It’s a common problem. You sweat hard for months to get that beach body only for all that hard work to come undone while you’re laid out on that stretch of sand sipping pina coladas.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of ways you can have the holiday of a lifetime and actually come back fitter than when you went away.
Give these five tips a try on your next sun-soaked getaway:
Pick a hotel with a pool and/or gym
If you’re staying in a hotel with good facilities, then you’ve really got no excuse not to stay active.
Hit the gym before taking your place on the sand so you can enjoy the rest of the day guilt-free.
Cool off by taking regular dips in the pool. But don’t just get comfy on your lilo. Make sure you’re getting a few laps in each time.
Even if you don’t have a pool or a gym, if you’re staying by the beach, you can go for sand runs which will help to boost your fitness levels.
Go for the healthy option
Food is such an important part of travel. To get a real feel for a place, you definitely need to try a few local delicacies. We would never suggest holding back on this front.
But, you can pick your meals a little more wisely.
At the breakfast buffet, steer clear of the pastries and go for the delicious tropical fruits. Eggs are always a good protein packed option which are widely available and usually in a number of forms.
Instead of oodles of stodgy pasta, go for the lighter, fresher alternative of a salad – much more appealing anyway in hotter climes.
Pack a resistance band
They may not look like much, but these little strips of rubber are incredibly versatile.
When it comes to squeezing in a cheeky workout in the comfort of your hotel room, then this little fellow is going to be your best friend.
Rope in your holiday companion for some resistance runs, do some lateral crab walks, loop it around your thighs for an upright row, around your arms and back for a push-up with a little extra oomph. Use it wisely, and you’ll get a super effective all-over-body workout.
Best of all, it won’t take up much room in your suitcase!
Invest in a wearable
If you haven’t already got your mitts on one of the new generation of sports wearables, then a holiday is the perfect excuse to hit the shops.
Fitbit, Garmin and Tom Tom are just some of the companies that have a range of offerings that will help motivate and track your exercising while on holiday.
Been sat still for too long? A little buzz on your wrist will remind you it’s probably time you moved or got up and went for a walk.
Pick one with GPS, and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore your surroundings by going on a nice long run.
It’ll keep you updated on how many steps you’ve walked (you’ll be surprised how many during a day of sightseeing), and how many storeys you’ve climbed.
Go for one with heart rate monitoring and you’ll even be able to keep a gauge on the number of calories you’ve burnt in that day.
Nothing like being kept accountable.
What better way to get under the skin of a destination than heading off on a little adventure?
Think a hike up a mountain, a snorkelling trip out to the nearest reef or maybe a kayaking safari. All of these are great ways to see a destination, and are guaranteed to get you sweating.
This is the best form of exercise there is. Seize the opportunity to explore, and you’ll reap the benefits in more ways than one.
How do you stay fit when you’re on holiday?