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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.


  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

  2. Jenny Eaves
    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

  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

  4. Mama Owl
    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!

  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!

  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 😉

  7. Morna Piper
    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 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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.