Plan ahead for fitness
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Expert advice: how to avoid holiday weight gain.
bodykey coach Steve Mellor
Holidays should be a time to relax and recharge your batteries, not an excuse to take a break from leading a healthy lifestyle and managing your weight. So when you start making your plans, look for destinations that provide opportunities to engage in the types of physical activities that you and your family will enjoy.
Sightseeing is an excellent way to keep fit. Some cities lend themselves particularly well to "sport" sightseeing - for instance, Venice or Amsterdam (where up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike). If you're visiting family, go to one of the local swimming pools or lakes, take along a picnic basket to a park and play frisbee, or look for opportunities to go walking. And, believe it or not, shopping also provides an opportunity for cardio exercise - just think of those shopping bags as weights!
If you’re heading for the beach this summer, there's a lot more to do than just lie around getting a suntan. Swimming and playing in the waves, snorkelling, surfing and water polo are all great exercise, and so is running along the beach. In fact, running on sand is 2.4 times harder than running on hard ground, so you burn more calories! Games on the beach can be just as much fun: beach volleyball is a classic, and children love it. If you bring along some inexpensive toy golf clubs and balls, you can create your own mini golf course; or make the entire beach your playground by taking along water guns and starting a water fight!
One of the fundamental strategies of weight management is to be prepared. Start the day with a nutritious but light breakfast - maybe including eggs, fruit, yoghurt, muesli and brown bread. (If you eat low-fat products, remember that "low fat" often means "high sugar"!) Then, when you set off for your day's activities, take along some bodykey™ bars, shakes and herbal tea, or pack some bodykey soups or a sandwich, including NUTRILITE™ All Plant Protein (see below for a great recipe!). They make delicious, satisfying snacks or small meals.
An extra advantage: not only will these activities help offset food splurges, they'll build family memories, too!
Try this delicious recipe for yourself and prepare for your summer holiday!
Blue cheese sandwich with apple and celery:
Ingredients (serves two)
2 bread rolls (wholemeal if possible)
120g blue cheese (low fat if possible)
1 scoop NUTRILITE All Plant Protein powder
2 celery sticks with leaves
milk or yogurt as needed (low fat)
½ red apple
Process blue cheese, celery leaves and NUTRILITE All Plant Protein in a food processor until smooth. If the spread is too thick, add a little milk or yogurt.
Cut the rolls in half. Slice the apple thinly and dip the slices into lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. Chop the celery. Spread the cheese on each half of the roll. Put the apple slices on the bottom half, and sprinkle with the chopped celery. Cover with the top half - and enjoy your meal!
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