Holiday Tips Part 3 – The Importance of R&R

R&R – rest & recreation… How much of that do we get in our daily lives? If you, like most people, are just “living for the weekend”, then a holiday is the perfect chance to catch up on some much needed sleep or relax your mind by staying active and pursuing a hobby.

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

Unlike weekends, a holiday gives you more time and more opportunities to do a variety of physical activities and invigorate your mind by discovering new places (or doing new things in old places!).

So here are a few things to keep in mind when on a holiday:

1. It’s your opportunity to get quality sleep – don’t waste it! Plan your activities in a way that you get to rest and sleep sufficiently (with the exception of travel days which are always a bit tiring).

2. To help you sleep even better stay active! Walking tours, water sports, cycling, trekking… There is always some kind of physical activity you can partake in wherever you are.

3. Give your mind a break. Try to turn off all the things that usually worry you in your daily life. Focus on enjoying the moment. Look around you, what do you see, feel, smell? Enjoying the present will relax your mind and give it a chance to recover from all the stress.


And finally… Travel more often! You will discover things about yourself, about the world and about others!

“Traveling is one of the easiest ways to become aware of the magic that weaves all of creation together through serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing.” – Adam Siddiq

Serendipity: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. Synchronicity: coincidence of events that appear meaningfully related but do not seem to be causally connected. From



Holiday Tips Part 2 – Spicing up Your Diet

Being on holiday means… Fighting temptation!

It doesn’t have to be all tough and rough though. Going on vacation actually gives you opportunities to reinvent your diet dishes and try new ways of cooking.

Being on holiday in the Mediterranean, my protein sources have been predominantly fishy (coming from a person who does not like seafood!). Yep, being on holiday has made me see fish in a whole new light! White fish with roasted pine nuts? Smoked tuna? Wild salmon? Sure why not!

Oh and the vegetables….  They really do taste like vegetables! Getting a plate full of colorful veggies (purple tomatoes and wild broccoli for example) with every meal, without having to cook them yourself? Yup, that’s another benefit of being on holiday – no cooking and loads of variety!

And let’s not forget the drinks. Don’t feel left out or stuck with just water – have unsweetened ice teas and infused waters instead!

So don’t be afraid to go on holiday – you can enjoy the occasional treat, but the best part is you can still follow your diet, you just need to be a bit creative!

Buon appetito!



Holiday Tips Part 1 – The No Gym Workout

On holiday? Don’t have access to a gym? Don’t worry, here’s what you can do (apart from the good ol’ body weight exercises!):

All you need is a few resistance bands (providing a resistance of 5-30 kg):

And an anchor… Literally!

Of course the sun & sea will give you an extra boost of motivation…

Yup, it’s time to throw all your excuses out!

Enjoy your holiday sun and burn some calories – why not?!

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Travel Workout Kit – What to Pack

Summer is in full swing and if you haven’t gone on holiday already, you most likely are planning to go somewhere soon!

Whether going for a few days or for a few weeks, vacations shouldn’t be used as an excuse to slack off and cause a lot of damage to your health. They do, however, allow for an opportunity to switch things up a bit – different exercises, different locations, different sources of nutrients.

As I’m getting ready for a long holiday, I’ve had to have a good think of what to take to help me stay in shape and not lose all the hard work’s results from the past few months.

Here’s what I’m taking:

Resistance bands 



Luckily most places have dumbbells and some barbells, however to be on the safe side and to add variety I am taking these bands with me.


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Comfort always comes first 😉


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The opportunity to exercise outdoors means I need to have shoes with the right support to avoid strains and injuries.

And a few extras….


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Not sure how sore I will get, but need to keep my muscles flexible by rolling and stretching 🙂

Stay tuned for more holiday tips 😉