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How to Stay Active on Holiday

Finally – Summer is here! You have probably planned a fantastic summer holiday and you are looking forward to get to your destination for some quality time off. But have you thought about how you will be keeping yourself active during your holiday?

Sure, the whole point of going on holiday is to relax, so why would anyone bother to exercise? Here’s why:

  • Exercising will help you relax. It will reduce your stress levels, so you’ll feel in a ‘holiday mood’ from day one
  • Exercise also releases endorphins that make you feel happy, so you’re more likely to enjoy your time away
  • A little bit of activity every day will help you sleep better, so you’ll feel more rested and refreshed by the end of your holiday.

We’ve got some suggestions and tips to help you keep motivated and fit in exercise while still enjoying your holiday. Just remember to pack something suitable to exercise in – then there is no excuse!

Expats cycling on holiday

Make the most of your hotel
If you’ve paid for a hotel with a swimming pool or a gym, make the most of it! These facilities are usually open early in the morning and late at night, so you’ll have plenty of time to fit in a quick splash in the pool or a brief jog to get your pulse racing.

Ditch public transport and taxis – walk!
What better way to fully embrace your new holiday surroundings than exploring on foot? You could even take a walking tour – it’s a great way of exploring and learning more about your location.

On your bike!
Cycling is a great source of exercise – it uses all your lower body muscles, it helps to keep your heart healthy, lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of diabetes and some forms of cancer. More than that; it can be an ideal form of transport

Fitness fun at the beach
Don’t just lie on the beach – jog on it! Run on it! If you’re the competitive type, you could set up a mini beach cricket, volleyball or football match. On a sandy beach this will be an extra work out for your legs, heart and lungs as surface requires extra effort to walk on.

Cool down in the sea
If you’re going to be near the coast then the easiest way to cool down and exercise at the same time is to play in the sea. You could even indulge your childish side and have a go at a few water sports. Just remember to pay attention to local tide warnings and safe swimming areas.

Pick a sport
How about trying something new? What about windsurfing, water skiing or snorkelling? You could even pick a sporting holiday like a yoga retreat or a fitness boot camp.


This article was featured on our Cigna Global customer magazine, Your Health Matters - Summer Edition 2016