Keeping up your exercise routine on holiday can be a tough gig, especially when a few sun-downers take precedence over that gym session you had planned for the next day.
To state the obvious, holidays are there to be enjoyed and if you want to have a few days off your workout schedule, you do you.
But, if you know that regular exercise – whether it be a morning walk or a 5k along the beach – helps you show up as your best self, there are ways to factor it in while you’re away from home.
Need some pointers? We’ve called in Jessica King from F45 Training Mill Hill, who provides her expert tips on the mistakes to avoid when exercising on holiday and how you can keep your exercise regime on track.
Exercising at the Wrong Time of Day
“When you’re abroad in a hot climate, there are times of the day that you should avoid exercising. It’s so important not to overheat and dehydrate, so working out first thing in the morning, or at the end of the day, is key.”
Going Overboard on Holiday Diets
“When you’re on holiday, you’ll probably indulge a little here and there which is totally normal, but it’s important not to go overboard if you’re trying to be cautious of your health and fitness while you’re away.
“There are easy ways to do this without feeling restricted, such as opting for lighter meals in the day and avoiding snacking in between meals. Try some local, fresh cuisine that you wouldn’t usually eat at home, or something you have never tried before.”
Trying Too Hard to Stick To Routine
“Rather than trying to maintain your usual fitness regime that you stick to at home, try switching it up when you’re abroad. If you have access to a pool, swimming is a great form of exercise – and a perfect way to cool off from the sun.
“Lots of hotels offer sports and activities, so get involved and try something new! Or perhaps try a run on the beach first thing in the morning, or early evening. This change in routine can help you stay on track with the bonus of beautiful holiday views!
“If you’re fan of F45 Training, you could even see if there are any studios near to where you are and get yourself booked in, that way your training can feel familiar to your usual routine.”
“The most important thing to remember is that going on holiday is about taking a break from your everyday life, unwinding, and having fun. You shouldn’t feel any pressure or guilt to exercise on holiday.
“I love training when I’m away as it feels good to keep my body moving (and I struggle to sit still all day!), and these tips will really help if you’re unsure on where to start.
“But I also know taking a break is important and few days off training won’t ruin all the progress you’ve made, and may actually do your body some good. You worked hard for your holiday so go and enjoy it! You can always get back into your routine and pick up where you left off as soon as you get home.”