ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Last year, in the lead-up to a two-week-long trip to China, I embarked on what I called a pretox, though, more accurately, it should have been called a pre-intox. My logic was this: along with the excellent adventure of heading to a country I’d never visited before, I knew that a fortnight away from home meant erratic exercise habits, over-indulging in food and drinks, and unpredictable sleep patterns in new beds and time zones. I figured if I headed into the tour in a nearoptimum state of wellness, I might not completely ignore the fact that calories and fitness don’t take a holiday when I do. That’s not to say I was puritanical when I boarded the cruise I was on, just that I didn’t throw all self-control overboard (which I usually do).
Each morning I watched the rituals of other passengers who were clearly doing the same. Some hit the gym, others did lap after lap of the deck. They ignored juices, pastries and Eggs Benedict in favour of fruit and natural yoghurt, a simple egg dish with a side of tomatoes and spinach, or wholegrain toast with smoked salmon.
I’d see the same guests later in the day happily drinking champagne or tucking into carbonara or chocolate pudding. I did the same. It was all down to restraint, here and there.
Fitbits were also the accessory of choice, with people gleefully announcing their daily steps tally. One shore day, my travelling mates and I did just over 26,000 steps, completely justifying the frozen margaritas.
If you’re keen to stay fit and healthy on holidays, turn the page to discover Paul Ewart’s annual new year, new you guide.