Us Nielsens are just back from a little Caribbean getaway, which means travel is on our minds these days. So many people work so hard to prepare their bodies for a beach vacation - but when they get there, end up throwing caution to the wind and indulging big time. The thing is, though, there are a few things you can do while you're away to minimize the damage to your progress and keep you feeling fit and strong in paradise - and when you return home afterwards.
1. Find ways to get moving. You don't have to go to the gym - take a long sunrise (or sunset) walk along the beach every day, or commit to 30 minutes of swimming. Make it fun and part of the getaway. Your metabolism will thank you.
2. Even if it may seem cheesy, try out a resort fitness class - even better if it's something you've never done before. It might just be fun, and at the very it'll get you up off that lounge chair (and away from the bar!) for a little while.
3. Use some of your favourite no-equipment movements in your hotel room. Even if it’s a set here or there (while you're brushing your teeth perhaps?), it’s better than nothing. Think wall sits, calf raises, push ups, and planks. I did this every day and it made a world of difference.
The bottom line: doing something is better than doing nothing, as it maintains the pattern of taking action, even if your workouts aren't as long or intense. Also, remember to drink water! At least one glass/bottle for every alcoholic drink. Your body (and your head) will thank you. Bon voyage!
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!