At this time of year, many of us are looking forward to our summer holidays. We might even be following a workout routine to get us feeling fit and well for the beach. But what happens to that routine once we reach the airport and get into "holiday mode"? It often gets left behind and we fall out of the habit of exercise completely for the week or fortnight we're away. We often forget about eating well too. And when we come back it can take some time to get back to normality. So by the time we do put on our runners or hit the gym again, a month may have passed and we're starting on the back foot.
So how can we avoid this holiday trap (without taking the enjoyment out of the holiday of course)?
Here are a few simple tips that should help:
- Make some room in your luggage for your workout gear. If you're going somewhere warm, remember you just need one set of light clothes. You can rinse them after your workout and they will be dry by morning. You've got to love good drying weather!
- Make activity part of your day. Fancy heading to the local shopping area? Why not walk. Want to see the sights? Why not hire some bikes and get around using pedal power.
- Social media has really made the world a smaller and more accessible place. So if you feel a training buddy or group could help keep you on track while you're on holidays, search for clubs or groups online and see if they are open to visitors. One great resource are the Park Runs. They are free, timed 5k runs that are in many major cities. Think about what a fab way that would be to get to see a city!
- Get the family involved! Again, if you have access to a pool why not do some relay races to add some fun? Or hike a local attraction and have a healthy picnic with a view when you get there.
- Take precautions in the heat. In places with a climate you're unused to, make sure you choose the right times of the day to exercise outside. Also make sure to stay hydrated before, during and after your workout.
- Prepare a bodyweight workout. You may not have access to a gym or equipment while away - and you don't need it! Find a workout that you can follow when you're away and ensure you're fitness doesn't drop.
- If you're planning a "staycation", you can follow many of the points above. Look at the options out there for active holidays such a cycling the Greenway or water sports. Our weather may not be perfect, but we're a temperate country. As they say, there is no bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!
- Eat local foods. Take some time to check out restaurants that offer locally sourced cuisine. Or if you're going self-catering, look for local markets that offer fresh local meats, fish, fruit and veg. And try something a bit different that you mightn't find at home. You might even learn a new recipe that you can bring home and wow your friends with.
So enjoy your summer break without having to restart your fitness when you come home