HOW TO TAKE A VACATION FROM, YOUR VACATION.

One of the most common questions that I get is, "how do I get back "on track" once I've returned from a trip away?"

the truth is, the answer isn't one size fits all. what's motivates me to get back into my routine, isn't necessarily going to motivate someone else. However, I have found that there are a few "do's and Don'ts" when getting REACQUAINTED to your health and fitness routines. 

THE DON'TS 

1. IMMEDIATELY RESUME HIGH INTENSITY WORKOUTS. 

This one is simple, just start with something easy. You've been away from your typical gym routine be it for a long weekend or maybe even a few weeks. The worse possible thing that you can do for your body and I think more importantly, your mind is to jump back into a workout that typically kills you even on your strongest day. Your muscles need an optimal amount of time to get back into the routine of moving at higher intensity levels and knowing that mentally, you're already probably dreading that first time back in the gym just take it easy. Now if we're talking a quick 3-day hiatus from working out then you can probably ignore this one.

2. EXPECT TO THE STARS. 

All I mean by this is, if you taken an extended vacation, chances are you're going to be slower or less power during your initial return. Why? Well let's take a moment and remember all of the drinks and food you've been eating over the course of your time away. You probably were a bit indulgent which is ALL RIGHT, by the way. There will be an adjustment period of your body returning to it's normal functionality so be kind to it and know that you'll get back to where you were before!

THE DO'S 

1. STAY HYDRATED 

You've probably spent the last few days or weeks eating differently than what's normal for you? Maybe you spent sometime on a vacation in Mexico drinking all of the margaritas or maybe you're like me and went to the deep dish capital of the world and consumed nothing but carbs. Point being, you're digestive system is probably all of our wack. A great way to get it back on track though is to hydrate with tons and tons of water (3-5 Liters) and specifically adding some lemon to it as well. This will help your digestive system breakdown the processed foods and flush toxins our of the body. 

2. WORKOUT IN THE MORNING. 

This is one that I personally always live by no matter what. Now, if you're not a morning person like me you can ignore this BUT finding it in yourself to hop our of bed even 45 minutes earlier than you usually do to get in a morning workout is one of the best ways to ensure that you actually get your workout in. I like to think of it as my morning coffee, before my actual morning coffee of course! 

3. PLAN YOUR MEALS AHEAD OF TIME. 

A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content! Words have never been more true in my opinion. When prepping your meals think lean, clean and green and stick to food selections from the outer perimeter of your favorite grocery store. We've all heard this a million times before but this especially holds true when getting back into the swing of your routine. Fresh produce sits on the perimeter of our grocery stores and especially when it comes to green veggies we're talking about consuming tons of fiber. Which, other than water will be an amazing way to flush your system of toxins. 

4. PREPARE FOR THE EXPECTED.

Let's face it, we all want to live our best lives! God forbid you've had a long day at work and need a drink, or your honey wants to take you out for a spontaneous dinner! The more you mentally prepare yourself for the fact that it's life and you're never going to be perfect at it, the better off you'll be in the long run. Have to change workout out plans? That's okay double up the next day. Did a girlfriend ask to catch up over HH?? FUN! Maybe opt for 2 glasses of wine instead of 4, or not!

To me, reconnecting with your motivation after taking some time off  is really about getting into the right mental head space. Remind yourself that it's not about inconveniencing your life  but instead enhancing the quality of it.

-XX 

Sha