Taking a holiday doesn’t mean your fitness has to fall by the wayside.
On the contrary mine often increases as I have more time to focus on my fitness and pour more energy into it. Similarly you could easily find ‘holiday fitness’ means not having the added distractions of work deadlines, domestic chores or the drudgery of routine as excuses for not getting to the gym, a new environment is exactly what can kick start a fresh take on exercise for you, like a holiday romance that hopefully lasts once you get home!
Imagine having lots of sleep with no alarm, let your body wake up when it’s naturally ready – surely one of the best luxuries of being on holiday?! Enjoy unhurried hearty breakfasts with plenty of delicious fruit after a ‘fasted’ run along the beach. Experience great scenery knowing the sand beneath your feet is creating extra resistance for toning your legs. Afternoons can be spent lazing around the pool perfecting your tan, then with a few dips to cool off, you could easily rack up a few steady lengths. It all counts.
Holidays are perfect for upping the anti on super calorie burning activities, out of the ordinary stuff like snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing and because the body isn’t used to doing them it causes the muscles to burn extra energy to complete the the new physical challenge. Bonus!
Simply spending the day walking around exploring streets & pathways in quaint towns or ancient cities, you’re bound to exceed your fitbit’s quota of 10,000 steps a day and if you’re off to a weekend festival, all that dancing the night away to your favourite bands are hidden fitness gems!
Of course the benefits of all this calorie burning business hinges somewhat on your calorie consumption, so if you keep a bit of a reign on the food and alcohol you could well come back a few pounds lighter than you went and certainly a bit fitter.
– This Article has been published in the July edition of Life Magazine – http://www.lifemagazines.co.uk