Great holiday fitness advice from our Fitness & Endurance Ambassador, Lucy Boggis…
We spend most of the year training hard to get our “summer bodies” so we feel healthy and confident on the beach, but when we finally get on holiday things can easily slip! We go from “Miss/Mr Eat-Clean-Train-Mean” to “Miss/Mr Eat-Dirty-Train-Zero!” A holiday is not a holiday if you don’t indulge in a few treats but I want to help you maintain that awesome body of health and balance while you’re away catching those feel-good rays of vitamin D.
Like I said, I’m not suggesting you should smash out a full-on workout every day, but you can stay active and experience areas of the place your staying or do new things you have never tried. Kick start every day with some stretches followed by some simple press ups, lunges and sit ups to work the core muscles. Check out my video here – a 10 minute heart-blaster to get you going each day. I would then aim to do some more strenuous exercises every other day.
Ideas for water babies….
My absolute favourite thing is to get out in the sea. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to just swimming (even though this is fantastic for you) but what about trying a water sport such as paddle boarding? Living on the coast myself, means I do this most evenings in the summer. So if you’re heading to the UK coastline, try this as it’s an amazing way to stay fit and toned and to explore all the way along the coast. Or why not try snorkelling and go check out caves, rock pools and sea life!
Another brilliant water sport is surfing. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t stand up! Splashing around in the waves dragging yourself and your board through the crashing waves can be tougher then an actual work out, but ten times more fun. You’ll be working your core, legs, upper body and cardiovascular with this amazing sport and you can be the ultimate surf bum.
More of a land mammal?
If you prefer to keep your feet dry then why not get yourself on some coastline adventures, map out a route with perhaps a local coffee shop at the end of your destination, get those walking boots on, and get walking. In my previous blogs during walking month , then you will know just how great smashing those legs around the coast path will be for you. High calorie burn, awesome booty workout and again you will see areas of the place your staying with such better detail then if you were just sat in your car or on the beach. Trust me, that sea air in your lungs will do your body the world of good. Finally, why not hire some bikes, either off roading through forests or stick to the road and use the bikes as your port of transport, saves petrol, saves parking meters and burns some serious energy, so you can sit down and enjoy a beautiful dinner in the evening.
Whatever choice of exercise, you can’t really go wrong. By making a conscious decision to get active, you can’t really go wrong! And don’t’ forget to pack your handy Gluco tabs which could be just the thing to put an extra spring in your step and make getting off that sun lounger a little bit easier!
Let’s talk food!
Some of you may have the active side of the holiday planned and know all the places you want to walk to, run to, swim round, surf at, but with all this exercise you are going to get hungry!
It’s so important that you don’t restrict yourself on your holiday, because let’s face it, holidays are to eat, enjoy and relax. So there will be times during the holiday that you are going to want ice cream, fish and chips and local delicacies – but try not to make all those indulgent foods an everyday thing. Pack yourself picnics for your day trips, filled with fresh fruits, raw vegetables and humous, wholemeal pitta breads stuffed with tomato and basil, the list of a healthy picnic is endless, and also so nice to put together.
Try to experience the local dishes in the evenings to enjoy the culture of where you are staying. Watch the specials board for “catch of the day” which guarantees you are getting the best of the country and eating pure and fresh, without restricting your holiday happiness!!
And finally….enjoy every second of your well-deserved holiday! Be free, eat local, and experience as much as you can while giving the body some great activity!