Live life to the full: top health tips to prepare for the holidays

The holidays are fast approaching, and this means sun, sea, and sand season has finally arrived. Ready to squeeze back into your old swimsuit and strut your stuff? If it’s a tight fit, fear not – here are some great tips for prepping your mind and body for the holidays.

Get active

Now that it’s getting a little warmer outside, it’s time to take advantage of nature’s bounty and revel in sunshine and fresh air. The gym is great for increasing muscle tone and weight training, but you can’t beat cardio combined with a little vitamin D.

Put your passion into an exercise you love, such as cycling or running, to get the blood pumping; invite a friend and download a fitness app to help you stay on the ball. You’ll feel great from the endorphin-releasing workout in the great outdoors and feel more motivated to stay on track.

Be smart about it – a crash course in fitness can be great, but you need to give your body time to rest between training to ensure better muscle recovery. Many gyms and personal fitness trainers can offer you guidance, and there are many online resources that outline handy workout routines.

Eat right

Adopting a healthy diet means feeling good as well as looking fab. Break up with comfort food and start a love affair with delicious organic produce high in nutrients. This means cutting down on alcohol, drinking more water, and resisting the urge to grab those enticing little snacks that make the rounds at cocktail parties.

Seek out low-fat, tasty treats and diversify your main courses. Foods such as oily fish are beneficial for a high content of omega-3, protein, and vitamins, and vegans can find equivalent attributes in brightly colored fresh fruit and veg.

Responsible use of supplements, such as triphala for weight loss (which you can purchase from ), are also effective, when used alongside a dieting program. It’s easy to find tons of great smoothie recipes online to help you stay focused.

Body care

After all that hard work, it’s time to celebrate your new body and treat yourself to some much-deserved grooming! Add finishing touches by waxing. Prepare your skin the day before by applying a scrub and wait a few days before exposing the waxed area to the sun.

When tanning, use tanning beds sparingly and fake tan to evenly tone your skin after using an exfoliating scrub. It is imperative that you take care of your skin and use sunscreen that matches your skin type as well as sensitivity, especially if you suffer from psoriasis or eczema.

Last but not least, pamper yourself with a spa treatment. It will not only perfect your nails but also help you to relax. Our minds seldom stop ticking, and being able to relax before we depart for vacation gives us a head start. Plan an itinerary, write things down, and finish your tasks one at a time.

Get excited about your new adventure. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, and you’ve earned it. The best part: you’re not only celebrating your new body but also a new lifestyle that will keep you feeling great.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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