How to be healthy on holidays

September 14, 2009

No need to come home from holiday a heffa, here are some easy ways to come back with more than a nice tan!

Whether you are traveling for business, for personal reasons, or are taking a vacation, you don’t have to abandon healthy eating habits and exercise. Here are some tips to help you avoid gaining weight wherever you might be.

Make the most of every opportunity to exercise

The temptation is great to just skip our workout while we are traveling, but the truth is most hotels have a workout facility where you can jump on a treadmill or elliptical machine for thirty minutes to burn calories.

Another option is to bring a workout DVD and play it from your laptop – you can do this before you start your day or in the evening when you have finished your activities. You can also do a combination of strength and toning exercises in your room, such as pushups, tricep dips (on a chair), lunges, wall sits, squats, and crunches. A jump rope isn’t too big to fit into your bag, either. Check the hotel’s website before you leave to see if there is a pool. If so, pack a swimsuit and some goggles, and swim laps while you are there.

Little things like taking the stairs to your room at the hotel instead of the elevator and walking to places instead of taking a taxi can help you work in some exercise away from home. Also, if you are stuck at an airport or just have a long delay , walk around the airport instead of sitting and waiting for your plane. Avoid the escalators and moving walkways because you can climb stairs and walk instead.

Tips for healthy eating

While traveling, you are at risk for consuming excessive calories from eating large portions at restaurants, so just remember the basic restaurant eating tips to prevent overeating: drink a glass of water before your meal, eat half of the portions you are served or split meals, eat slowly, order vegetables or salads as sides, avoid fried foods, avoid buffets, and split desserts. This should keep you from unintentionally gaining those few extra kilos.

Drinking water is a good idea for any time of the day. Not only does it keep you hydrated, water also keeps your stomach full and can help you avoid eating everything in sight when you are starving – which can be very easy to do.

Although it can be difficult when traveling, try to eat at normal meal times. Skipping breakfast and lunch usually leads to overeating at dinner. Taking healthy snacks along with you is a great way to give your body energy so that you are not famished at the end of the day. Snacks such as pretzels, dried fruit, granola bars, nuts, beef jerky, crackers, and energy bars are easy to pack in your bag.

If you eat at a fast food restaurant, look for the healthy menu items. Most fast food restaurants now have healthier foods that are not fried. The fried food might be tempting, but try to stick with the options that have fewer calories. Ask to see the nutrition facts for the menu items. Awareness of the calorie count on those french fries just might help you resist.

Don’t take a vacation from healthy habits

If you get to choose where to go on vacation, pick places where you can be active! Mountains can make exercising very enjoyable and inspire you to be active because you can hike, go for a walk or run, or ride a bike with gorgeous mountains to look at. Beaches are also a beautiful place to go for a long walk or run and can be quite relaxing. Remember, you don’t have to take a break from healthy eating habits and exercising when you are on vacation!

Article courtesy of Curves fitness clubs. There are 400 Curves Clubs in Australia. To find your closest location, call 1-300-curves (287837) or visit

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