How to Stay Healthy whilst on Holiday

Food is one of the most exciting things about going on holiday. From local delicacies to the temptation of an all-inclusive buffet. Holiday food can definitely be described as a both a gift and a curse. However, what if we told you you don’t have to resist it all? Following the advice from this blog will help bring you the perfect balance when going on holiday and give you a great opportunity to form new habits without the all too familiar stress eating.

Sleep

This holiday why don’t you try to relax and have that fabled lie in. Sleep is something that we are all guilty of overlooking at times. Whether it’s due to a deadline, the children not going to bed (“but mum it is the summer holidays”), or we just really don’t want to miss the newest episode of our favourite programme, our busy schedules often stop us from getting our recommended sleep range. Sleep deprivation can play a big role in our health, as those of us who are tired tend to be hungrier, consume more calories and do less physical activity. Linking bad sleep patterns to weight gain. So enjoy your lie in on holiday.

Stay Active

So, if you’re already in love with your gym regime then stick to that however if you’re not, why not try embracing where you are and seeing what your holiday destination has to offer you. There are some great ways to stay active on holiday, why not try a walking tour? It is a great way to get some steps in and explore a new destination. When cooling off in the pool try doing a few lengths before you get out, which will all add up by the end of the week. A change can be as good as a holiday.

Hydration

Did you know keeping hydrated is actually a fantastic strategy to boost weight loss? Cravings are often mistaken for hunger as our bodies often mix up thirst for hunger. Drinking lots of water helps to boost your metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, aids digestive discomfort, supports the kidneys to filter out toxins and waste products and acts as an appetite suppressant. Surprisingly, drinking more water can also alleviate bloating and retained water which may provide short term weight loss. Aim for 4 pints per day. Remember that alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, so if you’re enjoying some cocktails in the sun, try to alternate them with a refreshing bottle of water or soft drink also.

Eat Mindfully

Try to follow a regular eating pattern and make healthy choices. Ideally you would fill half of your plate with vegetables, a quarter of your plate with lean protein and the remaining quarter with complex carbohydrates. Another easy tip is to take time to enjoy what you are eating, chewing your food for longer helps your body know when it is full.

New Toys

Why not get yourself a new health gadget at the airport? A Fitbit Charge 2 is a great way to monitor yourself and often seeing what you are doing can encourage you, from the amount of sleep you’re getting to tracking your steps and exercise history. If you love to compete, you can also challenge a friend to encourage yourselves to get those extra steps in. Remember it’s all about taking in the new experiences available to you, relaxing, having fun and balance.