which then I thought was ludicrous, but lately (except for Italy where it is almost impossible), I couldn’t agree more! My day always starts off better when I get the chance to jump on the treadmill or do some weights!
- If you enjoy exercising at home, there is no reason this should stop when you’re on holidays. Even if you get up that half hour earlier in the morning, do a few push ups, squats or lunges and not your full routine.
- Walk instead of taking public transport. More often than not, where you want to go is not far from where you are! Instead of taking the bus, tube or train a couple of stops, check to see how far it is to walk and it may only be 15 – 20 minutes and in that case, you should opt to walk instead – not only will it save you money on transport tickets, but you will burn off those extra calories and see more of your destination!
- Meal choices. This is the challenge…I have a never-ending struggle when faced selecting a meal from a menu! I have to, at least once, experience the local delicacies, especially if I received a recommendation from a local. I have (in my opinion) experienced a variety of unusual meals and whether I actually enjoyed them, they have on many occasions been calorific. When visiting a seaside town with many seafood options, spreading my calories over the days doesn’t cross my mind as many seafood options are quite healthy. However, when I travel through countries, such as Italy (which also happens to be my favourite country), there is a constant struggle with my love of bruschetta, pasta, pizza and gelato and this is something I often need to be reminded of.
I am sitting in an apartment overlooking Lago Di Camo (Lake Como) and specifically selected a vegetarian panini and water at lunch (admittedly drinking a less healthy beer whilst writing this post) as I knew we reserved a table where I am absolutely going to enjoy a three course dinner with matching wine.
That’s great, but what do you suggest?!
You could start with a big hearty breakfast at the hotel:
Followed by a lighter option at lunch, perhaps a salad or grilled meat dish:
At dinner you can either continue your healthy trend or splash out for that pasta you know you deserve! This will help you keep a well-balanced diet while you’re on the move!
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