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5 tips for a fitter holiday

5 tips for a fitter holiday

Sun-cream bought, out-of-office set on email, suitcases weighed. Flight times triple checked, currency ordered. Let the holiday begin!

We all look forward to a break in the sun, but there’s no need for that fun fortnight to wreck all the hard work in the gym. Try these ideas for a fitter and healthier holiday.

1.     MAKE A LINE IN THE SAND

Are you a runner? That sandy beach in the early morning is the perfect place for you. Quiet, not too hot and with a good surface to keep up that distance. And what a view!

2.     TRY SOMETHING NEW

The mental and physical exercise of trying a new skill is a perfect way to leave those work worries behind.

If you are on the beach, there’s a fitness centre right in front of you.

Swimming in a warm sea is never a chore. Unpowered watersports will strengthen your core and arms – try surfing, windsurfing or sailing when there’s wind or paddlesports when it is calm

3.     FIND THAT LITTLE GYM

Missing your regular workout? Many hotels and resorts now offer gym equipment. It might not be on the same scale as at home, but it will help keep you on training schedule. The air conditioning and shade also make a great respite from mid-day heat.

4.     ENJOY YOUR FOOD

It might be glorious Greek cooking or wonderful Italian dishes. It may even be gourmet French cuisine. Make the most of new tastes and new dishes and go local for taste and nutrition. All that activity will help you burn it off, so indulge a little.

5.     LOSE TRACK OF TIME

You are on holiday and (hopefully) away from it all. There’s no work stress and no comfort eating required. There are no deadlines. So why do you need to know the time?

Take off your watch and turn off your phone.  Set your activities according to your natural clock. Sleep when you are tired, eat when you are hungry, rest when it is hot, move when it is cooler.

Holidays are all about recuperation. Try these ideas and come home fitter in both body and mind.

the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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