So you’ve just booked a holiday with the girls to escape work, the kids or your other half, and we’re guessing the last thing you want to think about is exercising.
But getting away from your normal daily routine doesn’t have to equal eating what you like, drinking to excess and basically blobbing out. Think about how much better you’ll feel when you return if you actually (shock, horror) exercised on your holiday? It can be done, and trust us, it will make you feel great without too much extra effort on your part, we’ll show you how.
Activate the Activities
Unless you’ve booked a ticket to the moon there are always going to be activities you and your friends can do on holiday that require physical exertion. Check out what’s on offer at your destination of choice and give something new a go whether it be snorkelling, kayaking or salsa dancing. Lying by the pool and doing nothing is fine, but you have to earn it by doing a lap or two. Pool running is also a good workout but jump online to check out the right technique to get the best results.
Simply putting on your walking shoes and exploring your surroundings is a sure fire way to burn off all those second helpings of dessert and get those leg muscles working. Then there’s all the incidental exercise you can get while travelling that you’re not even aware of, like lugging a suitcase or backpack up a hill, running to catch a bus or a train or puffing your way up 200 or so stairs to see an incredible view from the top of a church (aren’t you glad you did all those squats at the gym now?)
Pack Your Workout Gear
Every time you open your suitcase you’ll see it there, staring at you – your workout gear. If you’re staying in a hotel with a gym, then a mere 20 minutes on the treadmill will make that delicious buffet dinner even more guilt-free. After your run, treat yourself with a session in the sauna, cool off with a dip in the hotel pool or go for a relaxing massage. Wasn’t that tiny 20 minute run so totally worth it?
If your holiday involves a certain sport then it’s a no-brainer, you’re going to get a workout whichever way you look at it. Skiing and cycling are two immediate options that spring to mind but there are so many others. What about a horse riding vineyard tour or a multi-day hike involving some incredible scenery? Any beach you land on will beckon sand running and ocean swimming, while targeting an island with a good nightlife can always involve dancing ‘til dawn (we’ll turn a blind eye to the cocktails).