What would be a holiday without a little indulgence in foods we wouldn’t normally treat ourselves to at home? While this is perfectly normal, it is also easy to go overboard and come home feeling worse for wear. The key to most things in life is balance, and of course you should treat yourself to novelty foods while on vacation but also stay in control of your health.
We spoke to Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador, to get her top tips for travelling and maintaining good health.
1. Travel with active gear
While packing active gear in your holiday suitcase isn’t always the first thing that pops into mind, it serves as a great reminder to stay healthy and fit. To boost your motivation to exercise while travelling, bring your favourite active wear and some comfortable (but equally stylish) sneakers. A yoga mat or a skipping rope is also a good idea.
2. Pick your hotel strategically
Be strategic with your choice of accommodation and where possible, opt for hotels that come with a gym or swimming pool. Having these facilities accessible will encourage you to keep up your fitness regime on the go. Now you can indulge in that bread basket or daily gelato, guilt free!
3. Exercise in your hotel room
If you can’t find a hotel with a gym, transform your room into a fitness zone. Commit to a set routine every day, whether it’s lunges, squats, wall sits or a core workout. Even 15 minutes a day of exercise can make a big difference to how you feel.
4. Walk off the jet lag
One of the best things you can do to fight jet lag is to get moving. Upon checking into your hotel, resist the urge to go for a nap. Rather, head outside for a walk to stretch your limbs, get the blood pumping and to breath in some fresh air. This will help to revitalise and reset your body clock.
5. See the sights strategically
There’s no better way to get to know a new city than by foot. Take in the sights by joining a walking tour. You’ll get to immerse yourself in the new surroundings, absorb local knowledge and slot in some exercise – multitasking at its best! If you’re heading to an island destination like Fiji, keep your days busy with outdoor or adventure activities like swimming, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding and surfing.
6. Snack wisely
Depending on where you’re going, you can’t always guarantee there will be healthy food options easily accessible. Research health food shops in your destination ahead of time so you arrive prepared. If you’re out sightseeing and spot a local supermarket, head inside and buy some fruit to have in your hotel fridge. Alternatively, pack some healthy snacks from home such as trail mix, brown rice crackers or seaweed.
7. Pick an indulgence for the day
Whether you’re lusting over pasta in Italy or croissants in France, make a point of picking one treat food a day and nothing more. Holidays are meant for pleasures, but balance is key. Avoid eating too much deep-fried or battered food. Rather, opt for steamed, roasted, grilled or boiled options.
Info from Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador.
Phillipa Steele is based in Fiji but for 6 months of the year, Phillipa is travelling to New York, Paris, Australia and Switzerland.