Aah, holidays…

Why would I exercise while I’m away – I’m on me ‘olidays…’.

For me, holidays are the perfect time to treat myself with a bit more tlc. I still enjoy nice food, beer at lunchtime and wine with dinner, but I also indulge in a bit more activity than usual. Who doesn’t want to look their best in a bikini?

‘How?’ I hear you ask, ‘the kids are up early and dying to get to the beach/pool/down for breakfast.

My friends are no exception, we generally have a full day of ‘activity’ planned, even if that’s just lying by the pool. If I want a proper concentrated workout I have to get up early. Luckily, one of our group likes an early morning run, so I’m not always the only one up with the sunrise. It’s a great time to make use of an empty terrace for 20 minutes or go for a walk. Sometimes others come with me, but I’m just as happy on my own, taking in what’s around me and wishing the locals good morning.

A few years ago, when I was just starting to try and get fitter, I felt drab and frumpy in my ancient workout gear yet not inspired enough to spend serious money on new stuff. I guess I didn’t feel I was worth it.

A couple of days into a holiday in Turkey, I spent about thirty quid on some great looking Nike 3 quarters and some vest tops, all totally knock off of course, but it gave me the confidence to nip to gym in the resort every other day for the rest of the trip. Just 15 minutes on the treadmill and ten minutes of floor exercises and I felt energised for the day. My excuse, so as not to seem like a total goody two shoes? To get the towels on the beds. I’d have a swim too, and all before breakfast.

Even throughout the day, there’s no excuse for not having a swim when the others are in the pool. Can’t swim? Stand in the shallow end, water to your shoulders and do anything from leg lifts to bicep curls. For the most part, the reflection off the water will conceal your efforts if you’re embarrassed. There are even exercises you can do on your sunbed. Just get creative with a few simple arm, leg and core movements. Here’s a quick sample of a few pool excercises I do to start you off.

It’s easy to GAIN weight on holiday. Beer, ice-cream, sodas, yummy meals out and desserts. But with a bit of effort you can maintain what you’ve worked so hard for, or even LOSE an extra inch or two.

Pool exercises

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