We all know how hard it can be to eat healthy food abroad. There’s too much temptation, especially if you’re somewhere like Italy where it’s pasta, pizza and fancy ice-creams galore! You might be going on an all-inclusive or going to booze it up and let your hair down, wherever it is you’re going on vacation you can avoid coming home with that extra snuggly padding by following these 5 Top Tips for Staying Healthy on Holiday!
1. Stay motivated
Don’t completely forget why you started being healthy or going on that weight loss regime in the first place. You once had so much motivation to nourish your body and exercise, so don’t forget about that as soon as you get on the plane. Remember why you started and if you have to then keep motivational post it notes around your hotel room so that you don’t go completely off the rails or the wagon!
2. Get moving
Even if you indulge a little too much for the first few days (which is totally normal) just make sure you move as much as possible so that you can at least burn some of it off. Whether it’s taking the stairs rather than the lift (Arnold Schwarzenegger would recommend doing improvised workouts; chins, dips, push ups and general calisthenics in your hotel room!). Do some laps in the hotel pool or be dedicated enough to use the hotel or local gym every day, do as much as you can (even 15 min each HIIT bursts) and you’ll feel SO much better for it.
3. Don’t overindulge
It might sound obvious but it’s so easy to overindulge on holiday because you think you deserve it or you just want to relax. You’re perfectly entitled to relax but remember that certain foods, especially ones high in sugar, are harmful to your body (no matter where you go of course) and will make you feel worse after eating them. Treat yourself once a day and make sure everything else you eat is nutritiously scrumptious, fresh, colourful and yummy!
4. Get enough sleep
It’s easy to forget how important sleep is and if you’re on a booze-up trip then being hungover might become a normal feeling for you during your holiday. Whether you’re drinking or not make sure to get enough sleep because if you feel tired in the day you’re much more likely to slip into bad habits and eat junk food in order to give you that quick hit of energy and start that vicious cycle all over again.
5. Keep busy
If you’re going on a cultural, sightseeing trip then keeping busy will be pretty easy for you. If not then find local activities to get involved in, read or do anything else that keeps your mind busy. That way you won’t eat out of sheer boredom and absent-mindedly indulge in random bouts of grazing (which is one of the main and worst reasons for people to eat too much). A bonus is that you’ll make many more happier, valuable memories while on holiday due to your heightened self-esteem. You’ll probably look a whole lot better on your holiday snaps too which is no bad thing if they accidentally end up on Facebook!
The most important thing is to enjoy your holiday so don’t ruin it by feeling like you’ve overindulged and taken a few steps back from reaching your ideal weight or health goals. On the other hand don’t be overly strict with yourself; you should be curious enough to explore the local culinary delights on offer and venture off the beaten track for other than foodie-selfie pics. Have fun!