Get fit for 2018 – Book a Holiday by Alice Morrison

18/01/2018

 Get fit for 2018 – Book a Holiday by Alice Morrison


Get fit for 2018 – Book a Holiday!

By Alice Morrison

 

I can surely not be alone in pledging to be thinner and fitter with every year that passes? It is like some kind of torture: you eat and drink like a beast over Christmas and then bang! on January 1st you have to pledge yourself to extreme deprivation. I have made and broken more resolutions than I care to think of but I have found something that works for me, and that could work for you.

'I am not depriving myself of anything but, actually, giving myself something to look forward to.'

My solution is to book a trip, or arrange an expedition, that gives me a goal to work towards. It means that I am not depriving myself of anything but, actually, giving myself something to look forward to. Like most people, the minute I try to deny myself something, it becomes the most desirable thing in the world. I have tried some reverse psychology with that i.e. denying myself celery.. but my emotions are cleverer than I am and knew that I was not being totally honest. Suffice to say, I did not start immediately craving celery. Chocolate, however – now that is a different story.

So, looking at trips you could use as a goal to help you stay on the path of fitness and health in 2018, I have come up with my (personal) top 3 and staggered them throughout the year.

 

Alice Morrison Lake Garda

 

1. https://whereaboutsholidays.com/walking-holidays/meran-lake-garda-walking-holiday

A self-guided walking tour from Meran to Lake Garda. I would choose this for my Spring fitness adventure. It is not too tough but would need some good preparation and the days look like a perfect length to get the heart pumping. 18km per day with some nice ascents of around 500m mean that this holiday is very attainable even if you only have a moderate degree of fitness. To prepare, I would walk briskly, or run, for 45 minutes 3 times a week and then make sure I got a long walk in at the weekend, or every other weekend, preferably with some hills involved. At least 3 hours would be a good target. The other thing I would do, is to make sure that at some point beforehand I did some sets of two long days back-to-back. As you can see, this is not an onerous programme, but I guarantee if you do it, you will be surprised at how fit you become. Consistency is the key. If you are already fit, then all you have to do is switch up that walk to a run and you will reap the rewards.

 

Croatia Alice Blog

'What an experience! Kayaking and rafting on crystal clear rivers sounds like a little piece of heaven'

2. https://whereaboutsholidays.com/adventure-holidays/multi-activity/land-of-waterfalls-multi-activity

Summer holidays means family time and this holiday has been designed with that in mind. Plitvice Lakes National Park is a World Heritage Site and has 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, as well as seemingly endless forests. On this trip, you will take a journey down the Zrmanja River by kayak or raft, then raft down the Una River and you will end the week by kayaking down the beautiful Mreznica Canyon. What an experience! Kayaking and rafting on crystal clear rivers sounds like a little piece of heaven. If you want to get the most out of it (and keep up with the kids) it would be worth making sure you have been doing a bit of arm and shoulder work beforehand. Also, a strong core stands you in great stead for these water-based, upper-body-reliant activities. If you can’t get to the gym, then good old-fashioned sit ups, press ups, tricep dips on the edge of the couch and bicep curls with whatever you can find that weighs a bit (tins of baked beans/packet of rice etc) will all work. Aim to do 30 repeats of each, 4 times per week.

 

Fat Biking Alice Blog


3. https://whereaboutsholidays.com/adventure-holidays/fat-biking/fat-biking-in-the-bear-kingdom-cycling-holiday
Fat Biking in the Bear Kingdom sounds like a total blast. This is a tough one, though, and will definitely require some proper training. I imagine you are going to be a pretty keen cyclist to book it. If you are road fit but don’t get out on the trails much, then I would recommend that that is where you focus your attention, as the conditions are likely to be tricky. A couple of weekends mountain biking in the Peak District would probably be a good idea to get your head in the zone. This is one to book early in the year and then use as an excuse for some really good, hard weekends away, or long rides out with the pack. Definitely a bucket-lister.


The real trick to this, though, is to pick something you really like doing, or that you really fancy having a go at, book it and then use it as a goal to get fit for. It won’t feel so much like work getting up early for a walk or a run if you know that in a couple of months, you will be trotting round the vineyards of Italy…. Trust me!