The holidays are not only a time to let loose and enjoy your time off, but they’re also the perfect opportunity to stay active, fit, and healthy. Okay, an overly healthy holiday might sound like a bit of a downer. However, there are plenty of ways to balance your time away from your usual routine to ensure that swimsuit look you worked so hard for doesn’t all go to waste while you’re having fun on your vacation. So, if you’re planning some time at the beach and want to balance your virtues and vices, here are a few tips to staying healthy and fit during your time in the surf, sand, and sun.
Hit the sand and go for a walk
Most beach holidaymakers stay in accommodations right on the sand, so if you’re in one of those Miami or Myrtle Beach hotels that backs up against the boardwalk, you’re in prime position to get out in the sunshine and go for a stroll. Walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy and active, and there are few places that are more scenic and enjoyable to do it than the beach.
Get in the water and swim
If you worry what walking or running longer distances might do to your joints, the water offers an opportunity to exercise without enduring the pounding your knees and other body parts might receive if you were going for a walk or run. Swimming is also an extremely efficient way to build muscle tone and to burn calories.
Eat lots of fruit and drink water
When we’re out in the surf and sun all day we forget how dehydrated we become. One of the main causes of over-eating is not drinking enough water. You can counteract this by taking plenty of water with you to the beach, and to eat foods like fruit and berries, which are made-up primarily of water.
Get in a routine
One of the reasons why even the most active people fail to exercise during their vacations is because they lose their routine, which is the most effective way of staying active and healthy. So when you go on vacation consider preparing a routine in advance and stick to it. Try getting up and exercising in the morning, or going for a long walk in the evening.
Remember, just because you’re enjoying your taking a break from all the everyday worries of life, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop caring about your health and fitness.
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Young, passionate, and inquisitive—these are the words—that best describe Megan. A natural extrovert, she makes it a point to travel on a regular basis to experience different cultures and discover new things. In addition, her passion for writing allows her to produce captivating pieces in a heartbeat.