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6 ways you’re exercising on holiday without realising it…

6 ways you’re exercising on holiday without realising it...

By Eleanor Jones, cosmopolitan

1. Swimming
Whether it’s splashing in the sea or a few lengths in the hotel pool, pretty much any time spent in water is good for you. Swimming is one of the most comprehensive workouts you can get, working nearly every muscle, and because it’s super gentle on the joints, almost anyone can do it – even those with an injury, or who aren’t in the best shape they could be. Just 30 minutes of leisurely front crawl burns around 250 calories, and there’s 260 in a Magnum ice cream, so you’re at least breaking even (just remember to leave 30 minutes after munching to avoid cramp!)

2. Walking
City-breakers, rejoice – while you’re strolling around your sunny destination of choice (and taking many, many selfies in front of the local tourist hotspots) you’re probably burning off your massive hotel breakfast too. Depending on how speedy or slow your pace is, you could blitz up to 100 cals every 30 minutes. And FYI, you get infinite amounts of bonus points if your walk happens to be on sand, because it’s killer for your calves.

3. Shopping
If your vay-cay is more about picking up some bargains (do you even know how cheap Zara clothes are in their native Spain?!), you’ll get all of the benefits of walking with the added bonus of carrying the bags with all of your purchases in them – a practice that’s fab for toning your arms. The heavier the carrier bags, the better it is for your muscles, and if that’s not a good enough excuse to pick up that truly incred pair of chunky heels, frankly, we don’t know what is.

4. Dancing
If you’ll be hitting the dancefloor. This is great news for your calorie credit/debit – an hour of your finest dancing will burn almost 400 calories, which should be enough to void the extra wine you thought was a fantastic idea at the time. Keep yourself hydrated by alternating your boozy drinks with a glass of water!

5. Weightlifting (kinda)
Okay, so we’re not actually suggesting you pack a mini set of barbells, but lugging around that heavy suitcase is no mean feat – especially if you’re going long haul. Carrying a 15lb load (equivalent to a small child!) for an hour burns approximately 240 cals – or a bar of Dairy Milk, 5 Jaffa Cakes, or a very large handful of jelly sweets. If you’re super serious about working on your fitness during your trip, wheel your case around the terminal a few extra times. Hey, every little helps!

6. Sit ups
Well, every time you gracefully elevate (read, begrudgingly bend) yourself from that sun lounger to reach your books/SPF/beverage, you’re basically working your abs!

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