For many of us the time is almost here to hop onto that plane to explore warmer, sunnier. climates. Wonder the streets of various places and best of all taste the fine cuisine the world has to offer. Lets face it, holidays are to be enjoyed and you’re not going to want to miss out on all the fun activities. Chill out on that sun lounger and indulge on fine wines and food!

Its time to let loose, but lets not get carried away here. You’ve worked hard to create a lifestyle which is well balanced, and you can bring some elements of this lifestyle on holiday with you. So here’s my top tips on staying trim on holiday.

The tactical buffet..

If you’re partial to an all-inclusive holiday you may be looking to get your moneys worth. Although you could look at this in a different light, such being ‘health is wealth.’ Are you still hungry after 5 pancakes with maple syrup and then going for the cooked breakfast?

It may be worth looking at the buffet cart more tactically. Instead of gorging on everything all at once, why don’t you eat something different each day from the buffet. That way you get to try everything but won’t feel like a balloon when you’re led out on that sun lounger. Also try to balance your meal with healthy sources of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, omelette etc. are all good choices but if you want some pancakes, go for it. At the end of the day you’re on holiday, you’ve deserved it, but remember to not go overboard.

Cocktail o’clock time??

It’s that time of day, the cocktail menu is out, you’re chilling out and deciding which one to choose. With some tasting like fruit juice it can be easy to have a few without realising how much sugar you’re consuming. Piña Colada is a firm cocktail favourite, although on average it contains 35 grams of sugar, that’s almost 9 tsp of sugar! Imagine having more than 1 of those. Yikes! So if you are going to have a cocktail then maybe stick to just 1. You could even ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar or choose a less sweet cocktail such as a Manhattan.

Water is key..

Make sure you keep topping yourself up with a drink of water. Hunger can be mistaken for thirst and with temperatures rising it’s easy to become dehydrated. On average we should consume 2-4 litres of water a day. This may increase if we’re within a hotter climate. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and take a sip little and often. Also enjoy the local, in-season fruit which will also help.

Early bird catches the worm.

Ok so picture this, you’re led out on the sun lounger, cocktail in hand, it’s 5pm, do you really fancy that gym session now? Chances are, no. My advice is to get it over and done with first thing in the morning. Sometimes the hotel gym can be a bit depressing, so explore your surroundings by going on a scenic run or a quick 20 minute HIIT session to get the day off to a good start. As mentioned in a previous blog post, I like to put on a Joe Wicks YouTube HIIT session. A short session is all that is needed on holiday. It will make you feel more energized and set up for the day.

Charlotte James

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