My 4 fit tips for your summer holiday

The summer series articles are well underway and I hope a lot of the tips and articles over the last few weeks have given you some fit and healthy ideas.In this article,I will list out my top tips to a consider for people away on their summer holidays.A lot of the time before a lot of my clients go away on holiday they ask me what things they should do to compliment their fitness regime.My answer generally is always the same.The priority should be to enjoy your holiday with good food and drink, taking time to switch off, getting some sun by the pool and mostly spending quality time with family and friends.Your 1 or 2 week holiday away this summer doesn’t have to be a time planning your daily gym workout,prepping your food for the week ahead or even counting your macros.Here are my top tips for the fitness readers going away this summer.

Take the break,enjoy the break

The first point is this-Take the break.Your on holiday so switch off and relax.If you have been consistent with your training and nutrition the last while then your not going to set yourself back too much by letting loose a little on your holiday.A break is good and now is certainly the time you should go and enjoy yourself.Have those beers,eat that ice cream and even do it again the next day too!I have mentioned the 80/20 approach when it comes to your nutrition end of things.Now is the time you can certainly enjoy that 20% end and no big deal if you start to push a little further than that figure.

Get outside

I have already talked about the importance of getting your daily dose of vitamin D.If you do find yourself foreign afield this summer with a little bit of sunshine on offer then get out and soak it up.Over the last few weeks in Ireland we have been getting a nice amount of sun but sadly we just don’t get enough throughout the year.It is important to get out and get our dose of Vitamin D whenever we can.It is good for overall health,strong and healthy bones along with it being an important factor in making sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your body can fight infection. Not only is getting outside in the sunshine good for boosting our Vitamin D levels but overall it’s great for clearing the head and can only encourage us to keep working on our mental fitness.

“Slow down to speed back up again”

This is a quote I use a lot in my articles.Your holiday away should be a time to recharge the batteries,relax and enjoy yourself.I like to do a lot of Yoga,stretching and meditation and is something I would encourage a lot of my clients to try while away on holiday.In general I would recommend at least one yoga session a week. Slow down, breathe, stretch and meditate.A meditation app I have used in the past is called Headspace. All you need is 10 minutes a day for 10 days. You can get a free 10-day trial with this link.

Easy light activity

Like I said above when you are away on holidays you don’t need to plan your gym workouts nor do you need to find yourself in the hotel gym.My advice would be to get outside and walk,jog,bike or swim.If you find yourself planning a workout outside stick to the basics movements like air squats,push ups and pull ups.Keep it simple and the main tip here for you should be to keep it easy and light intensity.If you are on the road a lot and are looking for some good workout ideas and easy fitness tools to bring with you while away then you should read that article I put together last summer.

David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Or you can send him a direct message here.

You can also see some of his previous articles here.

 

 

 

 

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