How to Stay Active & Eat Well While on Holidays

While holiday time is intended to unwind and relax, it doesn’t mean you have to neglect healthy lifestyle and habits. Just like at home, you have to pay attention to yourself and make sure you follow a proper diet plan and have enough activity. This is especially important if you are on a weight-loss regime or decided to change your eating plan for other reason entirely.  

However, although it may seem hard and demanding, it’s actually easy to stay active and eat well while on holidays. Here are some suggestions on how to do it all and still have a great time while travelling and exploring the world.

Look for outdoor activities

long distance hike

Currently, active holidays are a very popular form of traveling in the world. People travel all around the globe to combine sightseeing, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle. And that means that wherever you go, you will find an opportunity for outdoor activities that will keep you in shape even on your holiday.

The best way to approach this is by researching natural landscapes of the area where you can participate in a group activity such as hikes, or go solo. Remember to pack light with veggies and fruits neatly sliced in the containers or bags and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, look for the activity that is suited for you so you wouldn’t over-exhaust yourself and get sick. Always wear shoes and clothes which are appropriate for the desired type of activity to avoid difficulties that could lead to injuries. You might also want to check out our previous article on what to prepare for a hike.

Go on a picnic

The best way to stay active and eat well is to go on a picnic in nature and maybe even stay the night in a camping area. Of course, this means to ride a bicycle or hike to the picnic area, while carrying all your gear and food which demands careful packing. However, try to find a more challenging route to get to the desired area so you could really have a fully active experience and get those muscles going.

When it comes to food, you can bring something that you can spread on the blanket and eat, or prepare at the spot. In both cases, you should consider the weight you will be carrying as well as how to properly store the food so it wouldn’t get spoiled. Avoid carrying raw meat and opt for vegetables such as mushrooms that are also rich in protein and are delicious in salads and prepared on the barbecue.

Visit the local market

Not everyone is active the same way and some people can’t go on long hikes or be exposed to prolonged periods of demanding activity. But that doesn’t mean they still can’t have an active holiday and have fun. Since less active people have to pay very special attention to what they eat, then visiting a local market may be an ideal activity for them.

If the destination you are traveling to has a local market or farms, it is a perfect opportunity for a brisk walk and buying healthy foods. Some markets even have food vendors where you can buy delicacies made from local and fresh ingredients. Of course, you will still have to pay attention to what you eat, but you will have a wide choice to pick from, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Take your foods with you

If you are going on an active holiday where you will be participating in prolonged periods of activity like cross-country cycling or several-days hikes, then you should bring essentials: plenty of water, healthy snacks or shakes with protein powder in order to nourish your body properly. Moreover, pack fruits and vegetables to have for a quick and healthy snack, as well as energy bars since you won’t have a lot of time to cook and you need to power your physical exertion.

Say no to the need to splurge

The moment you find yourself to a different place, you may be feeling the need to splurge on everything. While spending the whole day by the pool with a cocktail or getting massages does sound great, it also means that you are not being active. Pair that with eating more than normal because the cuisine is tasty and you can’t have it at home, you will have a lot of unspent calories on your hands.

So, instead of going overboard with leisure and food, try to balance the two in a healthy way and find a combination that will suit you. For example, if you want to spend the day at the spa, drink cucumber water and eat light foods with fewer calories and high nutritional value. And if you know you will be eating a lot on one day, go on a hike or biking the next day to spend those calories. Of course, this is not something to practice all the time, but occasionally, you can indulge yourself if you find the balance.


Going on a holiday doesn’t mean you should neglect yourself. Find out about the most popular activities in the area and do your research about the local delicacies and produces. That way you will stay active and eat well without seeing it as a burden but rather a way to have the best possible holiday.


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