The summer months can be tricky when you are trying to stick to an exercise regime. The draw of ice-cream, pasta, lazing all day on a sun-bed with a cocktail in hand can leave you feeling like you have unwound all the good you have done at home. But this isn’t how your health and fitness works.
If you have got into a rhythm with your workouts and healthy eating at home that is serving you well, how can you best support this through your holiday, so on the one hand you don’t feel deprived (holidays are to be enjoyed!) and on the other hand you are continuing with some healthy habits that make you feel good?
Here are some tips that can help you maintain your healthy habits through your holiday, at the same time as enjoying your well-deserved break.
- You don’t need to workout like you do at home. Instead, focus on moving any way you can – walking, climbing, swimming, stretching by the pool. No pressure. Just be active. You will feel better when you move.
- Don’t track your food or calories. To be fair I don’t do this at home either! Make sure you are enjoying your meals while you are away – trying some local dishes and sampling the different ice-cream options.
- Understand that it’s what you do most of the time that matters. It’s not what you’re doing on 2-3 trips a year that matters. If you travel more frequently maybe this would change but you don’t need to make any special efforts for a few trips away each year.
- Understand that you may look and feel different when you get home. Water retention (weight gain) from alcohol, different food choices, travelling and disrupted digestion and sleep will inevitably change the way you look and feel. And that’s ok!
- Don’t stress about your supplements. If I’m only away for a week I don’t bother taking my supplements with me. It’s not the end of the world!
- Drink LOADS of water. If you are drinking more alcohol on holiday than you do at home be aware that it may disrupt your sleep and make you look puffy and bloated. If you do drink on holiday you can abstain for a while when you get home. But make sure you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat.
- Eat substantial meals. Eat substantial meals that contain protein where you can and try not to snack too much to give your digestive system a break.
These steps should help you to feel less bloated and lethargic when you return home but they shouldn’t stop you from enjoying yourself.
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