Happy Holidays*

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, By Jo Hurst

Everyone loves a holiday and with these tips you will be on your way feeling fit, healthy and ready for a great trip.

BREAKFAST - the most important meal of the day.

The buffet: This is not a good place to be on a daily basis. I generally head for the egg station for an omelette or poached eggs with tomato mushrooms and toast. If you're still hungry or just inquisitive wander around and look at what options you have for the last day. Select a piece of fruit for morning tea and walk away. Other options are porridge, muesli or the cereal you normally have. Alternatively, you can generally find cereal in the local convenience store and buy milk or take your protein powder sachet and make a shake and use it on your cereal. If you are with your family and you order breakfast every day for 10 days you can easily spend $500. It is easy to eat healthy and save money.

I allow myself to have pancakes, waffles, croissants or other bakery treats on the last day only. This helps keep me accountable every other day. Generally they are not as good as you think they will be and after one treat I'm over it.

LUNCH - This is a great time to take a break from your busy schedule and find time to sit and relax. If you are travelling with a friend I always suggest sharing one meal. So many places have ridiculously big servings and it is hard to finish the plate. One sandwich from a New York Deli or a plate from a serve yourself salad bar is more than enough. Stay away from food courts if possible - unless you have the discipline to order well. Many places have highly processed food which is fried and has added salt to add to the flavour. Try and keep it clean and natural

DINNER - this is the time to eat sensibly. It's too easy to squeeze in the extra share plate or a 5 course meal you will regret and be digesting for a week. If you're at a fine dining establishment or socialising then enjoy yourself You Only Live Once, however if it's a standard dinner share an entree and/or dessert and just order a main course. In some countries the entree can be as large as a meal. Make sure you include some greens and skip the fries, huge baked potatoes or serving of mash.

SNACKS - Take some Vision Protein Bars with you or make snack bags to have with you whilst you are busy through the day. Always have water with you. Many cities have little fruit barrows in the city that provide a variety of snacks. Be wary eating from roadside carts- they are generally covered in lashings of oil and salt and may upset your stomach. If you are brave eat from a cart that looks busy and has a high turnover of food.

FLIGHTS- If you can take food on board (regulations may not allow) then that's an easy solution and provides you with options when the meal cart comes along. Generally the airline meals are a small serving which is probably the perfect size. Skip the roll - they are never soft and fluffy and even smothered in butter they can be difficult to swallow. I have found if I order the vegetarian option I receive mine before everyone else which enables me to have more sleep. Don't forget to get up and move around to keep the blood flow going and stay on top of hydration as you will easily dehydrate - like the bread rolls.

ACTIVITY- when I am on holidays I try to do something active everyday. Whether it's a walk, run, cycle or segway being a tourist can be a great excuse to see things you don't see from the tour bus. Walking tours around large cities help you to get your bearings and teach you so much about your surroundings. Walking between stations can also open your eyes to the city above the street. Hire a bike and get out a little further from the CBD - bike paths, riverside rides and old railway lines are often used to assist the flow of traffic and add to the safety level. If you're near water - jump in - swim, snorkel or just get wet. Walk along the beach and enjoy the fresh air.

If your hotel has a gym- go for it. If you have been training, you are no longer a rookie lifter, be fearless and walk in chest out and big smile you can do this. So many of our clients now book hotels with gyms so they can continue their training. Ask your trainer for some ideas for a circuit either with weights machines, free weights or body weight, that way you can make the most of it.

If it's cold layer up and don't use it as an excuse - walking through Central Park on a snowy cold day is an exhilarating experience. If it's raining a disposable raincoat works wonders - after all it is only water.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you have an active and enjoyable trip and stay fit, healthy and active.

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