6 Tips For Staying Fit and Healthy on Holiday
What good is a vacation if you come back feeling worse than when you left? Enjoy yourself while keeping your health in mind with these tips.
Many people think that going on holiday means you can’t stay fit and healthy. After all, those all-you-can-eat buffets and unlimited cocktails are a recipe for an unhealthy getaway. However, there’s no reason why you can’t stay fit and healthy on holiday – you just need to follow a few simple tips and tricks.
Stay safe in the sun.
One of the biggest risks to your health while travelling is the sun. It’s important to be appropriately protected by making sure you are wearing sunscreen whenever you are outside, and spending the hottest periods of the day in the shade. Make sure your sunglasses have UV protection, and if you’ve been in the pool, or in the sea, remember to reapply your sunscreen. Drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated and avoid heat-related injuries, like heat exhaustion and heatstroke .
Although it’s important to rest on a holiday, you can still get your exercise in, without having to sweat it out at the gym – although there are some great hotel gyms if you know where to look. Simply going for walks around the local town will help get your step count up, or perhaps start the day with a bit of yoga or a few laps in the hotel pool. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try taking up a new active hobby. You can learn to surf or try rock climbing – it doesn’t have to feel like a workout.
Get plenty of sleep.
As much as you might want to party all night and explore all day, it isn’t good for your health to do that constantly, so make sure you get plenty of rest and at least a few nights of proper sleep. You should return from a holiday feeling refreshed, not more exhausted than when you left - otherwise you might end up needing another holiday just to recover.
Eat and drink “healthyish.”
Holidays are certainly a time to indulge a little, but that doesn’t mean you have to raid the hotel buffet until you are sick every day! Eating too much can make you feel sluggish and this can make it hard to enjoy the rest of your day when you just want to sleep off a food coma. Don’t eat loads just because it is there.
There are some foods that are worth travelling for, however, including French cheese and apple pie from The Netherlands, according to the Secret Traveller blog at 1Cover. Don’t fill up on junk food and try some local delicacies instead. When it comes to alcohol, remember that it will dehydrate you, so again, think about moderation and drink water between cocktails.
Consider the circumstances.
Health and well-being are so personal to each individual that there may be some things you have to consider that other people do not. For example, if you have an illness or disability, you need to ensure that you have any equipment and medication you need. Alternatively, if you are pregnant, you will need to consider the health of yourself and your baby, which may rule out certain destinations and activities.
It can be easy to get carried away on holiday and do things that we wouldn’t usually do, and perhaps get caught up in adrenaline and take extra risks. It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not invincible and that we need to be careful – if something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. For example, jumping off cliffs into the water might sound like fun, but it is very unlikely to be safe.
The Bottom Line
So there you have just six tips for keeping fit and healthy while you’re on holiday. There is nothing like illness to ruin a great trip so it’s worth it to be able to enjoy yourselves! Do you have any other tips? Leave them in the comments.
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