You’re ready to go: bags are packed, kids are in the car and it’s excitement plus. That diet you’ve been following for weeks has given you a little boost in confidence, so the new swimmers are coming along for the trip too. Its time to relax, unwind and enjoy life.

This pretty much sums up that pre-holiday feeling, am I right?

And yet, for most of us, when we return home the feeling is of overindulgence. And – if we’re honest – there can be a little bit of regret about all the things we ate and drank now that the fun is over.

The truth is, it is possible to enjoy your holiday and not have a complete blowout. All it takes is a little pre-planning and mindfulness, and those new swimmers will still fit even after you return home!

Here are 7 simple ways to stay healthy on your holiday:

  1. Make a plan – while you’re making plans for what tours and sights you want to see, make a plan for health. Set out what nights you will eat out, and what nights you might enjoy a healthy meal you prepare yourself.
  2. Pack your own snacks – this is very handy, especially if there are kids travelling with you! Long drives can often mean less than ideal food choices (why does a McDonalds always magically appear right when you’re really hungry?!), so to save money and stay healthy, prepare some travel snacks to enjoy in transit.
  3. Go shopping – soon after you arrive on holidays, why not go for a walk and check out what your temporary home has to offer? Use this opportunity to grab some groceries – fruit and veggies are great to have on hand for snacks in your room.
  4. Carry water – it’s always a good idea to carry water on your travels. Not only will you know the water is safe to drink, you will always be able to keep yourself hydrated on hot days. Plus, water helps your digestion and keeps your bodily functions on track (so you can avoid that Bali Belly!)
  5. Choose your indulgences – decide before you leave home what you will indulge in. If you love wine, allow yourself some every other day. Order that amazing dessert you’d never get at home, or that glass of French bubbles in the restaurant. If you’re going to consume calories, make it worthwhile! (Just don’t do it all day, every day).
  6. Be kind to yourself – every meal, every day is a new opportunity to start fresh. So if you did overindulge, don’t beat yourself up about it by focusing on feeling guilty for what you ate or didn’t do. Instead focus on moving forward, and the next thing you eat being nutritious and fuelling your body for your next active activity. Swim anyone?
  7. Have fun – there is no better way to familiarise yourself with a new area than to explore. So plan to do some active activities! Go for a walk or bike ride, a surf or swim. And if the weather turns nasty that’s ok, there are plenty of exercise apps you can download – even some that are designed specifically for hotel rooms. Chat to me before you go and I can help you plan some simple and effective exercises, that won’t take all day to do!

So now you know how to stay healthy while on holidays (see, it’s not as hard as you think!), now all you need to do is start booking your next trip!

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By: Tracey from Inside Out Fitness