It’s supposed to be a time of rejuvenation, but how many times have you returned from your holidays just a little less fit than you went away? Here, personal trainer, Jessica Wolny , explains how to stay happy and healthy on holiday this year, making sure you return home looking and feeling your best!
Summer holidays! They’re a strange season. On the one hand, they’re the one time of year you’re virtually guaranteed to wear revealing clothing, and you want to look your best. On the other, you only get a couple of weeks in the sunshine a year, and you probably want to start pounding mojitos as soon as the seatbelt sign is off, not count calories and spend all your time in the (terrible) hotel gym. So what’s the good news? You can have fun AND look awesome in a bikini! Staying in shape on holiday doesn’t mean sacrificing your fun, it just means making smart choices. Here are some suggestions:
Let’s face it, unless you’re on an activity-based holiday, you don’t want to break your day up by changing into training clothes, training and showering. And if you plan to train in the afternoon or evening, something will always derail things, whether it’s a one-off chance to hop on a bus tour or a cheeky glass of wine at lunch. So train first thing in the morning; just get up 15 minutes earlier than you ‘need’ to and go for a short walk, or do some bodyweight squats in your room.
Make It Quick
You don’t need to spend an hour in the gym to get the benefits of exercise; something is always better than nothing. There’s some evidence that even one or two minutes of resistance exercise, such as doing squats or press-ups, can turn on the Glut-4 hormone that sends food to your muscles instead of your fat stores. Got a whole four minutes? Do 30 seconds of burpees, 30 seconds’ rest, and then repeat. You’ll be burning fat for hours.
This works everywhere. Firstly, there’s no rule that you have to eat the awful plane food, just pack some almonds and fruit, and you’re good to go. This is good advice anywhere as it’ll stop you from heading for the nearest eatery when your blood sugar crashes. But don’t deny yourself the local food – when you head out for lunch or an evening meal, go to a quality restaurant (nice meat, fresh veg) and eat whatever you like.
Smart cocktail choices make a huge difference. Rum and Coke is full of calories and spikes your insulin levels, telling your body to store fat. Instead, try vodka or tequila (the 100% agave kind is best) with sparkling water and a slice of lemon – the lemon actually balances out your insulin levels. In the evening, go for red wine (it’s full of age-fighting resveratrol) or a dry white (less sugar).
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