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How to Stay (Hip and) Healthy on Holiday

posted on Monday, 20th August 2012 | find under Tamara



Guest blog by Sadie Macleod, Editor of Hip and Healthy

When on holiday it is very tempting to throw caution to the wind and indulge in everything going - this is your well-deserved break after all. But do you want to arrive home looking and feeling even worse than when you got there? Probably not. And although a tan will hide all manor of sins, it will soon fade and then what. Why not return feeling rested, relaxed and vibrant? Full of health and vitality? Here are some simple easy-to-implement ways you can stay healthy whilst also indulging in a little of what you fancy...

Despite what you may think, holiday is the perfect time to exercise. You don’t need to set aside much time but my advice would be to do it in the morning and get it over and done with. If running is your thing, make sure you put your running clothes on before anything else and you will find that half the battle is just getting yourself out the door - just think how great you will feel once you have done it. Or why not take full advantage of the pool and get 30 lengths in before breakfast. This does not need to be done every day but if you can manage it 3/4 times over the week you will feel amazing!

Now, I know I have just harped on about exercise but rest is just as important. Get as much sleep as you can and wake up naturally - don’t set an alarm. Leave the curtains open and the light will wake you up if you want to wake up early. Also, spend some time enjoying doing nothing - then you will feel truly rested when you get back. If you’re into it, also try some meditation to relax the mind. Find a quiet space and concentrate on your breathing and try and shut out all other thoughts - really try not to think about the work you have to do when you get back. This is your time to chill and you have earned it.

Holidays present the perfect chance to eat healthily. If you’re by the sea take advantage of the fresh fish on offer. Landlocked? Then visit local markets to grab fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are in a villa it is much easier to eat healthily because you are in charge of what goes into your meals and you can stock up on fruit and nuts for snacks. However, when staying in a hotel, it is a lot trickier to order healthy food but, of course, not impossible. Choose the catch of the day and ask for it in oil rather than butter, have fresh salads for lunch, there is normally always Salad Nicoise on the menu and this makes the perfect balance meal - tuna, potatoes and lots of leafy greens.

Less stress, fresh food, resting and of course a good dose of vitamin D will see that your skin improves over your holiday. There really is nothing like the sun to give you a healthy glow. Having said that we do also have to be very cautious and treat the sun’s strength with respect. Always wear suncream. Know your skin’s limitations and don’t push it - there is nothing more annoying than having to spend the rest of the holiday indoors because you took it to far on the first day.

For more tips like this visit online magazine www.hipandhealthy.co.uk

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