YOUR BREAK IS BOOKED AND THE BAGS PACKED, BUT BE SURE TO FOLLOW THESE TOP TIPS TO HELP YOU SURVIVE THE TRAVELLING AND FEEL ON TOP OF YOUR GAME THROUGHOUT YOUR STAY
Treat yourself in moderation
A holiday isn’t complete without delicious food and some treats, but a common trap is enjoying too many of these treats that you usually keep to a minimum in your daily routine back home. If you spend your whole time away eating sugar-filled treats and consuming too much alcohol, your energy levels are likely to be compromised due to the dips in your blood sugar levels. So, where possible, aim to reduce the amount of biscuits, sweets and junk food.
Mindfulness in your pocket
You’re finally at the beach, ready to relax and forget about the worries that you left at home. Alas there’s still that niggling feeling that perhaps you should check your emails just in case… Sound familiar? Slow down and spend some time focusing your attention on the present moment – experiment with the brand new mindfulness platform, ThinkWell LiveWell. It can help you become aware of how you think, how you feel, what you do, and then decide what you want to change, and how – it can help you keep on track.
Chia seeds for the win
Lily Soutter, London’s leading nutritionist (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) stresses the importance of fibre and recommends you take yours with you. “On average, the UK population are only consuming half their recommended daily fibre intake. Whilst abroad this figure may drop even further! Fibre is essential for healthy digestion and preventing constipation. Chia seeds can be a fast-track way of increasing intake; just 2 tbsp. provide 11g fibre. These little seeds can be easily packed into a suitcase and can be consumed as a snack or sprinkled over your breakfast.”
Prepare with your probiotic
“Definitely take a probiotic supplement up to two weeks before departure, but it is never too late to even start when you arrive at your destination,” suggests Dr Marilyn Glenville. For travel it is easier to have a freeze-dried probiotic that only gets activated when you swallow it, rather than one that needs refrigeration.
It’s easy to become dehydrated whilst flying, as the air inside a plane cabin is very dry, so make sure to drink plenty of water. The one bottle of water supplied by the flight attendants on long-haul flights won’t be enough, so to avoid the hassle of constantly having to ask for water, bring along your own filtered water bottle and refill it with tap water on the plane. When sunbathing, drink before you get thirsty, and go easy on the Strawberry Daiquiris!
Care for your skin
Long-haul flights are known to take a toll on skin. To make sure you reach your destination looking fresh and rested, hydrate your skin at regular intervals throughout the flight. Invest in some high-quality natural moisturiser.
Take the time to move
Get up and walk around the cabin – it will help to keep your circulation going as often as you can. Even though there may not be anywhere in particular to walk apart from up and down the aisles, moving around the plane once in a while is much more conducive to getting some healthy rest.
You spend 50 weeks of the year going to the gym or doing whatever exercise you do, so don’t let it go to waste for two weeks. Add some lengths to your ‘bombing’ in the pool, and walk off your overindulgences after meals. And hey, some press-ups on the balcony when you wake up won’t hurt when it comes to showing off the bod around the pool.