It’s that time of year again. For us New Englanders we can see the end of winter, and the start of that warmer weather. College spring breaks are coming up, and school vacations will be here before you know it. I myself am headed on a Cruise next week! A vacation is a great thing for the mind, body, and soul. However, how do you keep that body you have been working on while still enjoying your vacation? Well, that’s why you read my stuff, right?
1. Realize it didn’t happen overnight.
You didn’t become 50lbs overweight in a week, and you certainly aren’t going to gain 10lbs of muscle in a week. It took a long time to get where your body is today, whether that be positive or negative. Realize, that a week of self-enjoyment on a vacation isn’t going to ruin everything. That being said, what happens more often is that a week of over zealous eating, drinks by the dozens, and zero activity can continue when you come back from the sunshine. It is important to realize that your goal can’t be achieved in a week, but don’t let that week turn into weeks, months, and years.
2. Plan ahead.
A vacation is a time to enjoy yourself. If you want to work on staying fit during your vacation, you must plan ahead. Whether it’s weeks ahead using this vacation week as a deload week, or simply realizing your volume of workouts will probably drop off.
3. Take a dip.
Most vacations have a pool. Hell, that’s what most vacations consist of, lounging by the pool. There is nothing wrong with lounging by the pool reading a book, but try to do a few laps every once in a while. Swimming is one of the most aerobically challenging movements out there. It can burn a ton of calories, and is a great total body workout. So, instead of floating on a raft with a Margarita for 8 hours, take 1 hour and get in some activity in the pool.
4. Smart choices.
If you really want that moose cake, go for it. Hell, you’re on vacation. However, try to plan out when you’re going to over indulge in food. Try to plan a workout of some kind on a day that you know you will overeat. The workout will keep that metabolism up a little higher when your eating that cheesecake.
5. Reward yourself.
All year you bust your ass to get strong, build muscle, improve performance, and look good naked. One week isn’t going to ruin it. If you want to have 2 brownies, go for it. That fancy drink with umbrella, chug it! Being so strict all the time is not sustainable, it will eventually cause a breakdown, you need to reward yourself.
A lot of you probably came to this looking for a quick fix. Maybe you were hoping to find a secret to lose 10lbs while still on vacation. I will tell you something, there are no secrets. If you dedicate yourself and work hard, results will happen. If you keep looking for the quick fix, living in that microwave society, you will never get results. Use a vacation as a time to catch up on that book, shoot the shit with family, and enjoy that drink you would never have anytime else. Just realize, Monday morning when you get back into the gym, you grind. Reward yourself for what you do, enjoy your vacation, and then work your ass off as soon as you get back.
What do you think? Do you over eat on vacation? How about exercising while on vacation? I would love to hear your comments, either here or on Facebook!