How to keep trim on holiday
So for many of us the time is almost here to hop onto that plane to explore warmer, sunnier climates, wonder the streets of various places and best of all taste the fine cuisine the world has to offer. Lets face it, holidays are to be enjoyed and there’s no way you’re going to want to miss out on all the fun activities, chilling out on that sun lounger and indulge on fine wines and food.
Its time to let loose, but lets not get carried away here. You’ve worked hard to create a lifestyle which is well balanced, and you can bring some elements of this lifestyle on holiday with you. So here’s my top tips on staying trim on holiday.
The tactical buffet
If you’re partial to an all-inclusive holiday you may be looking to get your moneys worth. Although you could look at this in a different light, such being ‘health is wealth.’ Are you even still hungry after a 5 stack of pancakes with maple syrup and then going for the cooked breakfast?
It may be worth looking at the buffet cart more tactically. Instead of gorging on everything all at once, why don’t you eat something different each day from the buffet. That way you get to try everything but you won’t feel so much of a balloon when you’re led out on that sun lounger. Also try to balance your meal with healthy sources of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit, omelette etc. are all good choices but if you want to have some pancakes go for it. At the end of the day you’re on holiday, you’ve deserved it, but remember to not go overboard.
Cocktail o’clock time
It’s that time of day, the cocktail menu is out in force and you’re chilling out deciding on which one to choose. With some tasting like a fruit juice it can be easy to have a few without even realising how much sugar you’re consuming. Piña colada is a firm cocktail favourite, although on average it contains 35 grams of sugar, that’s almost 9 tsp of sugar! Imagine having more than 1 of those. Yikes! So if you are going to have a cocktail then maybe stick to just 1. You could even ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar or choose a less sweet cocktail such as a Manhattan.
Water is key
Make sure you keep topping yourself up with a drink of water. Hunger can be mistaken for thirst and with the temperatures rising it’s easy to become dehydrated. On average we should be consuming 2-4 litres of water a day but this may increase if we are within a hotter climate. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take a sip little and often. Also enjoy the local, in-season fruit which will also help.
Early bird catches the worm
Ok so picture this, you’re led out on the sun lounger, cocktail in hand, it’s 5pm, do you really fancy that gym session now? Chances are, no. My advice is to get it over and done with first thing in the morning. Sometimes the hotel gym can be a bit depressing, so you could explore your surroundings by going on a scenic run or a quick 20 minute HIIT session to get the day off to a good start. As mentioned in a previous blog post, I like to put on a Joe Wicks youtube HIIT session. A short session is all that is needed on holiday, it will make you feel more energized and set up for the day.