We all need a holiday from time to time; holidays are good for the soul. They are for unwinding, relaxing, and having fun. They are also a time when we overindulge in food and/or alcohol, which is a main reason it’s so easy to gain weight. We all think that it’s hard to keep the weight off while we’re on vacation, but that is all in our heads.
With the right mindset and amount of effort, you can keep the weight off and maintain your trim, fit figure throughout your holiday.
1. Limit your sodium and sugar intake.
This is one of the hardest things for us to do during a vacation because, while we’re relaxing, de-stressing, and taking the free time to catch up on life and enjoy it, we cave in to temptation.
I’m sure you’ve told yourself, “Screw it. I’m on holiday,” while strolling through a bakery and eyeing all of the delicious pastries that are on display. Or, “I’ll get back into my fitness routine and lose these extra pounds when I return home.”
I know the feeling because I’ve been there myself. I’m just as guilty for shirking my health and fitness goals in favor of pleasure.
Here’s the thing though: It’s completely okay to indulge a little. That’s what holidays are for, right? You simply cannot deprive yourself of everything. That said; eating pastries and other sugary or salty foods every day will only pack on the weight and leave you feeling energy deprived. As the saying goes, ‘Everything in moderation’. Do enjoy a few treats, but at the same time, be mindful of how much sugary, highly processed foods you are consuming.
2. Book a place where you are able to cook your own meals.
The best way to ensure a healthful holiday is to book a vacation rental that includes a kitchen where you can cook your own meals. That way, you have full control over your choice of food and what to season it with. Delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals will give you an opportunity to spend more time enjoying your vacation rental. You’ll also save money that way.
3. Make Exercise part of your daily routine.
You don’t have to exercise at a gym while you’re on holiday, unless you’re staying at a hotel that has a gym and the gym is your go-to for exercise. You don’t even have to attend a gym in order to get a good workout for that matter. You can just as easily get out, explore, and enjoy the surrounding landscape in the place you are visiting.
Here are some ideas for physical activities that are fun to do:
- Walking or jogging
- Paddle boarding
- Rock climbing
- Fitness classes
Of course, the availability of outdoor activities depends on where you are vacationing. It also depends on your fitness level and on what you enjoy doing.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can also exercise in your vacation rental. There are several fitness programs you can access on your computer or tablet that are free and you don’t need any equipment in order to get in a good workout.
4. Don’t pack your days.
You’ve decided to spend your holiday in a different town, possibly – and most likely – in a different country, so quite understandably, you want to explore and drink up the experience and thrill of being somewhere different. You want to make it the best holiday you’ve ever had. But the best thing you can do for yourself is to not pack your days with activities. While you want to explore and have fun, keeping yourself too busy will drain your bank account and your health. On the go means more takeout, more dining out, and less rest.
Holidays are meant for a balance of fun and rest. If you can create this balance while on vacation, you will be better able to maintain your health and weight. You will also be better able to maintain this balance once you return to your regular schedule That’s because you’ll feel recharged, energized, and you’ll have the mental clarity to maintain this balance in your everyday activities.
Think of the ‘holiday fun-rest’ balance as a new habit to adopt and adapt in your work-life balance.
It’s easier than you think to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle while on holiday. It all depends on you; how you plan on spending your holiday and the activities you want to do. With the right mindset, self-control, and a little planning, you will be able to keep the weight off and maintain your fitness goals.