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How to Stay Healthy While on Holiday

Hello! My Tribe,

Holidays bring with them an exciting change of routine. They’re a chance to live differently.
You’ll leave behind your responsibilities and commitments, instead, you’re free to do what you want when you want.

Some people enjoy unbridled overindulgence for a week or two, but other people want to maintain their health or even find a way to improve it. If you’re the type of person that wants to enjoy rest, relaxation and fun without undoing all of your hard work, here are four tips that will help you to stay healthy on holiday:

– Enjoy a morning or evening jog

You might not be able to visit the gym every day whilst you’re on holiday, but that doesn’t mean that you’re away from all exercise opportunities. It costs nothing to go out for a run or a jog and can take as little as 15 minutes out of your day.

The beautiful thing about jogging on holiday is that your surroundings are new. You can enjoy all-new scenery, coming across different types of wildlife, and you’ll connect with the locals as well. As you jog, lookout for great places to visit that you might not otherwise have noticed.

You can even find running routes that have been recorded by other people, to take advantage of local knowledge of the safest and most picturesque spots.

– Pay attention to your diet

Eating well can be difficult at home when you lack inspiration or don’t have time to cook. On holiday, you have a wealth of restaurant and dining choices that you simply can’t get elsewhere. Check menus carefully, looking for delicious and nutritious foods that use fresh locally-sourced ingredients.

If you’re in self-catering accommodation, make cooking into an enjoyable activity and spend a little extra time on it- after all, you don’t have work or the school run getting in your way.

– Think about existing conditions

Your existing medical conditions won’t just disappear because you’ve flown on a plane. In fact, it’s especially important to keep them in mind whilst you’re travelling. Don’t push your body too hard simply because you’re on holiday, but don’t give up on your usual healthcare routines either.

Make sure that you have good travel insurance in place. This may include access to a 24/7 emergency helpline just in case you need it.

Even if you don’t have any existing conditions, remember that we can all get ill or be injured at any time. Don’t be complacent, assuming that it won’t happen to you. When you travel, check the details of emergency healthcare services and the location of local pharmacies.

Stay healthy by making sure that you know who to contact, for peace of mind and a quick recovery.

– Enjoy the pool

Most holiday properties come with access to a swimming pool. Swimming is an activity that’s both fun and healthy, and can even be enjoyed as a family. It’s great to top up your tan on the sun lounger, but remember to take a dip in the pool now and again.
At regular intervals, do a few lengths to get your heart working a little bit harder. Swimming will help you to cool off and avoid hours spent completely sedentary. It can also burn upwards of 500 calories an hour.

Staying healthy on holiday can be even more fun than looking after your health at home. It’s easy to find activities that are quick, easy and good for you, as well as delicious food that you don’t usually have the chance to enjoy. Embrace a healthy holiday, and return home guilt-free at the end.

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