Ready, set, go …. Sprinting is also a high-intensity exercise which means you can spend less time working out and still see the same results,” explains Ru. “Combining short sprint intervals with abdominal crunches can be extremely effective at burning stomach fat, too” – perfect ahead of bikini season!
“Sprinting is also a high-intensity exercise which means you can spend less time working out and still see the same results,” explains Ru. “Combining short sprint intervals with abdominal crunches can be extremely effective at burning stomach fat, too” – perfect ahead of bikini season!
Explore the sights Instead of hopping on the sightseeing bus, why not try walking or cycling the route instead. Simply get hold of a tour map and you’re ready to go! “The locals in tourist-rich cities are usually more than happy to tell you more about the history of your destination, and you’ll generally gain a deeper insight and end up with a better experience this way too,” advises PT Erika Helsinki. “Not forgetting that you’ll also burn more calories than you would sitting down listening to your tour guide.
Mix it up “Jogging on a treadmill can often become tedious, so here are some options to replace or add to your existing routine; they also build muscle well too,” Ru tells us.
On an exercise bike, adjust the seat so your knees can’t completely straighten during each revolution to keep tension in your quads. Next, crank up the resistance so you can’t perform more than 60 revolutions per minute when pedalling with maximum intensity.
Continue pedalling in this way for five minutes. As you begin to tire, decrease the resistance.
If you want to keep this up while you’re on holiday, hire a bike and head into the hilly countryside to see the sights while working off any holiday excess.
Save £s, lose lbs “Using your bodyweight to set up a circuit is the cheapest and most effect way of keeping in shape,” claims assistant gym manager and trainer Beth Shaw. “Set yourself five exercises such as tuck jumps, press-ups, burpies, lunges and squats. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, then rest and do another circuit – work out how many repetitions you can manage and then see if you can beat it during the next circuit.
“Completing your training first thing in the morning will set you up for the day; you can do it on the beach, in your hotel room or on the balcony. As always, ensure that you drink plenty of water and keep hydrated!”
Skip your way fit “Skipping ropes are lightweight and won’t take up much space in your suitcase, which makes them the ideal piece of equipment to up your fitness levels abroad,” Beth tells us. “Skipping is a great way to keep your heart and lungs healthy, as well as burning extra calories. Skipping at a moderate intensity for 15 minutes will burn approximately 160 cals as well as toning your calves, butt, shoulders and arms. Follow up with some stretches to increase flexibility.”
Take the plunge “Swimming is a great way to keep active and is ideal for cooling off when temperatures start to climb,” says Beth Shaw. “Running against water increases resistance and therefore works your muscles, heart and lungs harder as well as protecting your joints. Try some press-ups against the wall of your hotel’s pool or tricep dips into the water.”
Stay active “The number one goal for most people on holiday is to relax, but kicking back doesn’t mean you have to overindulge throughout your trip,” says Erika. “Make time every day for swimming, yoga on the beach or going for a walk in the morning. Do enjoyable things that’ll keep your activity levels up. This way you’ll leave feeling fitter and be refreshed upon your return home.”
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