Whether your away for a week or even a month, it's important to enjoy your holiday first and foremost! You won't lose all your gains and fitness from a few weeks away, but still, it would be nice to enjoy a break away while still maintaining our hard earned gym gains.
Here are a few key strategies to keep the positive momentum going whilst on holiday!
1. Enjoy yourself
This has to be the goal. Despite what people think, holidays can be a time where you can actually make progress towards your goals rather than aim for "damage limitation". You just need to plan, to set out a series of small goals before you set off, which will make things far easier to stick too.
Exercise doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. A holiday gives you so many options to get some exercise in. Compared to a normal day in the office, the average person burns far more calories when they are away. If you have access to a gym, then great, get your workouts in, but don't beat yourself up if not. Think about some other forms of exercise: walking, swimming, hiking, skiing, even water aerobics – these all count!
A holiday should be the time to get away from daily stress. Just by switching off, laying in the sun, treating yourself to a massage, doing some yoga or ignoring the phone, you’ll be reducing your stress levels. There are many studies that show how stress can have an impact on weight loss.
4. Get back into your routine afterwards
Lots of people will come back from holiday and feel like they have ruined or undone the progress they have made, often based purely on the scales. Before you go, just remember that your holiday is not going to mean failure. Focus on the positives, the extra movement and the reduced stress, enjoy your food and drink but employ moderation where possible. Relax and get back into the swing of things when you return!
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