Life After Vacation

Last week I wrote about some tips that could make your vacation fun while not totally running your health and fitness goals. Well, what if that didn’t work? Or maybe you found this blog too late and already ate all you can eat ice cream for breakfast and stayed sedentary at the beach and read most days. Now what? Here are a few tips to use when vacation ends and you return to the “real world”.

Find your routine

Hopefully you have found a routine that works for you when you are at home. If not, stay tuned for our next post to work on this step. The best way to get back on track is to get back into the routine that has worked for you. It is easy after a vacation to have thing pile up at work/home and to push back your exercise and wellness routines. DO NOT DO THIS. There will always be reasons to not exercise or not focus on your wellness. You created a routine that helped you meet your goals, get back to it as soon as you can no matter how much you have to do around the house.

Ease back into activity

You may have just taken 2 weeks or more off from exercising and you are excited to get back at it. The last thing you want is to push yourself like you had before your break and sustain an injury or setback. Realize that you will have lost some strength or endurance (or both) and that you may not be able to lift/run/swim/stretch with as much intensity as you had before. Your body will thank you for the 1-2 weeks of easing back into exercise, rather than going from sedentary to marathon runner in a few days. Be smart, remember that the first rule of exercising is to not hurt yourself while doing it.

Be realistic

Take a step back and be realistic with how much (or little) you did while you were gone. This little self-assessment will help you develop a plan of attack when it comes to restarting your exercise plan. While I suggest trying to resume your routine, if you have more work to complete than you can handle because of your off time, cut back to exercising 3x a week until you get caught up. Being realistic about your situation will allow you to both get caught up and reach your goals at the same time.

Review your goals

It is always a good idea to take stock of the goals that you made this year, but when you return from a break is one of the best times. Not only will this give you motivation to jump back into your routine, but it will allow you to adjust any goals that may need some tweaking. You should still make sure that you are making SMART goals, but having some time to reflect in a less stressful environment may have given you the clarity to make some changes to your current set of goals.

Ian is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and all around active person. Comment below to ask questions, give feedback or interact with him!