Five ways to keep fit on holiday

If you’ve spent months getting in shape for your summer holiday, there’s no reason to give up your routine the minute you step off the plane. In fact, working out in the sunshine can be a lot of fun. Here are a few ideas for keeping fit while you’re away:

1 – Work out in the water

Whether you are near a pool or the sea, working out in water can be challenging. Start by treading water to raise your heart rate. To work your arms, raise them to shoulder height and circle them back and forth while keeping your shoulders out of the water. Challenge your legs through bicycles or squat jumps if you are in shallow water. If you are up early, squeeze in a few lengths to kickstart your metabolism for the rest of the day.

2 – Give sand training a go

If you’ve ever taken a stroll along a sandy beach you’ll know it’s a lot harder than walking on a road (and probably much more relaxing). Try to take a fast-paced walk or run along the beach once or twice a day to work and tone your legs, while burning a few extra calories. If you’re feeling energetic, why not add in some short sprints or shuttle runs to really get a sweat on.

3 – HIIT it up in your hotel room

If you can’t face exercising in the heat, why not work out in an air-conditioned room. Body weight exercises can be performed anywhere, and don’t require equipment. Complete 3-5 circuits of squats, lunges, press-ups, mountain climbers and burpees, before finishing off with a plank. Perform each exercise for 40 seconds with a 20 second rest in-between.

4 – Walk the sights

One of the easiest ways to keep fit on holiday is to walk and explore. Whether this is a day walking the sights of a city, or an early morning hike along the beach, there are always places to visit on foot. If you enjoy eating out, try to pick restaurants that are easy to walk to or that allow you to take a post-dinner stroll.  

5 – Sign up to activities

Motivating yourself to work out on holiday can be a challenge (how many of us have packed our gym kit only to return home having not worn it?), but there are often activities on offer that burn calories without feeling like it’s a workout. Snorkelling and paddle boarding are great for the core, while cycling or hiking will strengthen and tone your legs. If you are feeling more extreme try windsurfing, kitesurfing or climbing.

Whatever way you decide to keep fit on holiday, you’ll feel much better for it when you return. Most of us like to eat out and treat ourselves to the odd cocktail or ice cream while we’re away. If you’ve snuck in a HIIT session or run along the beach in the morning, you’ll still be able to enjoy it guilt free!