Staying active on summer holiday
One of the best things about this time of year is heading off on holiday. Whether it’s a family trip, romantic getaway or solo adventure, there’s nothing better than escaping the daily grind to relax and let loose. But when you’re faced with buffet breakfasts, mouth-watering restaurants and beaches begging to be laid on (tough life), it’s easy to overindulge and end up feeling more sluggish than you were before you left. So while it may be tempting to throw all notions of healthy living out the window, if you take on some of the below tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your holiday and feel good.
Put down your book for an hour or two and get sporty on the sand. Beach volleyball and cricket are fun options – they rev up the heart rate (and metabolism!) and the whole family can play. Flags is another great game. A staple at surf lifesaving events, it involves lining up a bunch of thongs or sticks in the sand and racing to snap one up. There’s always one less ‘flag’ than the amount of people playing and you do as many rounds until there’s a winner.
Drive past drive-thru
When you’re on a road trip, it’s almost too easy to pop past the drive-thru after filling up the tank. Save yourself the money and unnecessary calories by packing your car snacks beforehand. Take an esky full of fresh food and drinks, and make your pit stop at a park instead of the petrol station.
See the sights
Whether you rent bikes to ride around the city or trek up a mountain to see a famous waterfall, take the time to explore the area you’re staying in. There’s always more to see than the inside of your hotel room or resort, so get out and explore. Who knows, you might come back with a good story to tell!
Book a hotel with a gym
If you’re not exactly a gym bunny, staying in a hotel decked out with top facilities can be exciting. You can try that fancy-looking equipment without the commitment (or joining fee!). Plus ,where there’s a hotel gym, there’s usually a pool, spa and sauna, so power through your session and then reward yourself with some pampering.
Use your holiday as an opportunity to do an activity you’ve never done before, like surfing, rock climbing or abseiling. You can tick something off the bucket list, get the blood pumping and feel like you’ve achieved something.
Dance the night away
If you’re hitting the club scene, take advantage of the cocktails you had with dinner and tear up the dance floor. A night spent working on your (impressive) dance moves can burn quite a lot of calories and keep you busy –away from the bar.
Two out of three
A great rule to follow on holiday is to be ‘good’ for two out of three meals a day. For example, if you’ve been eyeing off that Italian restaurant and gelato bar, eat something healthy for breakfast and lunch so you can go to town on the menu later that night. By eating one meal a day with no limitations, you’ll enjoy the freedom of a holiday without adding too much to your waistline.
How do you stay active when on holiday? What’s your biggest weakness when you’re off on a relaxing getaway?