For me, holidays have always been a time for relaxation, lots of food and even more booze but on my most recent vacation I thought I’d try something different. I attempted a ‘healthy holiday’. Last week I visited one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris. I had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Parisian culture. However, there was always fitness at the back of my mind and the question of how could I maintain my fitness journey whilst making the most of my holiday.
Food – it’s always been my best friend and worst enemy and on holiday I’m especially bad for pigging out and indulging myself in all sorts of high fat, high sugar foods which simply taste amazing. Not this time! I ate out almost every meal whilst I was away but I tried to restrain myself from my normal choices and instead opted for healthier alternatives. For example, instead of chips I would have a side salad or sweet potato chips with my steak or burger. Instead of high calorie full fat soft drinks I chose to have diet juices or simply water. I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything and I did allow myself the occasional treat such as a Nutella crepe or a pain au chocolate.
Alcohol was another factor which I had to take into consideration. I knew I couldn’t binge on high calorie beer or wine and I didn’t want to miss out on the nights out and the social aspects of my holiday. I decided to drink vodka with soda water and lime. It’s the lowest calorie alcohol I could think of and it’s available in almost any bar. Of course you don’t need to drink any alcohol which is the ultimate healthy choice but if you do drink then always drink responsibly.
I didn’t have a gym available in my hotel and it was expensive to get a day pass at the nearest local gym so I decided to do some HIIT exercises in my hotel room. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and it’s easy to do anywhere, anytime and its super effective. I’ve been using Joe Wicks, The Body Coach to learn from and if you’re a beginner here’s a link to one of his videos.
You can perform HIIT in 20 minutes and you’ll really feel it working. It’s great for when you’re on holiday or can’t get to the gym and it’s a full body workout.
Overall, I had a great holiday and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was really glad I still maintained the majority of my fitness journey but allowed room for holiday treats as well. The most important part of any fitness programme is that you enjoy it and so far I’m enjoying mine.