22 June 2017

Tips to Maintain Your Weight Whilst Travelling (& Eat All The Food In The World) || Girl vs Greece

I'm surrounding by quite literally the best food in the world- from deep fried calamari, spanakopitas, loukanikopites and about one thousand and one other Grecian concoctions I'm bound to put on weight- especially if this is all I'll be eating for two months (not the I'm complaining). I haven't even mentioned the desserts.
If you think this is going to be one of those posts where I give you advice to eat in moderation, you're wrong. If you're travelling, you're in a foreign place, with food worthy of devouring in one bite. My advice would be to eat, eat, eat and eat some more.

Chances are, you're travelling or will travel one day to a new place to experience all aspects of what it has to offer- from the shops, to the beaches and of course the food. So, don't deny yourself the food- anything but.

I've come to Greece, annually, for at least a month for nearly every year of my life. I don't think I've once put on weight, either! You can rest assured that I'm pigging out on every Greek dish that gets placed in front of me. If you're wondering how I do it (without putting on weight), here are my tricks:
DON'T AIM TO LOSE WEIGHT
I don't know of many people that go on holiday with the intention of losing weight (retreats to exotic places don't count). Rather aim to maintain your current weight and when you get back home, you can get back into your fitness or exercise routine.

SWIM SWIM SWIM
I wish I meant have a little paddle and a splash in the ocean. I don't. For nearly a decade, I was a competitive swimmer. I swam endless laps up and down various pools. Because of this, I see oceans as massive (and sometimes scary) swimming pools.

By all means have a splash around in the ocean, but when you're done with that try getting in a lap or 10.  I'd recommend fastening that bikini extra sight and maybe bringing along some goggles; That's the competitive swimmer in me speaking again.
RACKET AWAY
I'm imagining that you're off on a beach holiday for some reason- maybe that's because that's where I've got my experience. Playing rackets on the beach with a partner, sibling or parent is not only great fun in the sun, but it gets your body moving too. You'll also be tanning- and perspiring. It may get messy...but I think that's a win win.

WALK WALK WALK
If you're less of a beach goer, opt for hikes and bicycle rides around the city or town that you're visiting. Alternatively, all you got to do is lace up those walking shoes. Walking around and exploring   your travel destination is one of the best way to sneak in a low-key workout.
GET IN THAT H20
Earlier, when I mentioned you could eat all the food in the world, notice that I didn't include drinks. Avoid juices and cool drinks during the day and opt for some good ol' water instead. In the evening, you have full reign to drink up; By all means have a cocktail or two, maybe even a cool drink.

Most of the sugar we consume actually come from our drinks. Sugar can also leave you feeling tired (which isn't exactly the vibe that we're going for whilst on holiday).  You wanna get out there and seize all that your travel destination has to offer.

Drinking water also helps to keep you hydrated, which is essential in the summer heat, unless you're thinking of tipping over and waking up to a hot, tall (insert nationality) man leaning over you giving you the 'kiss of life'. Yeah, I'd avoid water, too.

AS DJ KHALED WOULD SAY 'THIS IS A MAJOR KEY'

Look, with the amount of food I'm eating, I'm desperate to keep in shape. As I've previously discussed here, Greece is 'home' and South Africa is 'home home'. 'Home home' comes with access to a gym. 'Home' doesn't.

In South Africa, I have access to a treadmill and other gym equipment. Greece doesn't quite offer me the same convenience.

If you're Air B and B-ing or back packing, chances are you don't have access to a gym either. Again, like the lap swimming in the ocean, what follows may be unpopular, but it works; I move the furniture around  bit and create a big enough space for planks, lunges and burps etc.- all from the comfort of an air-conditioned room. Hooking your legs under a bed also does wonders for sit-ups! You could do simple exercises even from the comfort of your hotel room!

Summary:

  • Don't try to lose weight, but to maintain weight on holiday
  • Swim laps in the ocean, play tennis on the beach or go for hikes
  • Even walk around the city for some exercise
  • Drink as much water as possible
  • Make makeshift gym in your hotel room

What are your tips for taking care of your body whilst travelling or on holiday?
Till next time-
Steph

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24 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing these great tips

    Beauty Candy Loves
     

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  2. Such a helpful post ! I would had that renting bikes is a good idea to discover a city as well !
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    1. Renting bikes is a GREAT idea!

      Thank you!

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  3. Love these tips! I definitely agree with you about not stressing whilst you're on holiday - enjoy the culture and the food whilst its there! :)
    - www.roisinslatest.com

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    1. Enjoying all that a new place has to offer is definitely the most important thing!

      Thanks, Roisin!

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  4. LOVE this! These are all so on point. We're also constantly trying to maintain our fitness levels while we travel, WITHOUT depriving ourselves of the yummy food around us. The swimming is a great tip since it's such a high calorie burner (I used to swim competitively too!), and so is the walking. We also do tons of hotel/airbnb HIIT workouts. A little effort goes a long way!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. A little effort here and there definitely helps in the long run!

      It's such a balancing act!

      You were a competitive swimmer too?! What's your favourite stroke?

      Thank you, Susie!

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  5. Good tips, I usually lose weight on holiday and this is eating more and drinking cocktails but ... I do enjoy nightlife and lots of dancing , swimming and water aerobic
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    1. YESS!

      Dancing is a very good one! That's a brilliant way to stay in shape whilst enjoying a night out!

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  6. Some great tips here. Holidays are for enjoying yourself, not worrying! You can worry at home!

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  7. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    www.gloryofthesnow.com

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    1. Happy to be of assistance, Magda!

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  8. These are such good tips! I needed this motivation to keep up with some level of fitness when I'm away in a couple of weeks.
    xx Fiona
    www.newenglandgothic.blogspot.com

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    1. You're going away!
      That's very exciting! I'd love to know if you use any of these tips to stay in shape!

      HAPPY TRAVELS!

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  9. These are great tips! I'm always conscious of my weight especially when I visit countries where food is a major aspect of the trip. x Nikita

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    1. Thanks, N!

      I wish I were less conscious of my weight whilst away. I'm working on it, though!

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  10. Such a beautiful post, super gorgeous I love it!

    Can we follow eachother? Let me know on my blog and I will follow back immediately xo

    BLOG: GorisHelena

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  11. Loved reading this post! I feel like I sometimes even loose weight when traveling because even though I eat so much I also walk a lot! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. YES!

      Walking is a brilliant one for staying in shape. I don't know about you, Rebecca, but I tend to 'melt' way in the summer, too!

      THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY AND READING!

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