Stay healthy on a holiday

Roshini Gilbert

August 4, 2023

Santa looks cute with a belly, not all of us. When you head out of town for a much-deserved winter break, remember that you are going to unwind, not to wind up with a large waistline.

Research shows that adults put on as much as 500 per cent more weight during holidays compared to when they are working. The gain may not seem significant after a brief holiday, but these increases ‘weigh-up’ over the years and contribute to obesity and related health risks.

So, it’s important to include some exercise and diet discipline in your itinerary. Here’s how you can do it:

Pack smart

Put a yoga mat, skipping rope, resistance bands and swimwear in your suitcase. They barely take up space yet provide the means for a wholesome workout. 

Skip the bus

Explore your destination by foot or bicycle. Shopaholics could also opt for a ‘mall-a-thon’— walking around the mall — to lose 250 calories per hour.

Be a beach bum

Instead of lounging in a chair, walk on the sand. A 30-minute walk will help burn 150 to 200 calories. Better still, run through the surf to use up the same number of calories in just 10 minutes.

Eat wise

Don’t pick the ‘meals-inclusive’ package. Travelers tend to consume twice the recommended daily calorie allowance in the first 24 hours of their hotel stay when meals are included.

Kid around

Chasing your children around the park for half hour will help you burn 150 calories. Try horse-riding, ice skating or building snowmen, too.

Speak to our health experts at Healthifyme about how best to have a healthy holiday.

About the Author

After a diligent workout plan helped her lose 30kg of post-pregnancy weight, chartered accountant Roshini Gilbert was inspired enough to go from tallying numbers to training others. Currently serving as VP, Fitness & Services, at HealthifyMe, Roshini has been certified by the American Council on Exercises (ACE) for functional fitness and specialises in postnatal weight loss, exercises for lower back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. As part of her Rehab Trainer certification in Australia, Roshini has trained with reputed sports physiotherapist, Ulrik Larsen in corrective exercises and injury management. In HealthifyMe, she has found a collaborator with a common cause – making people fit to live life to the fullest.

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One response to “Stay healthy on a holiday”

  1. It’s always too easy to forget about staying fit and healthy when you’re on break and you have too much time in your hands. And these are really great tips. Love the picture, by the way! Such happy smiles!

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