How to keep in shape on holidays

Summer is only 1 month away…. This means lots of healthy options and exercise to get our body ready for an active Summer holiday.
I know I am already planning a summer holiday or two but how do we make healthy choices and maintain our health while on holidays? … Cole Millen tell us how..

Cole Millen is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life’s best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate “experiences.” Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.

You have worked very hard to get yourself in the best condition for your holiday, so the last thing you want to do is regress during your time away from home. It can be difficult to eat healthy while you are travelling around, but there are some things that you can do to avoid putting the kilograms back on and stay full as well.

When you are flying to your destination, you should pack some healthy snacks to take with you. These snacks will help you to avoid eating the fatty foods that are found in most airports. The good news is that many airports now offer better food options, so seek out some eateries that offer nutritious dining, even if it means a healthy fruit salad and yoghurt over the fried chicken and chips.

(If you are driving to your destination, pack some healthy road trip friendly snacks).

While at the airport, you should stay as active as possible. Walk around and see what there is to see while you are waiting around. Remember to stay as active as possible during your down time as you’ll be spending quite a while sitting down during your flight.

You will probably spend some time at a hotel while away… which actually makes it easier to stay healthy. Many hotels have a gymnasium or a pool, so why not get up that bit earlier than everyone else and get moving before the day starts! You will likely have access to a mini-fridge, so you can buy and store yogurts, low-fat milk and other good foods to eat at the hotel. Most hotels offer many healthy choices for all meals of the day; so simply eat the foods that are low in empty kilojoules and high in taste. Fruits, vegetables and wholegrain breads are a great choice to make. A protein punch such as eggs or lean meats will keep you fuller for longer.

The best way to stay healthy is by doing a little research before you leave. You should take the time to do some Internet searches to find out more about the food options at the hotel before you decide to stay there. You can also call the hotel to discuss this information. While you are talking to the hotel staff, you can ask which restaurants are available within walking distance.
Gogobot and other websites and apps are great for reading online reviews about restaurants nearby to where you are staying. Check this out, as well as the restaurant’s menu, before you decide anything. This little bit of preparation can really help you to stay at a healthy hotel and area.

When eating out and are ordering your meal, choose foods that are baked or grilled. Also choose meals that are loaded up with vegetables or salad! Anything that is fried will add too much saturated fat to your meal.

If you do not think that you will get totally full at the restaurant by eating healthy, you could always eat an apple or piece of fruit to help you avoid eating unhealthy appetizers beforehand. A full glass of water before a meal is another great way to reduce the amount of food you eat.

Avoid the holiday weight gain by being smart. You can still stay healthy and enjoy the food you eat while on vacation.


Thanks so much Cole for a great read on how to stay healthy while on holidays. With the weather warming up now we are all planning our summer trips and working super hard to be in top shape for them. But always remember that when we are on holidays we need to enjoy ourselves. While it is wise to make the healthiest choices you can as much as possible, a good balance of nutritious foods and lots of physical activity, along with the odd treat or two will help you to truly enjoy your time off.

Happy holiday planning everyone 🙂

– Jenna


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