I am busy planning my next holiday, something I do regularly even if it is only day dreaming, and it got me thinking so many people go away and blow all the hard work they have done leading up to their escape. Many holidaymakers come back with added kilos not only in their baggage but on their waistlines.
Going on holidays doesn’t have to mean you are going to blow all your hard work. Holidays are a great opportunity to experience something new and step outside your regular fitness regime. It might be the perfect time for you to try yoga, white water rafting, horse riding or to learn a new sport like surfing or skiing. Even if you are not up for anything too extreme walking and cycling are great ways to get around and you also get to see and experience different sights and get a far more real local experience.
Checkout if your hotel has a gym, that way you wont have any excuses and many of the larger hotels also offer personal training and other fitness classes. If your hotel doesn’t have its own fitness centre, a great way to maintain your fitness and to meet the locals is to check out nearby gyms, many offer casual visits to holiday makers. Having cocktails poolside might be on your agenda, but why not add aqua exercises or pool runs.
Even in a small hotel room you can design a program which requires little space. A routine consisting of some cardio exercises and body weighted exercises can be done anywhere. Why not try jumping jacks, high knees and then add some pushups, wall sits, dips, crunches, planks all exercises dont require much space and are great to help keep you in shape.
Don’t worry you don’t have to go excess baggage with packing fitness equipment, one of the best pieces of equipment you can bring from home which doesn’t take any room in your suitcase is a fitness band. Bands are great for stretching but also they can be connected to door handles or using your body weight for strength work. It also is amazing what can be utilized as “fitness equipment” if you take a look around. Replace the treadmill with trail or beach runs. Coconuts, logs, sandbags, chairs make great weight and stability equipment. You are only limited by your imagination.
Holidays are a time to relax take some time out for yourself and revive your body. With sensible eating and having active fun holiday, your new six pack might be included in your souvenirs. Happy Holidays.
Jo Sharp owner of Sharp Moves Fitness & Wealthier, Healthier You Lifestyle programmes. With over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and qualified in a wide range of fitness elements her clients get to experience both a mind and body workout. Combining her two passions fitness and travel she has a global fitness business which includes Fitness Retreats and Fitness Business Retreats.