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You can’t quite believe how light it is in the evening. Portable barbecues seem to be on sale everywhere. You’ve heard at least three people remark about how hot it is. British summertime is well and truly here.

Staycations are proving to be more popular than ever in the UK this year, with plenty of people deciding to have their holiday close to home rather than attempt travelling abroad due to Covid-19.

If you’ve decided to have a staycation in the UK this summer, there are lots of things to think about. Where you’re going to go and where you’ll stay. What will the weather be like? What should you pack? Maybe you’ve even started checking out local restaurant menus online.

Something you may not have given much thought to is how you’re going to stay healthy on your staycation.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to go for a 5k run at the crack of dawn or not go out for any meals. You’re on holiday after all. It’s a time to relax, recharge your batteries and reward yourself.

However, there are ways you can go on holiday and maintain healthy habits. We’ve put together some tips for how you can stay healthy on your staycation.

Walking

Walking is a wonderful way to stay active during your holiday, no matter your fitness levels. Whether it’s strolling to the shops rather than driving to them or hiking for half of the day – you can find a way of walking that suits you. There are so many beautiful walks you can go on in the UK. From the challenging Yorkshire Three Peaks to the charming Cotswolds Way.  Make sure to go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery!

Alternatively, if you’re having a staycation in a city, why not book a walking tour? Not only is this a great way for you to get your steps in, but it gives you a chance to explore and get a real feel for the city. Bonus: a lot of these tours are free of charge, and who doesn’t love a freebie?

Legs walking through grass
Sunny day on Cornwall beach

Swimming 

Swimming is another way you can stay active during your staycation. Again, there are options for all fitness levels here. From doing a few lengths in the pool to bracing yourself and going wild swimming. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of plunging into the water. Your skin is warmed by the sun and cooled by the water all at once, as you start to swim and revel in what your body is capable of.

Perhaps you fancy following the classic British seaside tradition and having a quick dip into the ocean. The main thing is that you’re moving your body and making the most of your surroundings. After all, the more you enjoy the exercise you’re doing, the more likely you are to do it.

Mindful Eating

Give yourself permission to enjoy your food but remember the importance of moderation. Have an ice-cream while you walk along the beach. Or order a dessert in the restaurant. This could also be an excellent opportunity to practice mindful eating. If you’re unfamiliar, this is when you are fully aware of what and how you’re eating.

Take your time with the food. Allow yourself to savour the taste and enjoy each mouthful to the fullest. You’ll appreciate your food so much more. If you’re interested in finding out more about how mindful eating works, check out our mindfulness podcast.

Two ice-cream cones in front of flowers
Outdoor restaurant table with beer glasses

Alcohol

Now let’s talk about alcohol. Sitting in a beer garden, a cold drink in your hand and the gentle chatter of people enjoying the sunshine with you. Or being out with your friends with the wine flowing as easily as the conversation. We understand that it’s very easy to have lots to drink when you’re on holiday. Especially in nice weather and other people are drinking, too!

Just like with your food, it’s important to consume moderately and sensibly. The recommended UK alcohol intake – for men and women – is 14 units spread out over a week.  If you’re not sure how much a single unit is, there’s a handy guide for you right here. We’d recommend alternating between water and alcohol while you’re drinking.

Hydrate Properly

Speaking of water, this leads us nicely to our final piece of advice for you. Remember to keep hydrated during your staycation. We know the UK isn’t the most tropical of places during the summertime and hot days can be few and far between. However, it’s still important that you keep hydrated. Your body needs water to function. The recommended amount of water is between 6 and 8 glasses a day.  Remember to carry a water bottle with you so you can drink whenever you need to.

Close up of two water bottles

This is your holiday so it’s an opportunity to take some well-deserved time off. However, it’s also a chance for you to look after your body.  If you’re looking for more lifestyle tips, we’ve got a collection of healthy living resources you can use.

We hope you have a fantastic staycation. What are some ways you keep healthy on holiday?

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