Saturday 1 October 2016

How to stay healthy on holiday, as told by model and fitness guru Maeve Madden

Amy Mulvaney

Published 16/08/2016 | 18:22

Model and fitness guru Maeve Madden shared her tips for staying healthy on holiday. Picture: Instagram
Model and fitness guru Maeve Madden shared her tips for staying healthy on holiday. Picture: Instagram

The thought of heading on holidays often gives plenty of motivation to stay healthy before you head away, but keeping it up while relaxing in the sun isn't as easy.

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Irish model and fitness guru Maeve Madden told Independent.ie her top tips for working out and eating well on holiday – and it’s not as hard as you think.

“Living a healthy lifestyle is about balance, it’s is about looking after both your mind and body, so taking a break and rest to reset is always welcome,” she said.

 “On holiday I do try to continue to lead my normal lifestyle, I take advantage of enjoying the fresh local cuisines, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I think I eat better when I'm away than I do at home.”

Maeve Madden. Picture: Instagram
Maeve Madden. Picture: Instagram

The key to staying fit and healthy could be down to simply adding a gym outfit and runners to your suitcase, says Maeve.

“My best tip is to always pack a gym kit. Just a small amount of exercise can help from putting on the pounds. We all have more free time on holidays, so there are no excuses and if you do gain some extra weight, don't worry, its not about being perfect all the time.

"You know when you get home you can get straight back into living your usual healthy lifestyle.”

The social media star shared a post with her 75,000 Instagram followers in May about the painful reality of living with digestive disorders, something she said she has since learned to manage.

“I felt it was important to share with my followers on social media that I too suffer from food intolerances and IBS. It is a severely painful and embarrassing condition that I wanted to raise more awareness about.”

“Since being diagnosed, I have learned so much about the foods I can and can't eat, and almost how to keep it under control. When preparing meals are under my control it’s completely fine as I know exactly what I can and can't have. However, eating out in restaurants can be a pain, with cross contamination and limited options,” she explained.

“I find that being open and confident in my explaining my condition makes other people realise just how important it is for me to eat the right foods, instead of them thinking I'm just a ‘fussy eater’.  I hope that the more awareness there is on these conditions the easier it will be for people to become confident living with food intolerances. “

With such a massive online following, as well as working as a personal trainer and model, Maeve said that at first she felt the pressure to be “perfect”, but now that burden isn’t a problem for her.

Maeve Madden shared her health and fitness tips at the launch of Vitality Foods. Picture: Kevin Goss-Ross
Maeve Madden shared her health and fitness tips at the launch of Vitality Foods. Picture: Kevin Goss-Ross

“In the beginning of my modelling career I did feel pressure to look a certain way and I have shared images of my look before when I was unhappy and very thin until now being fit, healthy and happy,” she said.

“Now I don't feel pressure at all because firstly, as they say: ‘The girl in the magazine doesn't even look like the girl in the magazine.’ I think it's more inspiring and motivating to be normal than to promote a fake insta-life.

“I always say to my followers that the most important thing to remember is that living a healthy lifestyle is not about trying to be better than someone else or being someone else but to be better than you used to be, be the best version of yourself and that’s all that matters.”

Maeve’s preparation for photoshoots doesn’t include any crazy rituals, restrictive diets or extreme workout routines, but instead is quite simple.

Maeve Madden shared her health and fitness tips at the launch of Vitality Foods. Picture: Kevin Goss-Ross
Maeve Madden shared her health and fitness tips at the launch of Vitality Foods. Picture: Kevin Goss-Ross

“My top tip for preparing for a photoshoot is plenty of sleep. I already lead a daily lifestyle of eating healthy, great workouts and always trying to stay super hydrated but getting the right amount of sleep is my downfall.

“Before a shoot I try to get at least eight hours sleep, it does wonders for my skin, eyes and my body, I feel rested and relaxed and on top form.  My skin always looks more youthful after plenty of sleep, my eyes are fresh and the muscles in my body more lean.  Sleep is definitely my top tip, I guess that’s why its called beauty sleep!”

Maeve Madden was at the launch of Vitality Foods, a new protein-based brand that's wheat and gluten-free, and contains no added sugar. Instagram: @Vitality_Foods

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