Those of us who are fitness enthusiasts are typically fans of routine. Whether that’s a workout regime, a set running route or a strict and regular diet, having some order to things helps to keep that health kick going. However, holidays usually result in disruption to that routine, so adjustments need to be made.
Going abroad will mean that you don’t have access to your regular gym, and you may not be able to find any of the equipment you normally use at local facilities. You won’t have your typically jogging route, where you measure out your sprints and jogs by landmarks and can keep a time log of your progress. The food may be different, while the temptation to over-indulge on less-healthy things is sure to be higher. So if you want to maintain your fitness during your two-week break, you need to think about some exercises you can do without equipment or familiar surroundings – you never know, it may even add to the holiday experience.
Jogging is obviously an easy way to enjoy some cardiovascular exercise while you’re away, and all you need is a decent pair of running shoes (for those more used to weights in the gym, get expert help from a specialist retailer like Up & Running to make sure you get some suitable trainers). Obviously, it’s not wise to just jog off into unknown neighbourhoods and end up getting lost, so talk to hotel staff about safe areas to head to. Alternatively, if there is a nearby monument you’re interested in visiting, why not jog there? It gives you a definite route and destination, as well as incorporating something interesting at the end.
For toning up, you can use everyday hotel-room items or some of your luggage to act as makeshift weights, such as or revert to good old-fashion push-ups and stomach crunches. Resistance bands travel well so you could take these, if that’s what you’re used to.
As mentioned above, holidays are typically a time for indulgence – as they should be; it is your time to relax and recharge after all. However, you can balance out those treats by looking to some healthier options every now and again. Being abroad will give you a chance to explore different types of food, but there are healthy options everywhere. Look for the obvious: fresh fish, fresh vegetables, and things which aren’t sautéed, fried or cooked with cream. You might want to take snacks with you, but check whether you’ll be allowed to bring them into the country. Some areas restrict the import of foodstuffs, so you don’t want to carry that baggage weight without getting to eat them!
One thing to be careful of when eating abroad is street food. This should always be experienced as some it is delicious and is one of the most authentic ways of experiencing a culture, but be careful of hygiene standards. Dirty carts should be avoided, as should those with plenty of stock in mid-afternoon – if others aren’t buying, maybe you shouldn’t either!