Holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing, but that doesn’t mean you need to let your fitness goals slide. If you’ve put hard work into maintaining your physique, you’re probably worried about the impact of those starchy meals and poolside cocktails on our body, but fear not. Fitness is a journey, and there will be times when you indulge and times when you don’t, so try not to set unrealistic expectations for your holiday. Instead, adjust your attitude, listen to your body, and read these four essential tips for staying fit on vacation.
Rather than spending all your time on the sun lounger, resolve to stay active to keep yourself feeling physically and mentally strong. Staying fit doesn’t necessarily mean sweating it out in the hotel gym each morning or hiking up mountains, however. Simply walking around the local city will burn more calories than you think – plus you’ll get more of a chance to explore your surroundings than if you were behind the wheel.
If you’re heading to Spain, don’t spend all your time on the beach. Instead, look for things to do in Caceres: a medieval walled city with plenty to see. Not only will the walking keep you active, but soaking up the history and culture will provide exercise for your brain, too.
Rent a Bike
Next time you go on vacation, sign up for a traditional bike tour or use a bike rental service. Cycling on vacation is a great way to stay active, but it could also save you money and ensure you stay safe on roads you’re not accustomed to. In places like the Netherlands, cycling is by far the most convenient way to travel, as well as the safest.
If you’re traveling to Amsterdam, it’s important to note that the pathways are usually segregated from roads, so those pedaling pushbikes take priority at roundabouts and junctions. In this case, like 70% of all Dutch residents, you’ll be better off on a bicycle.
You can rent most health and fitness equipment when you’re away, so try and resist taking up valuable luggage space with your exercise equipment. Instead, pack a pair of running shoes and some comfortable outdoor gear and just explore your natural surroundings. Studies show that exercising outdoors is better for your health than an indoor workout, so try to switch off from your routine and get out in the fresh air. If you must bring something to help you stay active, pack a skipping rope, as this can be easily stowed in your suitcase and allows for on-the-spot cardio.
Listen to Your Body
A vacation comes around only once or twice a year, so it’s not the end of the world if you let your health and fitness standards slip for a few days. Enjoy yourself, stay mindful about what you eat and drink, and keep on your feet whenever possible. Above all, your mind and body deserve time to switch off and recuperate, so don’t push yourself if you feel the need to rest.