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Exercising on holiday – yes or no?

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Loads of people are away at the moment, or about to go away for the bank holiday so I thought I'd write about exercising on holiday. Are you the type who wants to carry on with your fitness while you’re away or would you rather just lie by the pool and do nothing? We often over-indulge in food and drink on holiday so exercising while you’re away means that you don’t come home feeling unhealthy and ‘back to square one’ when you set foot in your Zumba/Clubbercise/Pilates/BodyBlitz class! If you feel like you should have a holiday exercise habit – after all a bit of exercise will make you feel even better – here are my tips for incorporating fitness into your precious time off.
1. Find out what’s on offer

Take advantage of the activities available locally and try something new. Many summer sports are low impact and work different muscle groups. Look out for:

  • Stand-up paddle boarding

  • Surfing

  • Swimming (of course!)

  • Snorkelling

  • Sailing

  • Kayaking

  • Running (a great way to get to know the area)

  • Sightseeing (walk everywhere and take plenty of water)

  • Tennis

2. Pack the right kit

If you’d prefer to work out in the privacy of your hotel room, make sure you’ve got everything you need in your travel exercise kit bag. Or take a laptop or tablet to access the huge number of workouts online (why not try a Gemma Pearce Fitness workout?!)

3. Visit the hotel gym

Even if you feel like you should be getting out and about experiencing the sights and sounds of your holiday destination, even 20 minutes on the treadmill or cross-trainer will make a difference to how you feel. Cool off afterwards with a dip in the hotel pool, feeling smug and virtuous! Or you could always book one of those mega-active sporty holidays, but personally I prefer to have the best of both worlds – a quick workout first thing in the morning followed by a lazy day around the pool with a cocktail or two! Visit my online workouts page to find out more about workouts you can take away with you.

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