How To Keep Fit On your Beach Holiday
Going on holiday may come with the fear of gaining a few pounds, especially when you plan on laying back and only luxuriating, giving yourself the self-love that you've needed for so long. But this self love could also involve ensuring you keep your body in its best shape, even when taking a holiday down to the South Coast. Here are our top tips for staying on top of your exercise regime while on holiday:
Early Morning and Early Evening Walks
The golden hours as the sun sets and rises are not only the coolest times of the day for a long beach walk but also the best for some beach photos. Before breakfast and before dinner beach walks are a great way to build an appetite and not feel guilty about indulging on holiday.
Dance the night away
Even if throwing shapes on the dancefloor is more your thing than an early morning run, you can still reap the rewards. If you’re painting the south coast red, spend more time on the dancefloor than at the bar drinking, you could carry a speaker and make the beach your dance floor and you’ll be working out without even realising it. The more vigorous the dancing, the more beneficial.
Squeeze in a HIIT session
Not only can this be done in 15-20 minutes, it’s hugely effective and you don’t need any equipment. It involves short bursts of really hard work, followed by periods of rest. Perform exercises like running with high knees, burpees, squats and mountain climbers. Do 30 seconds of work, followed by 30 seconds of rest. Repeat four times, then hit the pool to cool off.
Aim to keep a little bit of routine to your diet
No one’s saying you have to diet whilst on holiday, just be mindful of your food choices. Have your fish grilled not fried and your potatoes boiled not sautéed. Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. For those of you that drink protein after a workout, bring it with you and stick to this part of your healthy routine, even if everything else goes out of the window. Remember it's the little consistencies that make a difference.
Use your sun lounger as a workout tool
That’s right, in between picking up your cocktail/trashy beach novel, you can use it to work out:
Bum Raisers: Lie on your back, bend your knees at 90 degrees. Then, pushing from the soles of your feet, raise your bum off the floor. Try performing 12 of these and repeat three times.
Waist tightener: This can be done either on your back or front when sunbathing. Pull the stomach in while maintaining the same level of breathing, and hold for 30 seconds, then relax for 30 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Sit-Ups: Lie on your back on the lounger and put the head rest up. The higher the head rest, the easier the sit-up should be since the sit-up is performed from a more acute angle. Try two sets of 12, rest then repeat.
Bicep Blast: For this one you’ll need your beach bag or another weight. Place the beach bag just behind the lounger and then, lying on your back on the lounger, reach behind and grab it, extending your arms. Repeat 12 times.
Walking is an amazing exercise, and you really can do it anywhere, no matter what level of fitness you’re at. Don’t waste money on travel whilst you’re away, instead use the time to walk – and do it with purpose, to really expend as much energy as possible. Just remember to stay safe and don’t walk alone late at night unless you really know your area.
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