As it’s that time of year, I’m sure many of you are working hard to prepare for your holidays. And doesn’t it always follow the same pattern? You work hard, eat well, train hard and feel great. Then 3 days in, it feels like you’re having a food baby! Firstly, rest assured that you really won’t be any fatter even after the most debauched 3 days of eating and drinking – the body simply doesn’t work like that. But it can feel like you’re bloated, lethargic and permanantly hungover. Not a fun way to spend your fortnight in the sun. So here’s six quick tips to make sure you don’t start day 4 of your holiday feeling like you’ve swallowed a bucket of cement.
1: Don’t restrict yourself. If you want a beer when you land, then have a beer. If you want a dessert after your meal then have one. It sounds daft, but I’ve heard so many stories of clients trying to ‘be good’ (one of my least favourite phrases by the way) for the first couple of days and then gorging themselves to the point of sickness by day 4 and feeling awful for it. On top of this, they often feel miserable and guilty too because they couldn’t ‘be good’. Rule no 1: Don’t fight it and you won’t crave it.
2: Stay active. Yes, you want to relax, recharge your batteries etc but that doesn’t mean you need to turn into a rock. The less you move, the more effort moving is. Do you really want to feel tired just walking to the beach? Take in the sights, enjoy the scenery. Personally, I’ve promised myself I’m going to start at least 3 days of our holiday going for a gentle run on the beach and swim in the sea because, let’s face it, I live in Tamworth so it’s not as if these opportunities come about frequently! You don’t have to do that if it’s not your thing of course, but some sort of activity daily will enrich your experience.
3: Keep a structure to your eating patterns. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Simple. Doing this will keep a check on the constant grazing that people tend to indulge in on holidays. That’s not to say you won’t have more but try to avoid the mentality of ‘if I skip breakfast I can have four ice creams instead.’
4: Don’t eat just because you can. I’ll admit I’m as guilty as hell on this one! Thinking ‘well I’m on holiday so I’m gonna make the most of it’ only to feel sick and unable to move an hour later. Remember point 1 and this one will be easier, as this kind of behaviour normally tends to exhibit itself if you’ve been trying to ‘be good’ early doors.
5: Don’t worry. Yes, you probably will put on weight and yes some of it will be bodyfat. But not massive amounts and rarely enough that anybody else will notice. Don’t stress about it, after a couple of weeks of normality your body will adjust to its pre-holiday self.
6: Feel better not worse. That’s what we go on holiday for, right? Some of these tips may sound kiljoy-ish but I promise you that pouring booze and bad food down your throat whilst lying on a beach for 12 hours a day (as much fun as it might sound!) will only make you feel worse, and by the end the post – holiday blues upon returning will be massively heightened. Enjoy yourself, move about and come back feeling refreshed.
Anyway, the taxi’s waiting so I’ll see you at the airport.