As I’m unwinding from a 3-week vacation, and less then stellar workout regime, I thought I would share some tips with you to “get back to business” and make your health and fitness a priority once again.
Maybe you went away, saw a new part of the world, and now you’re back. You ate, you drank, you relaxed, and then you ate some more.
And now it’s time to face the music.
As you wake up after the Labour Day weekend (which generally signals the end of summer, and back to reality), and less-than-healthy eating… Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight. And you’re ready to reclaim your health and fitness once again.
Maybe you are feeling that way right now, I know that I am!
Here are 5 steps to get you back on the fitness fast track after your trip.
Step One: Focus
Your vacation happened. You ate things from the “never eat these” list, you drank more that you should have…but now it’s over.
Draw a line in the sand. You’re back home so the bad eating stops now.
If you’re serious about your fitness goals, then your vacation was the exception, and not the rule. Don’t beat yourself up for letting loose on your trip. Simply get back up, dust yourself off and get focused.
Step Two: Hydrate While travel days can take on many forms, the end result is most often dehydration and water retention. The only way to restore your balance is to get hydrated.
Your first priority in getting back on track is to drink plenty of water throughout your first few days home. Start with a tall glass of water in the morning, and carry a water bottle with you to sip throughout the day.
Don’t add any artificial sweeteners or stimulants to your water – these will sabotage your hydration efforts. For flavor, add sliced fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables to your water, just like at the spa.
I have to admit, Coconut Water fresh from the tree is SUPER Hydrating. Now, that I’m back in Canada, I have to get my fix of Cocos Pure!
Step Three: Cleanse
For your first few days home I need you to be extra picky about what you eat. Stick with only whole, real foods like fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Whole, real foods will help to restore balance and block out cravings.
Don’t eat any packaged foods for the next few days. This means no snack foods, processed meat slices, dairy, baked goods or alcohol… just for a few days:-D.
Step Four: Rest
As relaxing as vacation days are, most end with the feeling of exhaustion. Make catching up on sleep a priority over the next few days.
When your body is low on sleep, it becomes easier to make poor eating choices. You’re also less likely to get back into your workouts if you don’t give your body a chance to rest.
Aim for getting a full 8 hours of sleep each night.
Step Five: Exercise
It’s time to sweat out all those vacation indulgences. So lace up your athletic shoes and put on your favorite gym clothes. When you start your first workout, ease in slowly. Take the time to warm up and stretch your muscles before powering up to a solid 30-minute routine.
I have just the exercise plan for you – one that will not only help you recover from your vacation, but will help keep you motivated and going strong in the future.
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Also stay tuned, because I’ll be sending you some information as I’ll be launching my 30-Day Challenge to get you back into the swing of things to make sure you finish 2013 in the BEST shape of your life.
Now, I’ve got to follow my own advice and get outside! I Can’t wait to see you in VIP SHRED.
May the SHRED be with you,