On the weekend or on holidays you just want to relax right? And eat all the food, have some bevvies and enjoy life. But you want to stay on track with your health goals? Falling off the wagon is usually something you want to avoid because climbing back on after holidays and a 4 month guilt-trip isn’t fun.
I’m all for loosening up on holidays and urge everyone to relax and enjoy all the delicious food. On holidays, I make sure that I stay at least partially active, to combat some of the extra calories and also keep my fitness up. That way it isn’t so hard to jump straight back into routine once I'm back to reality.
Here’s a list of things you can do on the weekend or on holidays to help:
Play basketball or tennis down on the esplanade
Jump into a pick-up game of soccer, volleyball, frisbee on the beach
Go rollerblading or go on a scenic bike ride
Take a surf, stand up paddleboard, kayaking, ski, self defence or martial arts class or lesson
Rock climbing (indoor or the one with actual rocks outside)
Play croquet, bocce, backyard cricket, baseball or lawn bowls
Walk as much as you can, or go on a hike
Take the kids to the park and play games with them
Golf or mini golf
Take the crew bowling, to a corn maze, paint ball or laser tag
Yoga, tai chi or pilates
Go swimming - at the beach, in the pool or move around in between your trips to the swim up bar
If you want an indoor activity, try arcade games, Twister or Wii
There are literally dozens of ideas, depending on where you go, who you’re with etc. Even if you’re just having a weekend at home, you can do your cleaning with the music blaring, garden while chatting on the phone or listening to a podcast. Double-duty exercise is the best because you’re saving time by doing two things on your to-do list at once. Plus, by pairing exercise with something you enjoy like listening to comedy or watching a show, time will fly by and your brain will start to see exercise as a pleasure, rather than a pain.
If it’s too late and you’ve recently had a blowout, this blog post might help.
Comment below, where’s your next holiday to? How will you stay active during your time off?
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