14 Workout Ideas While on Holiday aka How To Play on Holiday

Last weekend I went away with a few friends. My clients will be happy to know that yes I am human, alcohol and greasy food was consumed, albeit in moderate proportions. I did not drink until I passed out, nor did I eat until I was stuffed. Just for the record, I had not planned on creating this post beforehand, the photos below genuinely unfolded over the weekend.

Most people struggle to maintain their fitness level when away from home because unfortunately, most people split time into relaxing time, work time and exercise time. This model is flawed because when on holiday all you want to do is relax. Structured exercise time too often seems like work and therefore gets ditched.

I propose that exercise on holiday or even in life in general should be closely related to play (unstructured fun). As Mark Sisson mentions in his recent post, play is often cut from out lives after leaving childhood. It is however an important part of stress relief and balance in your life. You can see by the smiles that even my non-exercising friends found the activities below fun.

Even if you are one who hits the gym on your holidays, take a break. Get outside in the sun and do an unstructured workout on the beach.

Below are some ways I exercised played while away for the weekend.

1. Jump

2. Do Crunches

3. Swing

4. Do Pullups

Even Ryan can do chinups

Don’t forget to enjoy the view

5. Do Pushups

6. Climb

7a. Help a friend climb

7b. Get help climbing

8. Jump from high

9. Roll something heavy

Don’t forget to get some help

10. Roll something heavier

11. Walk

12. Chase

13a. Find a tyre

13b. Get help lifting

13c. Accept defeat

14a. Find a log

14b. Lift the log


Thanks to Zoe for taking photos.

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Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Sugar-Free Cream Cheese Icing

A slice of Awesome

Modified from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. Apart from the cream cheese this recipe is completely Primal.

This cake is very filling so you won’t need a giant slice. It is so good that you could feed it to your most fussy relative without hearing a complaint. Just don’t tell them it’s healthy.


  • 3 cups Almond Meal
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • 1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil (Macadamia Oil works well too)
  • 2 Tbsp Honey, heaped
  • 5 Eggs
  • 3 cups grated Carrot
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts
  • 250g block Cream Cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Honey, heaped
  • 1/2 Lemon, squeezed



  1. Preheat oven to 160 C
  2. Grease two 9 inch circular cake pans with butter
  3. In one bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (almond meal, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice).
  4. In another bowl whisk together the wet ingredients (honey, grapeseed oil, eggs).
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
  6. Fold in raisins, carrots and walnuts.
  7. Scoop the mixture evenly into the two cake pans.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
  1. Combine butter, cream cheese, honey and lemon juice.
  2. Mix together well, you may need to leave it out for a while to soften.
  3. Spread over the top of the first cake and leave a dollop in the middle.
  4. Place the other cake on top like a sandwich. Use the rest of the icing on top.


Sugar-Free Baked Apples

Excellent healthy desert

Baked Apples were a favourite of mine as a child. However, these sugar laden delectables are not as healthy a desert as they might seem.

I decided to create a sugar free version, using honey and dried fruit to replace the sweetness. I’ve put no amounts so that you can change them as you see fit depending on your personal preferences.


  • Apples (red are my favourite)
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Walnuts/Pecans
  • Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
  2. Add equal parts of honey and butter (3 Tbsp each should be enough for 4 apples) in a saucepan and melt over low heat.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and mix in the raisins, chopped dates, nuts and cinnamon.
  4. Peel and core the apples. Make sure you make a large enough hole for the stuffing.
  5. Place apples in a baking pan and pack full of saucepan mixture.
  6. Bake for around 45 minutes or until apples are soft.
  7. Allow 20 minutes for apples to cool before serving with heavy cream or eat the next day for breakfast with full fat Greek yogurt

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