You may have had an intensive fitness regime before your holiday, or only just started – then this blog is for you!
Martin and I have just come back from an amazing cycling holiday to Cambodia and Vietnam. We cycled a lot (obviously), but we also ate what we wanted every day (usually accompanied by white rice with every meal) and we also drank alcohol on non-school nights, something we don’t do at home.
Personally, I think that is fine and you know my view as a personal trainer on this. I have no problem at all with anyone having a naughty treat or a cheeky midweek glass of wine. There is one thing though,and that is when you first exercise again after a holiday – it’s hard, very hard!
Your body won’t do what it’s told and you feel lethargic and slow in everything you do. Things that were second nature before the vacation become extremely difficult. You might have lifted a certain weight before the holiday, but now you struggle to achieve the same weight. You can run relatively easily before and then two weeks away and you feel so lethargic. Well don’t worry, so do I! In fact, I sometimes wonder if it was even worth going away as the fight back to fitness can be very painful. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s miserable enough coming back to work as it is.
So, fear not. We are all in the same boat. It is tough and you shouldn’t expect the same results as before you went away. In fact, you should moderate your routine and possibly even shorten it as you ease yourself back in for a couple of weeks.
First up, make sure you have a plan, either with your personal trainer, or on your own. Ask yourself “When do I want to return to full fitness?” You will actually be amazed at how quick this can be, especially once you have stopped downing the cocktails!
Secondly, reward yourself with a treat. This can range from a pastry to glass of red. No one gets back to their fitness plan straightway, there has to be a “phasing-out” stage, so don’t be afraid to use this as an incentive.
Finally, think about using a fitness app such as myfitnesspal so that you can monitor your diet and exercise plan and gradually work out how long you need to make a full return to fitness.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly you get results and just think after a couple of weeks you will be counting down the days to your next vacation.
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