There are two types of people in this world: people who exercise on holiday, and people who don’t.
Personally? I used to be a bit of an exercise-holiday-naysayer. But then I wrote a post about it, and many came on to defend their holiday exercise habits, pointing out that yes – holidays are for relaxing – but incorporating a bit of exercise in there will make you feel even better (endorphins, and all that).
They certainly had a point. Just because you’ve moved yourself to a different location doesn’t mean you get an automatic license to not move from your deck chair for 10 days straight – especially when there are sights to be seen and activities to be enjoyed.
Also, holidays are a time to indulge in food you wouldn’t normally eat every day, and cocktails you definitely wouldn’t drink every day. Exercising while you’re away will mean that you don’t return from your holiday feeling, for lack of a better word, completely bleurgh, and do something crazy like adopt a juice cleanse diet. (Poorest. Choice. Ever.)
So if you’re keen, but not quite sure where to start? Here’s how to exercise on holiday…
1. When in Rome
Wherever you are, take advantage of what activities are on offer – regardless of what they are. It’s even better if it’s something you haven’t tried before, as it means that it’ll work different muscle groups to what you usually work during your usual workouts. Many summer sports are particularly good in that they will work all muscles, and they generally have the benefit of being low-impact. (Unless it’s bungee-jumping. Ain’t nothing low-impact about that.)
Stand-up paddle boarding is the latest sport to consume just about everyone that lives near some water, and it’s most likely available at a beach near you. Give it a go if you can; it is much harder than it looks and a surprisingly good leg workout, as you’re using your leg muscles to stay balanced on the board. Surfing is also incredible – even if you barely stand up, you’re still getting a seriously good workout.