How to stay fit during your vacation
You’ve finally gotten the hang of your workout routine, and then the holidays arrive!
The good news is that taking a break from exercise every once in a while is actually good for you! It allows your body time to recover and gives you more energy to workout in the long run. On the other hand, taking too much time off can impede your overall fitness progress, possibly discouraging you from getting back to it.
So, how long of a break is too long and what can you do about it?
I need a break!
A break from exercise affects the body differently depending on the type. For example, it takes less time to lose your cardio endurance than to lose muscle mass. After just a few days, you may begin to notice a decrease in your running performance for example. While on the other hand, you won’t notice any significant loss in muscle until after about a 3-4 week break from strength training.
Luckily, maintaining a minimum level of activity in your daily life can prevent a considerable drop in your fitness during your next break! Try these simple tips to stay fit during your next vacation:
Tip #1: Choose to be active
While you’re on vacation, you don’t have to go ‘full sloth’ in order to relax and unwind. Instead, you can choose activities that get you moving. For example, while exploring a new city, choose a walking tour over a bus tour. Or, while you’re on the beach, take part in water sports like surfing or beach volleyball with your family. The options are endless, even if you’re spending your vacation at home, you can go for walks through a holiday market or go on a hike and explore a park close by.
Tip #2: Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water will give you the energy to be active, improve your mood and prevent you from eating too much. Staying hydrated also means avoiding over doing it on the holiday spirits and sugary drinks. Opting for water will replace unnecessary snacking and help you manage your overall hunger so you’ll be less likely to reach for another serving of four cheese lasagna or indulge in a chocolate bar in between meals.
Tip #3: Short HIIT bodyweight workouts
Doing a seven to ten minute high-intensity workout with bodyweight training each day can give you about 80% of the benefits of working out everyday. Plus, making time for seven minutes a day is a lot easier when you’re on the road or when your schedule is booked up with family time. Seven offers tons of high intensity bodyweight workouts for all fitness levels that you can do anytime, and virtually anywhere. Just pick a focus area or your main workout goal and find a workout that’s perfect for you.