How to keep healthy on holiday
As we’re about to head off on summer holidays, holiday experts at in:spa retreats share their tips on how you can make most of your time away to return healthier, calmer and possibly even fitter after your holiday.
“With the nation focused on the forthcoming sporting summer, fitness holidays and holistic all-inclusives are on the rise. Whatever type of break you have in store you can make it more relaxing and healthier by following these easy steps”, says Kathryn Brierley, co-founder and director of in:spa.
Try a digital detox – or at least turn your phone off for a few hours each day. This will enable you to properly switch off, rather than being open to work or other emails and texts which might keep you in a state of low level stress.
Download a few ‘Yoga Nidra’ recordings from iTunes (we recommend Rod Stryker) and listen to them on your cushioned sunlounger. Yoga Nidra is ‘yogic sleep’ – it invites the deepest state of rest possible while remaining awake and aware, bringing profound relaxation benefits – more mentally beneficial than a 30 minute cat nap.
If you’re wondering how to manage without your regular yoga classes to hand, sign up to yogalgo.com (£12/month) and have access to unlimited yoga classes of varying length and intensity – taught by some great US teachers. Streamed to you wherever you have wifi access at your hotel or villa.
in:spa nutritionist, Maria Ranten, recommends boosting your immune system before you travel, to save you getting ill as soon as you start your holiday. Take probiotics, olive leaf extract, oregano supplements and a good multivitamin a month before you travel and throughout your holiday. This will help you stay well while you’re away, and support your system throughout – keeping your gut healthy when dealing with holiday eating and drinking, and your immune system strong. Order from Nutrilink 0845 0760 402 and mention in:spa for a 10% discount on your order.
Get the MapmyRUN or Mapmywalk app for your phone – you are more likely to stay motivated if you’re recording your runs or walks and noting any progress.
Treat yourself to a TRX training kit. Light, easy to pack and highly versatile for an all-round body workout using your own body weight.
Look after your skin following sun exposure. The sun can sap your skin from the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy. While on holiday, make your own natural exfoliator by mixing lemon juice, rock salt and vitamin E oil and rejuvenate your skin for a healthy glow every evening.
Or, book on the next group in:spa retreat and this will be all taken care of for you! Departing on the 11th July for a week to Southern Spain the price starts from £2195 per person for full board with all activities including daily exercise sessions, a one on one nutrition consultation, hiking, a one on one personal training session, yoga classes and two restorative massages. What’s more there is currently a special offer – receive a £200 discount towards your flights when you book on the 11th July 2012 retreat.
To view all departures at retreats in France, Spain and Morocco throughout the year visit inspa.co.uk.