10 ways to keep fit on holiday

Keeping fit and looking fantastic while on a weekend away or a long vacation is simple if you take your gym with you. Believe it or not you don’t exercise equipment to have a great workout!

1. Be creative

Think outside the box of your normal exercise routine. Try to remember exercises, stretches and routines that you do each week in a class or with your trainer and do these on your own. Learn from your current routine at home so you can take it away and mix and match while you are travelling.

2. Pack light

For a weekend away, pack your running shoes and an outfit or two, depending on the location. Going for longer maybe add in a matt, trx straps and some small free weights. Hire equipment, like a surfboard, bike or stand-up paddle board. You’ll be working out and having fun at the same time!

3. Discover the area on foot or by bike

Swap heels for trainers and see the sites. Even if you’re on a shopping weekend, you can get up a bit earlier or take time during the afternoon to walk the city. Explore the shops before they open to know your way around. The best way to get a feel for the place you are staying is to discover it on foot or by bicycle.

4. Try different core workouts

Mix up what you do depending on your holiday schedule. Try doing an express workout one day if limited for time or going longer on other days.

For example

1) Express Session: Power walk or jog followed by a superset of 25 crunches, 25 press ups, 25 tricep dips , 25 prisoner squats, 25 walking lunges

2) Island Fit Express Session: beach run or skip, ocean swim, stretch, water sports activities for the day then a core sessions and a stretch to finish off.

3) Skiing this season. Add some leg strengthening and core work and stretching.
1 min planks (front/side positions), Wall sits, 20 squat jumps, 20 alternate lunge

5. Pack suspension straps

You can get these at fairly low cost off ebay, personally l would buy from TRX brand ideally. They are great as they work the whole body in one workout. You can suspend them off a stable window or door frame or even use in a fixed position outdoors. They normally come with their own storage bag so are very easy to pack away.

6. Skip your way fit

Lightweight and super easy to pack, a skipping rope will roll up and fit in your shoe.. Skip as a warm-up and cool-down at different tempos, then add your core work and body weight exercises in between. You’ll be surprised how effective skipping is for your fitness.

7. Use nature as your gym

Embrace the surroundings. If you are on an island or beach holiday, head to the water for your workouts. In the countryside or even in a city that has amazing parks, head out and explore by hiking, running, walking, biking or even look at horse riding as something different.

8. Use the gym or hotel pool

Research where you are staying and what facilities they have on site. Pack your swim goggles and squeeze in a few laps between meals and other activities. Swimming is great if you’re carrying an injury and unable to weight bare for example.

9. If you are a gym bunny

Look at getting a multiple pass for a local gym which offer classes – it’s a great way people and maintain the motivation with trying new workouts. . Do your research, ask people who may live in the area for any recomendations.

10. Save workouts

All articles that feature body weight exercises and sample workouts you can try. Download a Health & Fitness magazine on your tablet and try one out so your session is structured. You could also load exercise videos or take a pic of the exercises on your phone.

Finally enjoy the holiday, listen to your body and try and fit some exercise sessions into your schedule. By doing this you won’t come back feeling lethargic, gained weight and demotivated from getting back into your normal exercise routine.

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