Unhealthy Traps To Watch For On Your Holiday

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  February 01, 2019
  • If you want to stick to your healthy fitness and food habits, read this before you fly!
    1 / 8 If you want to stick to your healthy fitness and food habits, read this before you fly!

    Going on holiday this Chinese New Year? Enjoy your trip and have fun, but do watch out for these unhealthy food and fitness traps so you come back rejuvenated and re-energised for the months ahead.

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  • Bingeing on the buffet breakfast
    2 / 8 Bingeing on the buffet breakfast

    Starting right  in the morning, you’re greeted by an irresistible breakfast spread. Instead of piling everything on your plate, consider how a regular breakfast for you normally looks like and control your portion. It’s ok to try out a few things you normally wouldn’t have, but don’t go crazy loading up on all the cheeses, sugary pastries and juices.

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  • Not topping up your sunscreen or using enough
    3 / 8 Not topping up your sunscreen or using enough

    A few drops of sunscreen may be enough for your face, but it doesn’t offer enough protection. Here’s a tip, apply one round, eat your breakfast and get dressed, then apply a second layer when the first one has dried. And remember to top up your sunscreen every two hours at least!

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  • Overdoing the coffee breaks
    4 / 8 Overdoing the coffee breaks

    It’s so tempting to pop into a cafe when there’s one on every street beckoning with a display case of pretty treats. Instead of filling yourself up with calorie-dense cakes and caffeine, or sampling every version of pie you spot, limit your coffee breaks and enjoy a proper meal at the appropriate mealtimes.

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  • Waking and sleeping late
    5 / 8 Waking and sleeping late

    There’s much to see and do, but don’t stretch out every day so that you end up being short on sleep and waking late, which throws your circadian rhythm out of balance. Instead, if possible, adjust to the new time zone in a way that lets you wake up early so you can make the most of the daytime.

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  • Getting stressed out
    6 / 8 Getting stressed out

    Getting the whole family out of the hotel as soon as possible can be an ordeal, as can trying to navigate the transportation system and tackling a long list of things to see and do. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You’re on holiday! If your trip is making you more uptight than your day to day life, reassess your plans to see where you can make adjustments. 

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  • Not drinking enough water
    7 / 8 Not drinking enough water

    Drinking water may be pushed out of your mind when you’re out and about, but don’t wait till you feel thirsty before gulping down H2O. Set alarms on your phone to remind yourself to drink water, and remember that soda, coffee and tea don’t count. They’ll make you even more dehydrated.

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  • Not exercising enough
    8 / 8 Not exercising enough

    Just a few days off from your routine is enough to make you feel winded when you next hit the gym. To keep up your fitness, do a few quick laps in the hotel pool, hit the gym, swim in the ocean or sprint around the neighbourhood. It’ll get your energy revved up for the day. No, walking all over town doesn’t really count when you’re just popping in and out of cafes or indulging in plenty of treats. 

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