How to stay fit on holidays: Only 15 minutes a day can make a difference!
Sports on holidays? – „That’s crazy!“ you are thinking? As half of the rest of the world out there also. Well maybe! But the other half, the sports addict half, might agree with my opinion. Because way more crazy for me is the thought of not working out for 3 weeks and come back from a travel and feel unfit, stiff and without energy instead of happy and energized from the break. Yes, sports forms part of my holidays and contributes to a happy life in my opinion. If you don’t share this opinion, better skip this blog post 😉
Anyways I don’t want to impose my opinion on you. I also enjoy lying on the beach for some days and just move two times a day to turn around in order not to get burned.
All I want to give you some motivation and show you that just a little workout once in a while is useful and will fight your guilty conscious contribute a lot to a comfortable feeling.
So what am I exactly talking about?
How to stay fit on holidays: Light yoga session of 20 minutes
Stretching your body or doing a short yoga session will make you feel better after so many occasions on your travel. Starting with the flights: After some hours in the little seats of an airplane or even a long-distance flight all your body hurts, your shoulders feel stiff and your lower back might hurt. A short yoga session of just 15 to 20 minutes after arriving in the hotel room will untighten your muscles, release the pain and make you sleep way better.
Believe me, I’m super tired after a long-distance flight and don’t feel like doing a 2 hours yoga session with headstand and standing split either. I’m just speaking about some light exercises which you could even do in your bed before sleeping.
Or after a long skiing day or a hike when your legs feel heavy and tired? Just some minutes of relaxed stretching in a seated position and a hot bath after will relax your muscles and enhance recovery of your muscles during the night and hopefully prevent muscle pain the next day.
You’re not the yogi kind of guy?
Alright, what about a HIIT training?
How to stay fit on holidays: Highly effective HIIT training of 15 minutes
HIIT stands for High Intensity Intervall training and is very effective due to the periods of high intensity exercises followed by short, little break. The big advantage of HIIT training is that you burn more calories than in a cardio workout, and build muscles at the same time. The second big advantage is that only a short period of time is necessary due to the high effectiveness of this kind of workout. Only 15 minutes of HIIT training three times a week are proven to be effective. In addition the exercises are mostly whole body exercises which train various parts of your body and not isolate single muscle group.
To make the most out of your training and still stay it moderate on your travel I suggest you to pick 8 to 10 exercises of your choice and do 40 seconds of high intensity followed by 20 seconds of break. After one set you can take a one minutes break. Practice 3 sets. In total this workout will only consume 26-32 minutes of your precious time on travel but the effects are like a run of more than an hour.
How to stay fit on holidays: Easy (beach) run
The third kind of sport which I love to do on holidays is running. There is nothing better than running during sunrise at the beach. Surrounded my stunning lights, the calm sea and a warm breeze you’ll truly forget that you are running actually. Or did you ever get up early on your holidays just to see the sunrise in the sea or from a mountain? And you loved it right? Even better is to go for a light jog at the beach while the sun is rising as there will be less people than in the evening when the sun is setting and climate is more pleasant.
But sports on holidays does not only mean to squeeze an additional sports program into your full timetable of your travel. It also means…
Adventurous travel activities
…which don’t even make you realize that you work out actually. Sports on holidays does not only mean to squeeze an additional (sports) program into your full timetable of your travel. It also means all other activities beginning from water sports like kayaking, surfing or just swimming, or speaking about all the beautiful activities you can do in the mountains like hiking, mountain biking, rafting and so on. Sport does not mean working out with heavy weights in the gym it just means sporty activities which are fun and which reward you by an amazing experience, a great view, a lot of fun, a success, a happy feeling of doing something the first time in life and the proudness after stepping out of your comfort zone.
Go out and explore life out there instead of burning your belly at the beach! I promise it will make you feel better. I’d also like to quote my boyfriend at this point: „I hate you all the way up the mountain for forcing me to do this. But when we arrive on top, love & happiness is flooding my body again.“ 😉
Just try my tips how to stay fit on holidays next time – and let me know about your experiences. Just drop a comment below!