How to stay in shape on your vacation.

How to stay in shape on your vacation.

Thank you for the many requests received about how to keep your body from going 'pear-shaped' over the holiday season. Here is some 'real and do-able' advice which has always worked for me and my clients.

  • Leave for your hols with a good attitude. Your body and mind could do with some well-deserved R&R. Feeling guilty every time you see an ice-cream or have a glass of wine will definitely ruin it for you! Guilt is a useless emotion, therefore do not feed it
  • If you already have a fit, healthy (or even fairly healthy) body, it will easily deal with reasonable holiday indulgences. Research tells us that it takes 15 weeks to lose 50% of your current fitness levels and strength gains. So really, 2 weeks off will hardly dent your achievements.
  • However (according to the same research) when you do return to your normal routine hit it hard with vigour and intensity. Within a few sessions your body will be as strong as ever!
  • Guilt and aesthetics aside - Keeping active whilst on vacation will make you feel so much better and keep you energised. This will incentivise you to want to continue moving your body.
  • Walking is such a great way to stay lean, so aim to walk the recommended 10 000 steps at least four days a week and whilst out and about find some hills/stairs and give your butt a blast!
  • Any holiday activities are great and will contribute towards your recommended step count. 
  • Swimming in the sea and running barefoot on the beach will give you the added benefits of grounding - a powerful health benefit. 
  • If you're really in the mood, then try a 10 minute HIIT routine three days a week and this will take care of any holiday bloat.
  • If you're away for longer than a week, I would highly recommend you do some stretching or join a yoga class to keep your body flexible. Even a 5 minute stretch will suffice. 
  • When it comes to the eating side of things you do not need to be a champion with the knife and fork. I truly believe if you are interested in your health, you'll intuitively opt for healthier choices.
  • Try to make informed healthier food options and if you do fancy something decadent, enjoy it, press the delete button and move on. I cannot stress this point enough!
  • Do make sure you hydrate and the only fluid which truly hydrates the body is plain, still water! Ensure you get through 2 litres per day.
  • If you must drink alcohol, choose wisely and be mindful of the amount you are consuming. I personally enjoy a glass of wine or two with a meal whilst on holiday, and perhaps a croissant in the mornings. I won't deprive myself of these little joys but will avoid all other sugars and drinks in order to enjoy these.
  • Consider taking a milk thistle supplement to support your liver.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DON'T OVERTHINK IT!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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