Siobhan Byrne: Healthy eating while on holiday
Use the excuse of a break to burn more calories while consuming less
Last week we looked at the advantages of hotel-room workouts while you are away on business or pleasure, and how not having access to a gym should not be a barrier to continuing with your fitness routine.
These go-to bodyweight exercises (below) can really help to improve your shape and burn up calories.
They can also be done in the comfort of your own hotel room or, if you would rather workout outdoors, you can take them outside.
The best thing about them is that all you need is yourself and a bit of motivation. They are a great option also for when you are simply restricted for time, stuck at home, or as an extra calorie-burning workout.
Eating healthy food also plays an important role in feeling energised and on top of the world, and most people automatically eat better when they workout.
After all, it is unlikely that you will go to all that effort to burn calories only to fill yourself mindlessly with empty calories.
However, this doesn't mean you can't enjoy your holidays and have nice meals every night.
On the contrary, when you are in a good state of mind and open to new ways of thinking you may just find it is quite easy to lose body fat while on holiday.
Try staying clear of excessive starchy carbs like bread, pasta and rice dishes, and choosing healthier options. Fish and salads can be really satisfying and nutritious as well as tasting delicious!
In hotter climates your appetite may be suppressed by the heat, so it would be an ideal time to take advantage of the surroundings and burn extra calories while consuming less, but choose better quality calories - healthy proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates..
Remember, that if you start of as you mean to go on, it can really be quite exhilarating to see what a difference can be made in just a few days and how good you can truly feel.
Do each exercise 12 times before moving on to the next one. When you have completed each exercise, that is one set. Catch your breath before moving on to the next set, and do three to four sets, three to four times a week
Part 2 of 2: hotel workouts
1/ Start with your hands behind you, on the floor or on a step, no more than shoulder-width apart and with your fingers facing your back and your knees bent with feet flat on the floor.
2/ Dip the body down by bending the elbows but keeping your back close to the step.
Then push back up to start position, never fully locking the elbows.
1/ Lie face down on the floor with your legs straight and your arms stretched out overhead.
2/ Raise your upper body and legs together, about 15 inches off the floor, hold briefly, then return to start position by lowering yourself back to the floor.
Hip raises are brilliant for engaging the glutes. Often women find it difficult to really engage the glutes even on deep squats, so this is a very effective exercise.
1/ Start by lying on the floor with your knees bent, feet placed flat on the floor and your arms by your side.
2/ Bridge your hips up to create a straight line and then come back down towards the ground. Repeat.
1/ Start face-down, on your knees (beginner) or toes with your hands under the chest and back flat in a plank position.
2/ Lower yourself to the ground, then back to start position. Keep the back flat throughout.
Health & Living