Leaving town for a Summer get-away? If you’re not careful, your trip could quickly derail that momentum you’ve worked so hard to create!
We don’t want your your will-power and enthusiasm to disappear before you return home. It’s far too easy to settle into relaxation mode and far too difficult to get that ball rolling again.
There are plenty of strategies and techniques out there for staying fit on vacation, but most are fairly complicated. We’re not going to give you a list of 27 things to remember in order to avoid those vacation pounds – you are getting away to relax, after all! We’ll keep this simple and effective.
The following 2 steps are all that you need to take with you on your vacation to ensure that you come back looking and feeling amazing.
Step #1: The 1/3 Rule Most vacation pounds are gained as a result of constant indulgence. Each meal becomes an opportunity to eat your heart out to the tune of “I’m on vacation!”
Look, we get that you’re on vacation and want to enjoy the richer tastes of life, but doing so at every meal is ultimately going to do a lot of damage. Irreversible? Of course not. Frustrating? Hugely! Not only will your body respond to the excess food, it will also respond to the inconsistency that is your vacation. Timing is off, food content is different, sleeping patterns change. That’s a lot to take on!
Rather than indulging constantly, I want you to adopt the 1/3 Rule. This means that only 1/3 of your meals ought to be eaten with the mindset of “I’m on vacation.” At this one meal each day you are allowed to eat things that are normally off-limits. Enjoy your favorites and do so with no guilt and no added stress.
At your other 2 meals, you’ll keep things lean and green. Fill up on lots of greens, veggies, and lean proteins. Pass on the breads, grains, potatoes and anything with sugar. Drink water, and avoid beverages that contain calories.
Step #2: The Exercise Rule
This step is just as important as the first one, so don’t drop the ball on this one: Each and every day you must do some form of exercise.
Notice I said some form of exercise. I didn’t say that you had to go to a gym to do a traditional workout. While on vacation, exercise should be diverse and exciting.
Your vacation activities can become your workout. Take a hike, go exploring on foot, swim in the ocean or bike through a foreign town. If you aren’t really able to fit a vigorous activity into your day, then start by doing this body weight routine:
- 20 push ups
- 30 seconds of jump squats
- 20 walking lunges
- 30 seconds of plank hold
- 30 seconds of rest
- Repeat from the top 3 times
Enjoy your vacation! And when you get back into town, call or email us for your Complimentary Fitness Consultation, to ensure you’re well on your way to achieving all of your Summer goals. It’s not an easy time to make big changes, but as always, we are here for you!