It’s summer time, which means that for many of us we will be travelling, resulting in a change in our daily routine, and inevitably our fitness regime. Although I am a big believer in moderation and enjoying time to relax, I do try to stay fairly healthy whilst on holiday. This is primarily because I feel my best when I am treating my body in the right way and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It also allows me not to feel too guilty after coming back from a week’s worth of cheat meals and no exercise! I know staying healthy whilst abroad can be a challenge, which is why I thought I’d share some of my tips that helped me out on holiday in Tenerife last week.
Firstly, I always made sure to start the day with a balanced breakfast full of fresh fruit! Not only will this kickstart your metabolism, but this small positive action will make you more inclined to make healthier choices throughout the day too! I had unsweetened Alpen muesli every day with sliced banana, fresh berries and a cup or two of green tea. The green tea I had pre-packed as I like flavoured varieties, which can be hard to come by abroad!
Step 2 is to get moving! Although holidays are often a time for relaxation, they are also the perfect opportunity to try out some new forms of exercise and make the most of your unique surroundings! Whilst in Tenerife, my boyfriend and I did an amazing 10km kayaking trip where we got to see wild dolphins and had a swim in a beautiful alcove. Kayaking isn’t an exercise I usually do, so I really felt it in my muscles later!
Obviously these trips can be expensive, but even just deciding to walk to the beach instead of getting a bus there or staying by the pool is a great choice. Since we ate breakfast and lunch in our apartment, we walked to and from the beach 3 times most days; in the morning, afternoon and again in the evening for dinner. This meant we were doing at least 2 hours of walking a day, without even thinking about it! Have a look at my previous post for more information about the benefits of walking. Alternatively, you can develop your own workout using various body weight exercises (e.g. push ups, jump squats, side plank raises) and perform these in your room or at a nearby park.
Tip 3 is to snack smart. Obviously there are a ton of unhealthy options on holiday and although it is good to enjoy them in moderation, there are loads of healthy alternatives you may not have considered. Fresh juices and smoothies are a great way to get extra fruit and vegetables into your diet, as I certainly found that I wasn’t eating as many vegetables as I would have liked! I enjoyed a delicious fresh spinach, broccoli, parsnip and apple juice that was all natural with no added sugar whilst at the beach. I also made sure to pack some snacks like Nakd bars in my suitcase, as again these can be hard to find at standard beachside supermarkets!
My fourth tip is to make the most of the fresh local produce. I went to the fruit market on our first day there and stocked up on all the fresh fruit. The donut peaches were definitiley my favourite! This can be a great way to experience the local cuisine and get a range of nutrients into your diet that you may not get at home.
Additionally, I had seafood nearly every night, the local fish being grilled sea bream served with canary potatoes and salad. My favourite meal of the holiday had to be this delicious mixed fish platter that my boyfriend and I shared though. It truly was exquisite, the quality of which you can only experience with a view of the ocean!
My fifth and final tip is to enjoy the holiday treats! Although I did try to eat healthy most of the time and made sure to get some exercise into our daily routine, I also enjoyed a variety of treats. The mixed grill for example contained a naughty assortment of fried seafood, as well as fresh! It is important to remember that holidays are a special time and a time to relax and that you can easily get back into your healthy routine once you get home! Live in the moment, enjoy it and don’t regret any of the tasty treats!
I hope this has given you some ideas of how to stay healthy on holiday! I would love to hear what you’re tips are, I’m always looking for new ideas!