Stay­ing fit while on holidays

Isis Town and Country - - Life - By LEANNE SHORTER

I HAVE just re­turned from a great hol­i­day and I have to say that it can be dif­fi­cult to keep on track with your health and fit­ness while you are away.

I know a lot of peo­ple’s at­ti­tude is “don’t worry about it, you’re on holidays, en­joy your­self, go on a diet when you get home”.

While hav­ing that care­free at­ti­tude seems log­i­cal for some, do­ing a few lit­tle things while you are away will help you at least sus­tain some level of fit­ness and keep weight gain to a min­i­mum.

You cer­tainly don’t want to blow all your good work that you do for most of the year on a two-week hol­i­day.

Ex­er­cis­ing wasn’t easy, as I didn’t re­ally want to ven­ture too far on my own in a for­eign coun­try, and ho­tels had ba­sic, if any, gym equip­ment. I know many of you are faced with sim­i­lar prob­lems when you go away.

You tend to eat out more, eat more snack-type foods, prob­a­bly drink a tad more al­co­hol, you are out of rou­tine with your ex­er­cise and in an un­fa­mil­iar place.

Here are a few tips that can help you stay on track while you are on holidays.

Just be­cause the food is there, doesn’t mean you have to eat it.

If you do eat the less healthy type foods, then limit the quan­tity. Drink lots of wa­ter. Eat fruits and veg­eta­bles that are in sea­son in the area you are in – much cheaper and more nu­tri­tious.

Try to limit al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

Do body weight ex­er­cises (like squats, push-ups and planks). You don’t need a lot of room to do these.

Add even more re­sis­tance by us­ing a Re­sist It Band. These take up no room in your suit­case.

Use the stairs in­stead of es­ca­la­tors and lifts.

Main­tain­ing weight is a lot eas­ier than try­ing to lose it.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KEEP FIT: Leanne Shorter.

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