How to stay in shape during summer holidays

Holidays are a period to unwind and have fun. Forget about everything that generates stress and dedicate time to oneself to be able to reach a state of relaxation and well-being.

It is shown that exercise is widely beneficial both for the mind and for the body. If you usually have an exercise routine, it’s time to break it. But this does not mean that you should spend a few weeks doing absolutely nothing, take advantage to do things that usually do not have time to do in the normal day to day.

General advice

  1. Forget about the clock. Disconnect. Do not put a schedule, take the opportunity to exercise when the body asks you and you want. Learn to listen to your body.
  2. Do group activities. Many times we confuse exercise with having to crush us, remember that it is your vacation and the most important thing is to have a good time with your friends and family.
  3. Do not obsess. As we have noted, neither schedules nor restrictions. Do you fancy an ice cream between hours? Ahead. There is nothing healthier than knowing how to enjoy the pleasures of life (and food), at certain times.

Vacation on the beach

If you have chosen a destination with coast, take advantage of it. You can do millions of outdoor activities that, in general, daily life does not allow us to enjoy. Do you like to swim? There is nothing better than swimming in the sea. Save 20 minutes for it. Are you going with your family? Propose them a challenge: who is able to go and return twice to the buoy faster. This can become a fantastic and fun exercise for the whole family. Swimming has many benefits such as: delays the aging process, helps increase our motor capacity, improves memory, burns many calories, makes our body more resistant and favors the proper functioning of the cardiorespiratory system.

Swimming is not your thing? Nothing happens. You can always spend 40 minutes walking the beach. It is known that walking decreases the risk of being hypertensive, and in patients with high blood pressure reduces pressure values, produces favorable effects on cholesterol, prevents the onset of diabetes, improves your sex life, increases Vitamin D levels and It helps to lose weight. You can take some time just for yourself (sometimes it is necessary to do it), and get lost with your thoughts while leaving your footprints in the sand.

On the other hand, an activity that many people practice on the beach is playing with paddles or football. Although it may not seem like it, it is an excellent exercise in which you involve the whole body. The resistance of the sand makes your legs work twice. You can get to burn 220 calories in an hour. Why not organize a championship?

Other activities that you surely do not have time to do in your day to day are: kayak, beach volleyball, surfing … You may never have tried them, so why not take advantage to do something new that who knows, could become your new hobby of the weekends.

Last thing, use new technologies to return to the origin. Summer is an excellent time to practice outdoor sports and those who are dedicated to it know it perfectly. Many gyms or professionals who work on their own, take the opportunity to form groups of short duration and offer yoga or crossfit classes that you can attend without any commitment. Google it and you will find something around your are.

Holidays in the mountains

In general, people who choose this type of vacation are self-interested in sports. Surely you have already chosen some routes that you would like to do. Well, our advice is that you take the time to take care of yourself. Do not forget that the work period is as important as the recovery period.

Give yourself a prize and reserve yourself a day at a spa or doing activities that go a little out of your mountain routine (like drinking a mojito while enjoying the views).

Holidays in a big city

Maybe this type of vacation is the most complicated to follow a program. You can always access YouTube videos with 15-minute routines that are an excellent way to start the day.

In any case, the best way to discover the most exciting places in a city is to get lost in its streets. This involves walking (sometimes walking a lot), which as we have noted before, is a great exercise. Do you like to ride a bike? Well do not hesitate, hire a bicycle tour of the city. There are companies that are dedicated to this and there are excellent tours with which you can combine culture and exercise at the same time. It sounds good, right?

If you prefer to have a time just for you and your body, do not forget that you are in a big city and that you can always go to a gym. But let’s be honest, you can do that in your city. Find new things. Most cities have a park where people go to exercise, grab your sport shoes and run it, you may even find yourself with some group practicing tai-chi who are always happy to welcome someone else in their family.

Holidays and diet = no holidays

One of the issues that most worries when it comes to staying in shape is food. We will not deny what is widely known: being in shape consists 20% of exercise and 80% of diet. But, what are holidays if you can not give yourself a whim? Well there’s the trick, some whim.

That is, do not take advantage of this time to throw away everything you have achieved. That is the big mistake of the majority (and more when there is a free buffet). Treat yourself from time to time, but do not make it the norm of your vacation. The best way is to follow a balanced diet (at all times of your life).

A balanced diet does not mean that you have to restrict foods from your list, it means that you must learn to eat well. We all know that fried foods are not the most recommended foods, just like sweets. That does not mean we should eliminate those of the list, we should simply reduce their intake. Think that if you stuff yourself with this kind of food it is likely that your energy goes down and that all those things you had planned to do during your vacations remain in thoughts. That’s why it’s important to find the balance.

In conclusion, vacations are not the time to set goals and get an excellent state. You already try that all year. Take the opportunity to do new things and have fun with your ones. It is important that you do it in a healthy and conscious way because it is the way with which you will enjoy more of your relaxing time.

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