Top Five Ways to Stay Healthy on Holiday

healthy holidayAlthough holidays are usually meant for relaxing and having fun, that doesn’t mean that you need to stray away from your diet or from your healthy lifestyle. For some tips on how to keep on track with your diet or your exercise plan, read below.

Make the Right Choices

Where you’re going on holiday will alter what food is available, but in all hotels and restaurants there will be vegetarian and low-carbohydrate options available. For example, if you’re in a buffet style restaurant, you don’t have to have fatty chips or roasted potatoes – instead, try grilled vegetables or a side of salad. Also, there is usually a choice of meats in most restaurants, so try to go for the option that is lowest in fat, such as chicken or lean grilled steak. If you are in a foreign country and you’re comfortable with the language, you could also ask the waiting staff if your food can be grilled rather than fried.

Go For Diet Drinks

You’ll probably be bombarded with cocktails, mocktails and fruity drinks everywhere you go on holiday, but unfortunately, they’re not the best choice for someone trying to stick to a diet or a certain way of life. Perhaps just have one fruit-based cocktail, and then follow that with spirits and diet mixers. Having numerous cocktails in one evening could increase your daily calorie intake by up to 1000 calories – just one cocktail followed by diet mixers and spirits saves you around 700 calories. You could also ask the bartenders if they could make the cocktails using different ingredients – for example, if a cocktail contains cream, you could ask them to substitute the cream for milk.

Swim!

Swimming is probably the best possible exercise that you can do, and being on your holidays gives you all of the excuse you need, especially if there is an outdoor pool. You could also go swimming in the sea if there isn’t a pool at your hotel. Try to go in the morning, as it’s less busy and less hot, and you’ll be able to kick-start your metabolism – meaning that anything you eat during the day will get burned off that little bit faster.

Get Enough Sleep

Holidays do tend to be about going out and having fun in the evenings – but by the end of the week, if you’re repeatedly only having four or five hours a night, you’ll be very sleep deprived and it will take a long time for you to recover from the holiday. If you know that you’ll be up until 4am every night, go for a hotel that serves breakfast until 12 so that you have chance to sleep and to eat. A lot of hotels only serve breakfast between 8am and 9am, which can make you feel as though you have to get up ready for breakfast, giving you only a few hours of sleep. Aim to get at least 7 hours sleep a night and if you don’t, try and catch up during the day – that way you won’t feel sleep deprived after the holiday and you’ll be refreshed ready for the next day’s antics.

Keep Hydrated

You need to make sure that you keep yourself hydrated during the holidays, especially if you’re in a hot country. Because you are usually up and about and doing more during the day than you do at home, you need to keep hydrated to keep your energy levels up. You also sweat more in hot weather as your body attempts to cool you down, so you need to keep drinking water in order to replace that lost fluid. If you’re not a fan of water, drink diet drinks or have a glass of fruity crushed ice instead.