Tips for How To Exercise on Holidays

Most people think I’m crazy when I tell them I exercise on holidays. Why? It’s a holiday. I’m meant to be stuffing my face and chilling by the pool with a cocktail. It may only be once a year. There are a lot of comments.

It’s true and I still did the above, I promise! My Mum had me walking down to the local marina daily to “get the gremlin to nap”. This was code for “lets get a Sangria”; the most amazing stuff I may add and never before a workout!

The Sangria’s were delicious and very strong!

A holiday can be a massive set back when trying to stick to a healthy diet or exercise plan. People can gain up to a stone in weight on a 2 week break which is a hefty amount and a lot of work on return to shift it. We all now know exercise isn’t the magic bullet in the obesity crisis but it can help with weight maintenance.

I don’t exercise because of that however; more because I enjoy it and it boosts my already good holiday mood. I also don’t tend to go to the gym daily but I do aim to do something active on a daily basis. Some hotels don’t have a gym so it is important to look into what other options are available. You need a good 30 minutes, where you feel out of breath and warm. Some ideas include:

  • A good walk – visit the local town, visit the harbour. Just get out and walk
  • A beach walk – sand is a flipping nightmare to walk on so it’s a harder work out for the legs
  • Swimming – easy peasy. Doesn’t have to be a full 30 minute stint, you can be in and out and the lengths add up
  • Hotel sports – tennis, table tennis, golf, water polo – try and join in and get your daily exercise quota

Exercise can help you relax, sleep and builds a good appetite (especially for all those bigger meals). Don’t knock it and try and to fit some in on your holidays. It will be much easier to continue when you get home and throw in a bit of damage limitation to the holiday pounds.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)


  1. June 15, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Great post! It is hard to keep the exercise going when on holidays especially if it is traveling around. Some good creative tips here thanks! #Bloggingtojogging

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      Thanks Sue xx

  2. June 16, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Great post! I never do any actual gym exercise as I'm always walking miles each day with the boys and still do a lot of walking on hols carrying my 17 month old. So I suppose I'm still getting excel use in my own way. Xx

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      Yeah definitely…carrying little ones and walking is knackering xx

  3. June 16, 2015 / 6:10 am

    I love your advice, it's great. I don't normally go on 'lazy' holidays, whenever we go anywhere we end up walking around most places. I love Orlando for that, the last time we went there we walked 300 miles! A lot of that is just walking around parks but it is such a beautiful place. Great post Sarah. xxx

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks Morgan. I hate sitting around too and love walking. 300 miles that's amazing!! I love Orlando x

  4. June 16, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Great post, I fully intend to make use of Mark Warner's awesome fitness facilities when we go away with them in October, I think I would get withdrawal symptoms otherwise haha!

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:17 pm

      haha I know I miss my exercise so much! x

  5. June 16, 2015 / 11:33 am

    I am feeling really fed up with my weight but with twins, full time work and a driving test next week and an international realocation the week after – i don't have the time! Soon, soon!

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:17 pm

      You must be so busy but the time will come for you!! x

  6. June 16, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Great tips here lovely! We did a lot of walking up steep roads on our recent trip to Crete, definitely felt the burn more than once 😉

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      Thanks lots. Hope you had a fab time xx

  7. June 16, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    You've just inspired me! I've been doing so well at my diet of the last couple of weeks and I have been worrying about the impact our impending Disney fest will have on this but you are right. I should totally go to the gym a few times while we're away……….or maybe for a run. Thanks 🙂

    • mm June 16, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      Aww that's good to hear. I hope you have a fabulous time away. Sounds fab xx

  8. June 16, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Oh you're reminding me of my husband – he's always looking for the gym facilities when we go anywhere (and generally disappointed!). When holidaying in England he has to plan the trip around whether there is a nearby accessible Parkrun for the Saturday morning! Slightly obsessed… However I think you definitely have a point that most holidays do offer up plenty of opportunities for a bit of healthy exercise! Thanks so much for linking up to #thetruthabout Sarah and pleased you had a great holiday Xx

    • mm June 17, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      That's like my step-dad! He's worse than me! Very funny. Glad you liked the post and thanks so much for hosting xx

  9. June 17, 2015 / 5:44 am

    I always find I lose weight on holiday, probably because I have more time and desire to be walking everywhere and sightseeing, and with a pool so accessible on lots of holidays, finding time to swim every day is so easy and lovely! So no I don't think you're mad and as you say, exercise is good for you 🙂 x

    • mm June 17, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      That's a bonus and just shows how the exercise can work!! Thanks for the lovely comment x

  10. June 17, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Phillip always wants to work out on vacation (and every other day, too.) He just likes it. When we went to NYC last month, he'd go down to the hotel gym while I blogged in the room, and we were both happier for it when we got back together.

  11. June 18, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    I love holiday exercise too! There's always a bit more time so I never feel as guilty sneaking off for a run. I started the Juneathon challenge (to exercise everyday) while we were away so it was extra motivation to keep active.