It’s a conundrum. Is it more important to rest or to stick to your fitness plan over vacation? The answer depends on where you are in your fitness journey.
If you’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with healthy eating and exercise and you’re currently on the off-ramp, vacations aren’t good times to get back on track. Use your vacation to de-stress and rest. Work on the third facet of fitness, sleep. And explore the causes of your difficulty sticking to a fitness regimen through journaling and reflection.
If you’ve been able to experience the results of the recent adoption of a healthy eating plan, exercise routine or both, congratulations! You have lots to celebrate. It may be wise to take a break from the strict rules you’ve set up for yourself. But, you don’t want the short hiatus to turn into a set-back. The key is to find a balance between breaking from the norm and incorporating fitness into your vacation.
Allow yourself a little extra lee-way when it comes to eating. Don’t abandon all your healthy-eating rules but, at the same time, give yourself permission to enjoy the local fare in moderation.
When it comes to exercise, replace the dedicated workouts you do at home with vacation exploration by foot, pedal or paddle. Do sit on the beach or by the pool but do some moving in the water, too. Don’t concern yourself with intensity or duration, simply aim to do some type of movement each day of your vacation and you can feel good about staying on track. You might also discover some new, enjoyable modes of exercise to bring back home with you.
Your Journey has Become Your Life
If you have a difficult time remembering what your life was like before exercise and eating healthy, then you’ve made fitness a priority in your life. A vacation is highly unlikely to cause you to abandon it. For you, taking a break from a full workout schedule to work on getting more sleep and rest may be just what you need. When you do feel like breaking a sweat, push yourself beyond your comfort zone by trying something new or revving up an old workout that’s become stale.
Having a vacation strategy that works with your fitness goals, not against them, is a simple way to ensure that you return from vacation refreshed and ready to continue on the road to fit and happier.