5 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy on Holiday

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Whether it’s jet setting to the Sandy Lane in Barbados or cruising around the Mediterranean, traveling is an essential part of our yearly routines. Taking some time to relax and rejuvenate from the busy lives we lead is more often that not a completely unforgettable experience. It does, however, beg the question — do some people ‘travel’ better than others? Are there tricks of the trade that accustomed sun-seekers know that others need to be let in on?

Here, we dish the goods on how the yoga lovers, regular travelers, and fitness fanatics go on those unforgettable trips and come back even healthier. It may be a time to let loose a little, but a touch of planning goes a long way to making sure you have everything you need to stay healthy and balanced throughout your trip.

1

Pack Snacks

Just because you’re leaving your kitchen cupboards and favorite treat jars behind doesn’t mean the contents can’t come with you. Go and buy a few sealable sandwich bags and load them up with your favourite nuts and dried fruits to keep unhealthy snacking at bay.

2

Exercise/Flexercise

Flexercise is how we like to describe exercising whilst on vacation. Going abroad is a chance to relax and break away from your normal routine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in a quick 20-minute session here and there. Pack your best trainers, a selection of workout gear, and anything you have which will fit nicely in your suitcase. A resistance band is a great option to add some intensity to workouts and will keep your muscles toned and ready for hitting it harder upon return. (Click here to discover the effective exercise moves you can do anywhere).

3

Restrict the Mocktails

We all love sipping on deliciously colorful and fruity drinks whilst watching the sun go down, but beware; most of these concoctions contain a ton of hidden sugar and syrups that rack up the calories and can make for a not-so-healthy trip away. Keep it to one treat beverage a day, and then explore some less calorific options, or ask for them to be made without added sugar.

4

Control Your Portions

This may sound a little on the strict side for holidays, but it’s definitely one to think about. Most of us start our days away with a huge buffet breakfast, eating far more than our stomachs can handle, only then to dine from a three-course menu for lunch and dinner. It’s often far more than we need, so eat slowly, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, and keep plate sizes similar to what you’re used to at home.

5

Stay Outdoors

Whether it’s a city trip, ski chalet, or beach break, there is always a beautiful outdoor landscape to take advantage of. Walking gets the digestive system going, burns calories, and offers a bit of “me-time’, which is a luxury not usually had in normal everyday life. It’s also a great one for saving money on travel, which can then be used to enhance your holiday even more!

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