I am writing this from Tuscany, Italy where on my fourth day of enjoying the Italy countryside for the second time, I have discovered that it is completely possible to remain fit or improve your fitness while on holiday. This is a matter of mindset and the meaning we give to words we use to describe the way we use our time.
I remember visiting a cottage frequently 10-15 years ago and I could see and feel unbridled overeating happening as soon as I uttered the word cottage to myself. Somehow, the word cottage itself and getting there became a licence to indulge in food all day and all night.
Vacation and holiday often give people the mindset of indulgence, which is understandable. However, it is entirely possible to use your holiday time to take care of yourself and build on healthy habits that we frequently ‘do not have time for’ during our regular, everyday lives. Consider that while on holiday, we actually have all day to do whatever we wish to do…
Here are 3 things I would highly recommend to add onto your daily list of holiday activities:
Exercise-or just get outdoors, be it a walk, swim, bike ride, hike, run, climb, an exercise class, practicing yoga, dance, or anything related to movement that catches your interest.
Enjoy food, eat green vegetables, and expose yourself to new culinary experiences.
Be accountable to yourself for your intake of alcoholic beverages and sweets. By all means enjoy yourself, just know how much you are having.
And here I am living the Making Life Good holiday mindset with pool press ups and dips:
pressing yourself up onto the pool deck requires some upper body and core strength
Dips in and out of the pool can be a serious upper body strength exercise