Guest Post – 7 Ways to Stay Healthy on Holiday

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Todays guest poster is the lovely Estelle from Strong In a Thong.  Estelle is a cross fit coach, fitness enthusiast and all round champion of womens health.  Today she’s giving her top tips for staying on that health & fitness wagon while you’re on holiday!

Over to Estelle!

I have being traveling for the past nine months, and whenever I hear people say that they’ll “get back on the wagon when they get home” I wince a little. Don’t wait till you get home. It is completely possible to stay in shape AND still have fun on vacation.

I am not super-human. I love chocolate and I love trying new treats in new countries! I have though, created a little mini system to make it almost impossible for me to avoid working out on vacation. I will admit that it helps tremendously that my boyfriend and I hold each other accountable but anyone can commit.

This is my bulletproof plan to make sure I don’t come home ten pounds heavier!

Carry Health Snacks on you ALWAYS

We tend to make bad food decisions when we are hungry and don’t have any other options. If I am on a three hour flight from Bali to Vietnam,  and the Air Asia lady swings by with her goodie cart – I am ten times more likely to ask for a Kit Kat bar – if I don’t have some nuts in my bag. So what do I do? I BRING NUTS. And when I forget? I buy the Kit Kat bar. Don’t make the same mistake!

Book a Hotel with a Gym

Even if you don’t think that you’ll go – just do it. If you have the option, it will make it that much harder to slack off. If you are traveling with someone, pinky-promise each other to go at least a few times during your stay. After you go once, you’ll feel great and want to go again. Sometimes it just takes a few more “searches” on Expedia or Booking.com to find a hotel with a gym. Worth the extra time to save some unwanted flab!

Pack Those Gym Shoes

I don’t care if you are going to a place where you don’t think there will be a gym, you won’t be hiking and there is a 99% you won’t even have the time to work out. There is still that one percent! Bring your gym shoes. Why? They are a HEAVY reminder that you need to work out. When you’ve lugged around your pair, (usually dangling from my backpack) you are reminded that you brought them for a reason. That, or you end up feeling guilty that you’ve hauled them across the globe and haven’t used them. Not only are your sport shoes important to work out in, they are also crucial for long days of exploration! You only have two pairs of knees – give them the support they need.

Plan Active Holidays

Before I set out on a trip, I always try to find a few holiday activities that are active. Whether it is a volcano hike, or a zip lining day – I plan beforehand to solidify some movement in my holiday. Don’t like running up mountains like me? That’s fine. Love shopping? Great. Start from the furthest point away from your destination and walk the entire day. Any movement is better than none.

Set an Alarm On Your Phone

I set my alarm on my phone that says “WORKOUT”. A nice little reminder that I need to get my butt out of that hotel bed and out. Sometimes I don’t work out that day, but it’s constantly on my mind because a physical alarm went off. It may seem like a pain to do, but setting yourself up for success is important to staying on the wagon.

Carry a Water Bottle

Sometimes we think that we are hungry when we are actually thirsty! When you are visiting temples and walking around all day, you’re bound to get dehydrated. Avoid eating mindlessly by mistaking your thirst for hungry. I carry around a water bottle and fill it up whenever I can. I have always been horrible at drinking enough water, so keeping a bottle on me keeps me on point.

Your Body is Your Gym

But I checked on Expedia AND booking.com and I couldn’t find a hotel in my price point that has a gym.! That is not an excuse! Your body is plenty of weight to create a solid workout that will have you huffing and puffing in no time. I am a huge fan of bringing a jump rope. They are light to pack and can have you sweating in no time. Jump rope accompanied with some squat jumps, burpees and sit-ups? Killer workout.

So! The next time you book a plane ticket to go on vacation – go through this list. Being prepared allows you to avoid falling off the wagon. If you have worked so hard to look good for that vacation, it is such a waste to let it all fall apart once you get there! Plan ahead and don’t let failure even be an option.
 
Estelle x

Estelle is on a mission to share great knowledge about womens health and fitness.  You can read more about her and her Luminate Health & Fitness Retreats in Bali (now booking for May), on her blog Strong In a Thong.

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9 Responses

  1. Francesca
    April 07, 2014 at 1:04 am

    There are great apps and free videos that give you body weight workouts too…No excuses :) Thanks -xo-

    • helen
      April 07, 2014 at 1:07 am

      Personally I like the Sworkit App, but I just got the Nike Training App, so looking forward to trying that too! :)

  2. Tina Muir
    April 08, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Love this! Great tips there Estelle! It is like when people say they will start their diet “tomorrow”. I am all about taking a rest week, if it lines up with your plans, but often, you will enjoy your holiday so much more if you get up early, exercise, and can enjoy the rest of the day. If you run, you also get to explore new surroundings :)

    You have made me excited about going on holiday now :)

    • Estelle
      April 09, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Tina! Being a third-culture-kid and always being on the go – I HAD to figure out a way to stay healthy!

      And don’t get me started about the “I’ll start on Monday” ;)

      Glad you’re excited about holiday! I strive to make every day a holiday for me :)

      Best, E

  3. Renee @ Bendiful Blog
    April 08, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Great tips Estelle! Holidays and vacations are fun but they don’t need to be FULL on splurges. I always know I can get in a quick tabata workout with body weight no matter where I am just need 1/2 an hour!

    • Estelle
      April 09, 2014 at 8:17 am

      I love tabata work! I should have added that to my blog entry :) Such a great way for people to get in a workout because it goes by quickly and is almost like a little game! Love it!

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