5 ways to keep fit on your holiday (without even trying!)
Are you going on holiday this summer? Here’s how to easily squeeze a bit of activity into your day, no matter where you’re staying or what you’re doing!
1. Make the most of where you are
...by looking into the fitness facilities and activities available at your resort, hotel, or even on your cruise. And if you’re on a UK break, check out nearby outdoor activities such as kayaking, trekking or hiking.
2. Play some ball games
...and the whole family can take part. Tennis balls, footballs and beach balls are often all that’s needed for a fun workout. You can use them for all kinds of activities, from pool volleyball to a simple kick about on the sand.
3. Read up on your destination
...to see what the locals like to do. It could be canoeing, mountain biking or trekking – whatever it is, joining in with popular activities is a good way to really get a feel for your surrounds (and stay active at the same time!).
4. Take advantage of the seaside
...by building a giant sandcastle (to work your arms and shoulders), jumping in the waves (to build core and upper-body strength) or snorkelling with fins (great for calves and thigh muscles).
5. Set a target
...to work towards on holiday, such as swimming a certain number of laps or walking a target number of steps a day. You could even reward yourself with a duty-free gift on the way home!
Taking a pedometer on holiday could be a good way to motivate yourself to move! Our budget-friendly WW FitPedometer is perfect if you're looking for a simple gadget to track steps, distance and calories burned. Just clip on and go to start tracking! Studies1 show that people who wear a pedometer clock up around 2,000 more steps than people who don't, so this really is a great motivational tool.
1. Dana M. Bravata, MD, MS. Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health. JAMA, 2007;298(19)2296-2304.