So you went away, had a great time on vacation, 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 on Monday morning after your week of less-than-healthy eating… Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints may be a little achy. Your clothes feel tight.
Maybe you are feeling that way right now.
Here are 5 steps to get you back on the fitness fast track after your trip.
Step One: Focus
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.
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.
Try this week’s Featured Fuse Recipe: Quick Chicken Stir Fry below – this is a wonderful, whole food dish.
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: 10-Minute Reboot Workout (Daily)
To get your body back “online” you’ll need to make sure you’re getting those tight hips, ankles, back, shoulders and wrists mobile again. The hours of driving and/or flying have turned your body into a stiff and immobile board, which makes getting fit virtually impossible.
At Fuse we call our daily core and flexibility workouts “REBOOTS”. These workouts get the stiffness out of your body while also engaging that ever so important core.
You’ll need to work on your flexibility and your core every day for the next 30 days to ensure your body is ready to go to the next level.
If you’re in need of a body REBOOT after your busy vacation please email us at info@FuseFitnessStudio.com. We’ll be happy to send you a 10-12 minute reboot workout.