Whether you're jetting away, or treating yourself to a staycation, our guest blogger, Bridie Darcy, has given us her top tips on staying fit and healthy whilst you take some time away!
During the previous months, you’ve worked hard with your exercise and nutrition to look and feel good for your summer holiday. When my clients begin their health and fitness journey with Darcy Fitness, I will say you are now working towards being the best version of you and it’s a lifestyle change and not a diet!
When we reach our goal and feel the benefits, not only the change in body composition but the improvement in fitness, and our well-being both mentally and physically, we want that feeling to continue and your fitness to keep improving after months of training.
Going on holiday may make you feel a little scared of how you are going to keep your fitness and nutrition on track, whilst still enjoying your holiday and not allowing it to have an impact on the people you have gone on holiday with.
Our busy lifestyles of work, family, friends and trying to fit training in can sometimes leave us feeling both physically and mentally burnt out, and going away for a holiday allows us time to unwind, relax and re-energise our body and mind.
This year amid the pandemic holidays will look very different to the previous two weeks all inclusive, and with many holiday destinations giving you the choice of self-catering and exploring the outdoors will make it easier for you to remain focused and more in control of your food. The seaside resorts have the temptation of fish and chips, sweet treats and all day drinking.
To help you feel motivated and keep a health and fitness routine whilst on holiday here are my top tips.
I have created my top 10 tips for Summer Holiday Fitness:
- Pack your training kit! If you are staying in a hotel with a gym and classes, look at their schedule and book into gym sessions or classes before you go. This will allow you to go feeling motivated and plan the holiday around your sessions.
- If you are a runner, look for local routes and tracks that you can train on.
- Before going, speak with who you are travelling with and agree times for you to exercise without it impacting on the holiday.
- If you are travelling to a hot holiday destination, take the heat into consideration. Ideally, train early in the morning or later in the evening, especially if you are running or the gym is not air-conditioned. Then, plan in the days you will train and add them to your schedule.
- Look for activities you can all do together such as hiring bikes to explore the local area, walks, big adventure playgrounds like Go Ape, or try something new like open water swimming.
- Go for regular walks of 30 minutes each day.
- Keep hydrated with water, aim for 2 litres per day.
- Be wise with food choices, aim to try new foods and not a daily full English breakfast. Scrambled eggs and tomatoes are a great option.
- Fill your plate with protein on a bed of salad or vegetables at lunch and evening meals. Try to limit fried foods, such as burgers, chips, or creamy sauces on pasta.
- If you are aboard on an all-inclusive including unlimited drinks, try to avoid drinking all day, every day, this will harm both health and fitness. Whilst there is nothing wrong in enjoying yourself and having some drinks during the holiday, having too much will have undesired effects.
- If you do have a drink, be mindful of measures of the drink and go for lower-calorie beverages such as gin and Slimline tonic.
- Spend some time relaxing a day by the pool with a good book, or take 10 minutes each day to practice some mindfulness.
- Have a social media and a phone detox to reduce any stresses of work, and to spend quality time with the person or people you have travelled with, and most of all enjoy yourself making new memories.
- Most of all enjoy yourself and come back from your break energised!
Taking time out of everyday life provides you with the opportunity to rest, relax and revitalise and come back with new goals or challenges you would like to achieve. Have a great holiday of making memories, trying new experiences is all part of becoming the best version of you.
Personal Trainer & Gym Studio Owner