For a variety of reasons, people are trying to either get fit and eat a healthier diet, or maintain an established healthy lifestyle. However, all the best of intentions can be thwarted by the annual holiday, which is an equally important part of a healthy, well-balanced life; indeed, it is often on holiday, where access to fitness facilities is included in the holiday package, that individuals take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.
Coping with holiday food
When you have booked your holiday, spend a little time learning about the cuisine of the area rather than choosing fried food and chips. Where possible make sure that you have the requisite five fruit and vegetables every day. When selecting from the menu, avoid the rich creamy options and choose a clear vegetable soup, salad and vegetable or tomato sauces on pasta dishes. Lean chicken, vegetables or seafood topping on pizzas are better than the salty, high-fat meats which are frequently used. Avoiding the optional extra cheese is also a good idea and you should steer clear of any food that incorporates cheese in large amounts.
Greek moussaka is high in calories and taramasalata has a high fat content, so these should be avoided along with all fried meat dishes; where possible select grilled steak or chops rather than avoiding them completely. Pies are also best avoided. Fresh fruit or fruit in low fat yoghurt are much healthier dessert options than pastries that are full of sugar and have a high fat content, however tempting they may be.
Alternatively, if you feel that trying different dishes and indulging yourself is part of the attraction of a holiday, allow yourself some indulgent meals during your time away and balance them with a simple breakfast and dinner. If you are going to do this these meals are best eaten at lunchtime so you are not going to bed after having had more rich food than you would normally have.
Many modern hotels and resorts offer gym facilities and the services of an instructor for guests during their stay. Some people prefer to opt for fitness holidays abroad from electric bloom for their annual break, but this is not everyone's cup of tea. For those people who have never been to a gym, using the inclusive facilities can be a good way of testing the water or getting to know what type of exercises are appropriate for the level of fitness being aimed for as each individual has different requirements.
Going to a new location on holiday provides a good opportunity to explore and take photographs to take back home with you and make your friends envious. Walking is the perfect antidote to indulging in those edible temptations. It is also perhaps one of the few times when you actually have the time to walk in wonderful surroundings without having to worry about work, appointments or meetings. Making an effort to go out for half an hour to an hour everyday while on holiday may make it easier to continue the habit when you are back at home.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not mean that a holiday should not be relaxing and enjoyable; after all, it is a time to rest and explore new adventures. Developing healthy eating habits and a sensible exercise regime can ultimately help with this in the long term.