A healthy, active lifestyle doesn’t need to take a break when you go on holiday. By no means do you need to hit pause on your morning jog or pilates routine during a beach getaway.
But health scientists warn that there’s also the strong risk of putting your body under too much strain with holiday workouts. After all, the aim of the holiday is to recharge your batteries, says Birgit Frank, a university lecturer in training science and health management.
While a few moderate workouts can help your body slow down, the temptation to overload yourself with some bumper holiday workouts is the opposite of giving your body the break it needs, she says.
Frank therefore recommends moderate endurance training rather than intensive exercise. If jogging on holiday, for example, try running a little less and a little slower than you would at home.
This is especially true if it’s significantly warmer where you’re on holiday, in which case the best time for a running workout is the early morning hours before it gets too hot.
In addition, long-distance travellers should give their body some time to get used to high temperatures or a different time zone. Research shows that even with a two-hour time difference, it takes the body at least a day to adjust and become fully functional again. – dpa
Cycling – Rent a bicycle for a day or even for the whole duration of your trip. There are lots of cities these days that have designated parking spaces for your bikes.
Hiking – A short hike will not only keep you active, there’s also a chance to take some beautiful photos along the way.
Swimming – Whether at the pool or in the ocean, swimming is always a fun “holiday exercise”.
Walking – This is the best holiday exercise ever. Also, it’s good for the environment as you don’t add to your carbon footprint
Water sports – From wakeboarding to surfing to kayaking, these water sports don’t really seem like exercise, though they do work out every part of the body!
Yoga – Many hotels now provide free morning (or sunset) yoga sessions for guests.