Let's be honest, working out is not usually a priority while we're on holiday. It's good to take a break from your regular exercise regime to enjoy yourself and recharge the batteries. Try to enjoy the break for what it is, a break. So, what happens when you arrive back from your trip? Here are 5 tips that will help you get back into the gym after a holiday.
1. Start with small steps
If you were doing three or four intense 45 minute sessions prior to your holiday, you may need to take some baby steps in building back up to that level. Slow and steady is the key. It all depends on how long a break you had and how much you consumed while away, so bear that in mind.
2. Take the intensity down a notch
It may be tempting to jump straight back into the weights you are used to lifting, but a better idea is to ramp up slowly to your previous numbers. Try reducing your total sets or ease back on the amount of weight you use to start off. By easing back into things, you'll be back at full tilt in no time, and maybe even stronger!
3. Plan your workouts in advance
Treat your workouts as you would a work meeting or doctors appointment by planning them in advance and putting them in your calendar. This will also help establish a routine where hitting the gym will become a part of your week again.
4. Sign up for a race or event
You know what's motivating? Having an event in the calendar. Most training plans start at six weeks, and progress in intensity each week, so this can offer a sure fire way to ease back into your fitness routine if you're up for the commitment involved!
5. Get a workout buddy or do small group training
To stay motivated and accountable, why not recruit a workout buddy to join in on the fun or join small group training session. This also helps eliminate excuses, so you can catch up on what's been happening while you were gone and still squeeze in that workout! Working out alongside others can be that little extra push you need to stay on track and do little bit extra.
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