5 WAYS TO STAY ON TRACK WHILST ON HOLIDAY
You’ve got your boarding passes, bags are packed, the excitement starts to kick in but there’s one thing on your mind… you don’t want to ruin all the hard work of getting into shape over the last few months!
Whether you’re living it up the sun or hitting some big ski slopes, there are always ways to make healthier choices while on holidays, but, how do you find the perfect balance of staying in shape and still having fun?
By eating well and keeping active, you will have loads of energy and you’ll feel fantastic, even when your holiday comes to an end!
DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you’re going all inclusive it’s very important to book a hotel that supplies good quality food. Find out what sort of cuisine is on offer and whether you have access to local supermarkets, cafes or restaurants. Taking the time to get familiar with your options in advance will help you to make the best choices you can when you arrive. There’s nothing worse than turning up to a hotel and finding that all they serve is pizza and chips! Search trip advisor for reviews on food and drinks in your hotel and local area.
TRAIN WHEN YOU CAN
You will find that you won’t train as much as you do whilst your at home which you shouldn’t feel guilty about. You are on holiday after all, however, getting in some sort of exercise when you can is essential for keeping motivated, making smarter choices with food and maintaining your hard earned body. When booking your hotel try to find one that has a gym or one nearby. You may find that you need to make adjustments to your regular training regime as trying to follow your normal gym plan is more than likely not going to happen due to lack of equipment, weather and time. Keep your workouts simple, for example, if your goal is for fat loss stick to simple HIIT workouts that can be done from your hotel room, or outside. If your goal is for muscle gain focus on big compound movements that maximise the use of the equipment and shorten the time your spending in the gym. Make sure you eat a minimum of 3 good quality meals a day to get the most out of your workouts.
If your hotel is located on a huge resort walk anywhere and everywhere to fit in as much incidental exercise as possible. Plan excursion trips that require lots of walking. You can even take long walks across the beach whilst taking in some beautiful views.
ALCOHOL IN MODERATION
You’re on holiday, you’re there to have fun and chill out and everyone is entitled to that 1 crazy night. However by using this simple strategy of 1 drink, 1 water, 1 drink, 1 water etc you can have drinks, have fun and limit the amount of damage to your body. Try to avoid alcohol that’s high in sugar and carbs such as beer, wine and sugary cocktails. The ideal drink of choice would be white spirits such as vodka and gin.
TAKE SUPPLEMENTS AND SNACKS WITH YOU
Sometimes it can be hard to find simple snacks that we are used to at home. That’s where supplements and taking your own snacks can be a great help! Protein powder is a great supplement to take away with you. You can ask the hotel staff to whip you up a protein shake and even add it to your oats at the breakfast buffet. Purchase some travel size tubs so they fit perfectly into your suitcase and you’re good to go. You can also pack snacks such as nuts, nut butter, protein bars and rice cakes that will stop you from snacking on the hot dogs!
LIVE BY THE 80/20 RULE
Try to go with the 80/20 rule, and eat a well-balanced diet with healthy foods 80% of the time, while having treat foods 20% of the time. Keep a water bottle with you on the go to keep hydrated throughout the day.
If you’re looking at staying in shape while travelling, we hope this blog has helped.
We would love to hear what strategies you use to stay in shape on your travels! Leave us a comment below.