Keeping fit on holiday

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know I recently went on holiday to Lanzarote, so I thought I’d share what I did to keep active. Although food wasn’t the initial reason I decided to run on holiday, it was definitely motivation. Each day I was burning around 1500 calories just from cardio, meaning I was able to basically eat whatever I wanted without going over my daily calories. Obviously that wasn’t the most beneficial thing for my body but it was a holiday so I didn’t worry too much. Also, doing my runs in the morning meant that I didn’t have to worry about anything for the rest of day and could focus on relaxing (what holidays are for right).

This is the first holiday I’ve been on where I’ve actually made an effort to keep up my fitness and I really enjoyed it and I definitely felt less guilty about all the snacks and burgers I was eating (full day of eating – holiday edition coming soon.) I knew I wouldn’t be sticking to my training plan 100% but I did what I could and was pretty flexible. Our hotel overlooked the sea so I planned to run along that. Turns out that path was only about 0.75mi long so I had to go on a little adventure…

Run no.1

On our first morning, I threw on the lightest pieces of clothing I had and went for a run. I got to the end of the path and got to what looked like a dirt buggy track. I didn’t know if I was even allowed on there so turned around (after taking photos obviously) and ran back to the hotel.

The same day, I went to the gym for a quick upper body workout but could only take about 20 minutes of the outrageous heat. I’ve never sweated so much in such a short period of time, hence why I didn’t do many gym workouts this holiday.

Run no.2 and 3

After bailing out early on my first run I decided to give it another go and it ended up being a dirt track that goes along the sea until you get to the next town. Little did I know, there were multiple staircases and stupidly steep hills to climb along the way. It’s probably a good thing I went at 8am otherwise I would’ve melted.

There’s a few video’s of the route on my Instagam (not skilled enough to post them in here) but here’s some pics:

It was 4.6mi to the next town and back (puerto del carmen) which is about as far as I wanted to run in the heat. I took it pretty easy on my runs and just wanted to enjoy them rather than push myself. It was also a great way to explore the area and find places to go and eat.

Gym

As I said earlier it was ridiculously hot in the hotel gym so I didn’t work out much. But when I was there it was mainly hypertrophy and light dumbbell work. As usual the hotel gym was pretty basic but weirdly, the dumbbells were way better than the machines and cables. Like they’d spent 90% of their budget on just them. I did 2 workouts over the 7 days and both were under 30 minutes. That didn’t stop me getting the biggest pump I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if it was the humidity but when it looks like I have shoulders, you know it’s a serious pump.

So that concludes this post on my holiday workouts. As I mentioned, keep your eyes peeled for my day of eating – holiday edition…it’s a bit different to the day of eating I have posted before. If you haven’t read that yet then go take a look.

Thanks for reading, peace.

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