How to stay fit on a vacation

EXPLORE ON FOOT

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Ditch bus, train and taxi. Walk it instead. Walking is a great form of exercise, and above all, helps you save a lot of money when you are out sightseeing. While burning loads of calories, walking also helps you go deep into the local culture, people, food and music.

USE NATURE AS YOUR GYM

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Embrace the adventurous in you. If you are on an island or a beach holiday, head to the water for your workouts. Resort pools are a great place to have fun and get fit and are suitable for all ages. Swimming takes the weight off the spine and knees and exercises the muscles in a gentle way. Wake up early to start your day with a swim; you can also recruit your friends and family to join in to make the activity a lot more enjoyable. Try surfing, stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling to get some fresh air and wake up some muscles you may never have known you had. Mountains are great for hiking, running, horse riding and soaking up the surroundings.

TRY A LOCAL ACTIVITY

Tai chi, Red Plum Park, Tianning Pagoda in background,  Changzhou, China
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Take advantage of what an area’s known for — or even plan a vacation around it! Learn tai chi moves in China, or woo potential suitors with flamenco moves in Spain. It’s a great way to learn about a different culture while getting fit.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

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If you’re heading to a destination that’s known for its nightlife and dance clubs, you’re in for a lot of fun and fruitful workouts. Moving to music not only enhances your mood, but also adds to the relaxed vacation feeling.

EAT AND DRINK SMART

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No matter where you travel, you’re bound to find fresh and healthy high-protein, high-fiber options to fill your plate. Avoid sugar, processed foods, and simple carbs. If you’re trying to save empty calories during a nightout, go for Vodka or tequila with carbonated water and a splash of fruit juice.

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