We all need a little R&R at times. Some time out from the normal routine we have in life. So that we can let our hair down, lie back in the sun and enjoy the simple things in life. It is healthy to take a break from our normal workout routine at times, and to indulge in some delicious foods we enjoy.
The one thing we need to bear in mind though is that if we have been working towards achieving specific fitness goals, then we will have to pick up the slack again once we resume our healthier lifestyle again.
Don’t let this thought put you off though we all need a break at times! Here are 3 simple tips to keep in mind to help you stay healthy over your holiday break!
Get creative with your site seeing! - When you are on holiday, hitting the gym isn’t always an option and you may find your normal workouts have gone on the backburner. Yet it is still a good idea to get up and moving. I like to combine my holiday experience with some leisurely exercise. Such as taking long walks around to explore where I am, or hiring a bike to cover more distance. Perhaps you can even go swimming or mountain climbing?
Moderation is key - I once heard an expression ‘A little bit of naughty stuff is good for the sole’. This basically means that even if you are eating a very healthy diet, enjoying a little treat every now and then is also important for your mental wellbeing. I mean, it is all about having enjoyment in life right? When we go on holiday, we often indulge in lots of delicious food and drink that we may not normally consume, and this is all part of why holidaying is so much fun right? The key here is moderation. Try not to overeat, by sticking to a moderate portion size and refraining from reaching for seconds. Mix it up! If you are enjoying an unhealthy meal, try to make sure you get a couple of healthy meals into your day too. You will notice that your body and mind feel better and more energised when you feed yourself well, so keeping an eye on your diet will help you get the most out of your holiday experience.
- Rest and relaxation - Part of the holiday experience is the temptation to dive head first into activities and parties, and why not? However making sure that you get sufficient sleep and make time for some healthy relaxation is an important tip for helping you get the most out of your holiday. Plus it will prevent you from feeling like you need a holiday once it is over! So aim to get your 8 hours of sleep each night, or make time for relaxing day time naps! Try to incorporate some down time, to meditate, read, and have a massage or whatever it is you enjoy doing to unwind.
Most importantly, be safe and have fun!