Going on a holiday vacation simply means taking time off from one’s very hectic schedules. It’s the perfect time to unwind, to de-stress, and to enjoy life’s small yet greatest pleasures that we often take for granted in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful you’d end up with a whole lot more health problems after taking a much-needed holiday break if you also disengage from your fitness and sensible dietary regimen. The good news is that your holiday vacation doesn’t need to suffer while making sure that you stay fit. Here are some tips.
Take a walk, instead of going for a ride.
We all feel the need to relax whenever we take a holiday vacation. As such, most of us would rather request from the hotel staff for transportation to bring us to wherever it is we want to go. Well, if you’re talking about several tens of kilometres away to your destination, then taking a ride is definitely a must. But, if you’re only talking about a few to several kilometres it is best to walk.
This way you are exercising the muscles in your legs while allowing you to take in as much of the breath-taking scenery as possible. This also helps replenish the air in your lungs, allowing you to feel more refreshed and rejuvenated afterwards.
Incorporate some simple exercises you can do in your hotel room.
There are a lot of simple exercises that you can perform right in the comfort and privacy of your hotel room. This is especially true if you’re the kind of person who is quite shy to use the hotel’s fitness or gym facilities. The point in exercising is that you only need ample space to move about and be creative in the use of other items to address the lack of exercise equipment. For instance, don’t look for a dumbbell if you can have a bag full of stuff.
You can easily perform push-ups, modified kettle bell swing using a different item, squats, planks, or any other exercise routine. Use your imagination.
Use the new environment as a place to work out.
Does your hotel have access to a public beach? You can have your workouts right in the sand and do some sprint intervals. You can even create a modified triathlon of your own. Swim parallel to the shore for a distance of about 100 metres or so before hitting the road with your roller skates and finishing it up with a 2-kilometre sprint. If you’re heading to the mountains you can also think of more innovative ways to exercise.
The good thing about having a holiday vacation is that you’re presented with a lot of opportunities to stay fit even without the need for expensive exercise or gym equipment. Go biking or take a hike. You can also go on a coasteering adventure if you like. The important thing is to be physically active and not a couch potato.
Eat carbs later in the day, not during the day.
This is quite tricky. Holiday vacations are almost always characterized by a lot of food choices that can get you an additional 5 kilogrammes by the time you wrap up your vacation. Your weight doesn’t have to suffer. What you need is to alter your eating habits a bit by putting carb-rich foods later in the day, preferably after working out.
It is observed that eating high-carbohydrate foods during the day can cause insulin levels to reach an unusual high. Unfortunately, any excess in carbs will be stored in fat cells leading to their growth. This is because fat cells have been noted to be especially more sensitive to the increase in insulin during the day. On the other hand, consuming high-carbohydrate foods later in the day has the opposite effect. Muscle cells become especially sensitized to the presence of insulin, leading to muscle growth.
As such, it is advised that you take as few carbohydrates as possible during the day. Stick with protein-rich meals as well as fats. You can even bring your own protein-rich snacks when on the go.
Staying fit while on a holiday vacation isn’t really that difficult. One only has to stay focused on staying fit and everything else will fall into its rightful place.