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How much you exercise on holidays depends a lot on how you work out when you’re not. So if you’re an avid gym goer, exercise whilst away is a no-brainer. On the other hand, if you’re more of the exercise-under-protest type, the last thing you’re going to be inclined to do during your vacation is hitting the treadmill.
That said, restoration and rejuvenation—of the body and mind—is the key consequence of a successful break. So rather than seeing fitness on one side of the equation and everything else you want to do on the other, reframe your holiday perception to regard your trip as an opportunity to top off your energy stores, for which staying active is critical.
Here are seven tips for staying fit while you’re traveling with us.
The key to reinvigoration is movement… And that’s not exclusive to the gym. Find opportunities to move onboard and off. Before you know it you will have taken 10,000 steps! Movement is the key to lasting health.
If you’ve been going through the motions at your gym, your holiday is the perfect time to try something totally new. Expand your fitness repertoire while you’re here and you can inspire some change to your regular routine when you get home.
Let’s face it: food is integral to that sense of blissful indulgence which so many of us associate with being aboard a Celebrity ship. So, of course, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you should or shouldn’t eat whilst you sail with us. Focus on your favourite meals and enjoy them. Start your meals with vegetable soup or a salad to keep portions balanced. In addition, try to remember: sometimes less is more. So don’t forget to savour the taste of every food you try because the more time you take to relish it, the less you need to eat of it for the same level of enjoyment.
Rest assured: you can get some fitness in without spending too much precious vacation time doing it. Laura DeAngelis, a certified personal trainer and instructor in New York City, recommends circuit training because of the powerful bursts of activity that you can do in a brief session. “Doing a few minutes of something is better than doing nothing,” she says.
Don’t underestimate the power of pure water to keep you feeling healthy and hydrated—not just when you’re active but when you’re in the sun or enjoying cocktails (or when you’ve enjoyed too many the night before). Take a water bottle with you and fill it throughout the day. As a rough guideline, you should always aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces, i.e. a 150lb woman should ideally drink 75oz of water a day.
Plan your post-workout R&R time: book time in the spa, savor a long poolside nap or enjoy a quiet read on your veranda. Planning for a little indulgence after you exert yourself can be just the ticket to getting you through a little onboard exercise.
If you love a good workout but always feel too rushed to squeeze it in during the workweek, this is your time to enjoy what you never get to do, whether it be a full five-mile run, some weight-training, or a luxurious 20-minute stretch session. Consider it the ultimate luxury: uninterrupted and uncontested “me” time.
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