Holidays are made for relaxation and indulgence. This makes them a prime opportunity to break a little - or a lot - of healthy habits. Obviously you don’t have to stick to your home routine; that would be counterintuitive. But there is a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you’re on holiday without sacrificing relaxation or happiness. You just have to travel smart.
Cook when possible
Technically, you’ll still be trying the local cuisine and you’ll also be saving money. Of course you should splurge on a few restaurant meals - you are on holiday after all! If you’re staying at a hotel or airbnb at least get a few groceries so you can have breakfast in. This will also make your morning more relaxing - breakfast in bed anyone? If you’re not opposed to a little extra prep work you could also make yourself to-go sandwiches or wraps for lunch. Also try and have dinner in once or twice during your holiday.
Eat smart when eating out
It’s natural to want to try the local cuisine, and also an important part of the holiday experience. It’s ok to try fatty or fried local dishes once, but try not to make too much of a habit of it. In any given cuisine there are also bound to be plenty of healthy options too. Try as many local salads and vegetable dishes as you can.
Walk/move as much as you can
Let’s be honest, who really uses the hotel gym? You’re in a new place that’s full of places to explore, so it’s perfectly reasonable to not want to waste any time on a treadmill. Being a tourist is actually a pretty decent form of exercise when you’re walking for miles on end. If you’re in a city, try to avoid taking public transport or taxis/ubers and walk to all of your desired destinations. If you’re staying a bit further away from the city and need to take transport in, that’s fine. Just try and add plenty of walking in between. If you’re staying in an all-inclusive it’s extremely easy to just lounge all day, so try and do some laps in the pool or go on a few active excursions. A lot of resorts are starting to include sports and healthy activities like yoga, so definitely see what’s on offer.
Pack a water bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re travelling somewhere hot. Fill up your bottle at the beginning of the day and don’t forget to take hydration stops.
Holidays are for full body relaxation, and that includes the mind. Relax, unwind, and forget about any worries you might have had back home.