Have Your Vacation and Be Healthy Too
Ahh, yes, vacation! The word that means you get to relax, enjoy life and not have a worry in the world. Oh, but wait, there's dessert offered every night, eating out almost every meal, the occasional drink (or three) and working out was totally forgotten about up until now. I bet your "YAY VACATION!!" turned into a "Oh.. vacation". BUT, what if I told you it didn't have to be this way? What if I said you could have your time to relax, work out AND eat your cake to? Getting excited? Good, you should be because it can totally be done!
If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I've been in Florida for the past month. I've been keeping up with my workouts for the most part (yes, I've skipped a few days) and I've been eating relatively healthy (yes, I ate dessert a little too often), but you know what? It's okay. Having a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean you've signed a contract saying you will never ever in a million years eat dessert or not exercise again. If that were the case I would say you sold your soul instead of committing to a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle allows you to slip up here and there and allows you to relax. As long as you get back into the swing of things and not go back to old habits then you're golden!
Working out while on vacation doesn't have to take a long time. You could do Kayla's Bikini Body Guide or you could do your own thing. It can be from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. You could workout on the beach (SOO amazing!), workout in your hotel room (I've posted a few of my own hotel workouts on my IG), use the hotel gym, go to a park nearby, the possibilities are seriously endless! I usually did my workouts in the morning before I did anything so I could get it out of the way and enjoy the day ahead and I did them right in my hotel room. I used the bed to do jump squats, the chair for tricep dips and step ups, the dresser for modified plyo push-ups and the floor for ab exercises.
When you eat out don't be too hard on yourself. Have a burger if you want, some ice cream, a piece of cheese cake, a steak, etc. But also keep in mind portion size and make sure you are getting lots of veggies and drinking lots of water. I always had in mind what I wanted before I went anywhere so I wasn't swayed by all the various choices. I found that if I made a decision of what I wanted to eat beforehand, I pretty much never changed my mind once I got to the restaurant.
What if you completely messed up, didn't workout and came home and couldn't get back into the swing of things? First, its OKAY! I bet you had an amazing vacation so just write it off as an amazing 1 or 2 weeks of relaxation. Then, if you really can't get back into it, I'd ask you to remember why you started in the first place. I'd tell you to remember or look at a picture of where you started from and then I'd ask you if you wanted to go back to that. I'm assuming the answer is no. With that in mind, there should be a little bit more motivation to get back to it.
Also, being ethical has something to do with it. Let's face it, we are responsible for our bodies. The correct thing to do is to take care of it. That means exercise and eating right. You have to use your own personal integrity, which I've found to be higher than motivation. I usually don't have the motivation to workout, but I know the right thing to do for my body is to exercise, so I do it. You have to be in control because your body sure isn't gonna exercise itself and no one is going to force you to get on a treadmill. Honestly, one of the biggest things I've found to work was to just suck it up and do it because in the end you feel amazing! You know what they say... no one ever said "Oh, I really wish I didn't do that workout" ;)