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Holiday Health Workouts


Your holiday is your time to feel good. Have you thought about introducing a little light exercise to maximise that positive feeling? Endorphins soon start flowing through your body, as the helpful pick me up hormones instantly improves your mood. You might find that they help you relax and even enhance your sense of wellbeing.

You don’t need a gym, equipment or personal trainer to keep up good habits on holiday.

Elliott Reid, founder of the Revitalize Health and Fitness Clinic, has prepared a holiday workout that is easy to follow. Try the whole routine, or mix and match exercises to suit your ability. With the privacy of your own villa, there’s the added benefit of no prying eyes!

You’ll find your tone remains, your flexibility improves, and you’ll enjoy the hard earned rest for your body and your mind. So lunge your way to a stress free state and feel those stresses melt away as you stretch – here’s to a healthy and happy holiday!

Backward Lunges

Tones bum and thighs

Difficulty: 8/10

60 seconds

Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Take a large step backward and lower your body toward the floor. Both legs should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Rise back up and repeat.

Press Up to Plank

Tones core and arms

Difficulty: 8/10

60 seconds

Start in a press up position with feet shoulder width apart. One arm at a time, lower yourself to the ground into a plank position and hold. Rise back up into the press up and repeat.

Leg Lift Crunches

Engages abdominal muscles

Difficulty: 7/10

60 seconds

Using your core muscles, curl your body off the floor and lift your legs. Hold for a few seconds and lower to the starting position.

McKenzie Push Ups

Stretches the spine and the hips

Difficulty: 5/10

30-60 seconds

Lie face down on the floor with your hands under your shoulders. Gently lift your upper body so your arms are elongated and hold.

Wall Squat

Opens shoulders, hips and tones legs

Difficulty: 5/10

60 seconds

Back against a wall, position your feet shoulder width apart. Lower your body into a squat position until your thighs are parallel to the floor and hold.

Hip Raises

Tones bum and thighs

Difficulty: 3/10

60 seconds

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, arms by your sides. Raise your hips forming a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Hold for five seconds, then lower back to the starting position.

Repeat the routines 3 times for a complete workout.

Follow Elliott on Instagram @elliottjohnreid

Rebecca Blakeburn

Rebecca Blakeburn is a Senior Communications Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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