How to Stay Healthy in the Holidays
You’ve worked hard all year getting “bikini ready” by making healthy lifestyle choices and sticking to a pretty rigid health and fitness regime. There’s no need to panic. You can still be healthy whilst on holiday and still enjoy every moment – just follow these simple tips.
Schedule your workouts
Grab this opportunity to switch up your usual routine up. Depending on where you’re staying you can try out different activities to suit the terrain, location and resort. Try taking a jog along the beach, or sign up to a class that you’ve never tried before at your resort. You never know you may really enjoy a little change in your routine.
Splurge, only when it’s worth it
Telling yourself that you’re going to stick to salads all week is unrealistic and you’re setting yourself up to fail, you’re much better off choosing your treats wisely.
Don’t feel like you need to eat out all the time just because you’re on holiday, but if you do and you’re staying by the sea, eat lots of fresh oily fish, such as sardines, fresh tuna, salmon and mackerel, which is rich in Omega 3.
Order a side of greens with your main course to make sure you’re getting your veg in, and take the opportunity to eat fruit whenever possible, such as for breakfast.
If you’re going out for the day, don’t get caught out – pack a healthy picnic, full of vegetables and hummus, wraps, low fat yogurts and fruit.
Catch up on sleep
It’s so easy to forget about sleep whilst you’re on holiday, with travel, day trips and parties, adding time difference to the mix – it’s no wonder why you can come home feeling more tired than before you left!
Sleep is key to weight loss. Sleep deprived individuals have a decreased ability to manage blood sugar levels, which can make you feel hungry, so take your holiday as a perfect excuse to catch up on some much needed rest.
Make the most of the sunshine
Your body produces Vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight, which means your beach holiday is a perfect Vitamin D fix (just don’t forget the suncream!).
Vitamin D helps our bones to stay healthy and boosts our immune system by helping the absorption of calcium and phosphates.
Drink lots of water
Holiday cocktails, laying on the beach and dancing late into the night are bound to result in dehydration if you’re forgetting to drink enough water (it’s simply far too easy to do!).
Not only does dehydration make you tired and irritable, but also the brain can confuse the feeling of thirst with the feeling of hunger, and therefore leads to overeating and snacking. It’s essential that you drink lots of fluids, add some lemon to your water to give it a refreshing detoxing boost.