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Going on holiday can be a difficult time if you are trying to cut or maintain your current weight. There is the mentality that ‘if you’re on holiday it doesn’t count’. But if you are serious about your health and fitness then this kind of attitude won’t cut it.

It doesn’t have to be like this though. A holiday can be a great time to actually lose weight. Typically holidays involve being outdoors; swimming, walking, playing tennis etc. All of these are high calorie burning activities, especially if you are in hotter weather. It is important to make sure that you stay hydrated, more so if you are in a different climate than you are used to. Even if you are indoors using the treadmill or cross trainers, extra hydration will be necessary when in a different climate.

With this extra exercise it is good to make sure that you are eating right as well. This shouldn’t be a challenge at all. Depending on where you are going, the local cuisine is more than likely going to be healthier than fast food and other ‘easy’ options that remind you of home. If you embrace this local cuisine, you can be looking at meals with a lot of vegetables, fresh meat and maybe even fresh fish. All of these are fantastically healthy and are also going to be easier to find than the local fast food restaurant.

If you can keep your diet and exercise in check with these, then there is no need to worry about your weight on holiday. In fact a holiday can be a great time to lose weight and also pick up healthier habits. Getting used to eating nice salads and fresh fish will never be a bad thing. With both widely available, then a positive culinary experience on holiday can really affect eating habits for the better.

The ‘difficulties’ of being healthy on holiday arise when people can’t come out of their bubble or bad habits from home. That’s not to say that all holiday spots are healthy, but if you are willing to move away from the tourist destinations then chances are you will find a more wholesome and healthy offering of food.

Holidays are a fantastic experience and there is no need to arrive home and find out that you have piled on the weight. If you just make sure that you are doing the right things and are staying active, then you will have no problems maintaining weight, and maybe even losing a few extra pounds by exercising and eating lovely fresh foods!

This guest article was written by Gymkit UK – Europe’s leading suppliers of new and used gym equipment