6 HEALTH AND FITNESS HACKS
TO STAY IN SHAPE ON HOLIDAY
Holidays are all about indulgence, whether it's the delicious food, relaxing on the beach or that third poolside Pina Colada you're most looking forward to - it's only right that you treat yourself. While staying on track during your travels can be challenging (re-visiting the all inclusive buffet more than once per-sitting is perfectly resonable) your health and fitness needn't take a back seat - so don't go waving your waistline goodbye just yet. In celebration of International Yoga Day, we've highlighted some top tips to help you stay in shape this summer - it's easier than you think!
FIND A YOGA RETREAT
Whether you want to perfect your downward dog, or spend supple sunrise sessions on the sand, our yoga retreats are sure to turn up the zen. Nothing quite says paradise than the forever popular, far flung resorts of Goa or Thailand - and what better way to soak up the wellness scene than with swaying palms and healthy beachfront brunches, right? Little Cove Yoga Retreat and Bamboo Yoga Retreat are two of the most popular places for a yoga vacay in south Goa, with world-renowned teachers hosting classes on the sand, organic Indian meals to indulge in, and cookery courses to discover - plus separate spa areas with massage therapies to soothe any post-class niggles. In Thailand, the breathtaking islands of Koh Phangnan, Koh Tao, Koh Lanta and Chang Mai host a variety of places to practice in, with the famous Agama Yoga and The Sanctuary headquarters in Phangnan being a hot spot for wellness workshops, spiritual refinement and yoga teacher training courses.
If you want to keep it closer to home, Ibiza's yoga scene is hotter than a morning of Bikram - and a perfect way to unwind after a lively night of bars and booze. From hippies to healers, you'll find a plethora of retreats available in this vibrant resort, one of the best being the affordable YogaFit. Fly and flop, this yoga holiday is not - we're talking sweaty beach circuits, booty poppin' to Bhangracise dance fitness and calming bedtime meditation, to name a few of the 100 classes available across the retreats.
LIGHT-WEIGHT ITEMS FIT FOR YOUR LUGGAGE
Unless you're visiting one of our luxurious 5-star retreats such Blue Bay Resort & Spa, it's unlikely that you'll be hitting the treadmill during your stay, am I right? If you want to stay active on holiday, there are plenty of ways to squeeze in a quick 10-minute workout, without sacrificing key sunbathing time. Save a little space in your suitcase for a few light-weight items that are great for fitness on-the-go, such as resistance bands, balance discs and plyo loops - don't forget your yoga mat for a quick session amid gorgeous scenery too! Throw in wet wipes and hand sanitizers for when water and soap are not available and you're ready to rock.
WALK EVERYWHERE YOU CAN
Forget the local tram and reach for your trainers instead, as the best way to stay fit (and explore the destination) is by walking. From the fabulous canals of Amsterdam to the gorgeous expanse of sands in Majorca, there's no better way to soak up the views, scents and surprises of new exotic places than on foot. We're not just talking hardcore hiking trails either, walking around the local boutiques and markets is a great way to up your steps, while bagging a fab souvenir too!
BE CLEVER WITH YOUR COCKTAILS
There's no such thing as school nights on holiday, meaning it's easy to have one Mojito too many without thinking about the consequences in terms of calories. Being smart with your alcohol choices will help you cut back on those empty carbs, so it's out with the fruity tropical cocktails (one or two won't hurt) and in with low calorie spirits, sodas and dry wines. A glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay has approximately 120 calories, while red wine can have 140-160, or if you prefer shots, Tequila, Vodka or Whiskey will be your best bet. For beer drinkers, wheat beer is a healthier option.
KEEP HEALTHY, HIGH PROTEIN SNACK OPTIONS HANDY
Whether you're fuelling up before heading on a sightseeing tour or pausing for a midday snack by the seafront, healthy treats that are both filling, and taste fantastic, are a great option when hunger strikes. There are plenty of protein-rich snacks you can fill your beach bag with when you're trying to beat temptation, with bite-size bars such as Quest and Syntha, high in healthy-fat snacks including Almonds and Pistachios, banana chips, 70% dark chocolate and more - not to mention all of the tropical fruits on offer! In the evening, settle for fresh seafood dishes and rainbow-coloured salads for a deliciously balanced meal.
MAKE EXERCISE A FUN ACTIVITY
Who says exercise needs to be boring? You may not even realise it, but some of the best exercise you'll do is during your summer holiday, with exhilarating watersports, beach volleyball, hiking excursions, swimming and horseback riding along the beach all contributing to your calorie crunching - who knew, right?! Whether you're diving in Malta, exploring the rolling dunes in the Canary Islands or flamenco dancing in buzzing Barcelona, staying active is easier (and a lot more entertaining) than you think!
DON'T RESTRICT YOURSELF
Part of maintaining a successful, healthy lifestyle is ensuring that you are realistic. Wherever you travel you'll be met with temptation, be it deliciously deep-fried churros in Mexico, award-winning cocktails in Dubai or starting your day with a selection of gorgeous pastries in France - indulging is to be expected. Don't punish yourself, simply pick one meal a day whereby you can order whatever you want off the menu, while making reletively healthy choices the remainder of the time. Another trick is to follow what the Japanese do - Hara Hachi Bu is a concept whereby you eat up to 80% of your appetite to avoid overeating, whether you choose to have smaller portions throughout the day and save that all-important stomach space for dinner.