Ah! Sweet Vacation. We all need a vacation. Countless studies show the benefits of taking a vacation. Vacations are good for the heart, good for the mind, and good for your relationships. They reduce stress as they reinvigorate. They even improve your productivity when you get back to work.
There are not quite as many studies, however, showing the detriments of taking a vacation. Most of them are right there at your waistline. On vacation, we tend to let go of discipline. We shirk our fitness regimens and allow ourselves special treats. Pastries, lattes, deserts, cocktails, chips, guac…all those delights can and do add up. Comments on Trip Advisor show an average weight gain of 2-3 pounds during a 9-day vacation.
But you can reboot your fitness and get your body back after vacation. Here are 6 fitness tips to get you going:
- Step away from the scale! Step away from the scale and no one gets hurt. The scale cannot weigh your mental health; the clarity you gained while on vacation has no digital equivalent. Stepping on to the scale upon your return home has the potential to spoil the emotional gains you made during your break. Sure you may have made some small weight gains, but how can that compare to your mental health? And a healthy mind can help you reboot your fitness plans.
- Hydrate. Drink more water (of course we have a delicious low calorie beverage suggestion). Dehydration can cause you to feel hungry and eat more. Plane travel is overwhelmingly dehydrating, so is that extra margarita or that double latté. Drinking more water can help you lose weight, help you detox, and just plain make you feel better. Do it.
- Make a plan. You don’t have to step into the CrossFit Box today, though it’s great fun, but do make a plan to take some steps to regain your fitness. Trying to get fit without a plan is a little like trying to find your way around a new city without Google Maps. A plan will give you some actionable steps to get your body back after vacation. Making a plan will create some momentum. It is a great way to get started.
- Detox. We are not necessarily suggesting that you check into the Betty Ford Center or even switch to a strict kumquat juice diet. Instead, try giving up some of the foods that tend to contribute to bloating and discomfort: added sugar, wheat, dairy, red meat… You don’t have to change your lifestyle and become a vegan, but take a three-day break from some of these notorious foods, you’ll feel better. Eat some raw fruits and vegetables. It’s the season and they will make you feel amazing.
- Take a 12-hour break from food. Give your body some time to do the recovery work it was designed to do. Hint: choose the hours between 7pm and 7am to do this 12-hour fast.
- Get enough sleep. Shakespeare’s “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast,” is great for detox. Our cells do their best repair work as we sleep.
Let the joys you experienced and the memories you made during you vacation fuel your fitness reboot. Happy travels.