Lots of people spend months before a summer holiday preparing their bodies for days wearing next to nothing on the beach. A lot of pressure is felt, especially when skinny, toned celebrities pop up in magazines and newspapers every day. In fact, celebrities who once carried a little extra weight seem to be able to lose it so easily before they go away – so why can’t we? If you’ve taken the time to eat right and stick to an exercise routine before a holiday, well done you! Now you can relax and perhaps treat yourself while you’re away. However, it’s important that you don’t let yourself down completely while you’re away. This can be difficult, especially if you’re going somewhere with great food or nightlife, however; it can be done!
Do a Little Exercise
You shouldn’t let all of your hard work go completely to waste once you’ve stepped off the plane and sorted out your holiday transfers. You could do a little exercise every day or a few times in the week to help keep you feeling energised. This could be anything, from a short 15 minute run on the beach, to a few body weight exercises immediately after you get up. Try some squats, pushups, planks, lunges, and star jumps to get you ready for the day ahead. You could even devise a few routines yourself before you go if you’re particularly into fitness. Many resorts and hotels will have a gym onsite too, or not too far from where you’re staying – if you can bear to stay out of the sunshine for a short while, head on over and get a good workout in!
Limit Your Treat Meals and Foods
It can be tempting to let your balanced diet go out of the window on holiday. Try to limit the ice cream, chocolate, milkshakes, and other sugary, fattening treats you allow yourself on holiday. Of course you can have a few treats, but every day these foods really add up. If you plan on having a nice hearty meal in the evening, perhaps stick to a tuna or chicken salad for lunch to make sure you get some healthy proteins and vegetables in. If you must drink alcohol, try not to overdo it and don’t mix your drinks. Vodka, soda, and lime is a failsafe option.
Drink Lots of Water
Water will help to flush out toxins, and can undo a lot of damage caused by bad food and alcohol (but don’t think it’ll erase any bad choices you’ve made). You should drink 2 litres or more of water per day, especially if you’re exercising and spending a lot of time in the sun. Dehydration can make you very poorly on holiday, so be sensible and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
See, you don’t have to let your health/fitness go totally out of the window while you’re abroad! You can still allow yourself a few treats, alcohol, and nice meals, just make sure you don’t overindulge and remember to drink lots of water. Exercise isn’t compulsory, but it’ll be a lot easier to continue when you come back home!