How many of you are planning a summer holiday this year? Holidays are a great way to unwind and relax but they can also pull us out of routine. Plus we are all prone to eating & drinking more than we normally would!
So how do we limit the damage over the Summer holiday? How do we enjoy ourselves without the guilt?
The average weight gain is between 4 - 8 pounds over a two week holiday.
But the fact that you aren’t sticking to your normal exercise routine & healthy eating plan doesn’t mean you have to abandon it completely.
1. Work out twice a week
Research shows that just two weekly workouts are enough to maintain most of the fitness you already have, which is going to make returning to your normal routine post holiday a lot less painful than it otherwise would be.
2. Get active on the beach
If you don’t fancy the hotel gym or indeed they don’t have one then get out and run on the sand – it’s a killer. Press ups, squats and planks are all great bodyweight exercises that leave you burning calories for hours afterwards.
3. Prevent the guilt
Exercise & you’ll burn off a few extra calories. Depending on what you do and for how long, this may only amount to a couple of hundred calories. Compare this to the calorie excess you might eat and it’s not much, but it’s still better than doing nothing.
4. You won’t eat as much
A bit of physical activity on whilst on holiday will help you resist the temptation to continually snack or over indulge. Even if you simply head out for a brisk walk after breakfast, you’ll find it easier to apply a bit of self-control.
5. Protect your hard work
Just a week of overeating and no exercise can lead to a decline in blood sugar control. It can also have a negative effect on the genes responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism
You can enjoy yourself whilst on holiday without letting it all come crashing down.
See you soon
“Exercise can completely cancel out many of the changes induced by overfeeding and reduced activity”