You made it! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all year long- summer vacation! You’ve been working out, eating clean, trying on dozens of swimsuits, figuring out where to go and finally this is all behind you! Now you can just relax. Right?! But wait a minute! Should you just completely stop working out? What if you lose all those gains and results you worked so hard towards achieving all year? You won’t believe how many times I got asked these questions in the past month. Since you finally have some free time, sit down comfortably, pour yourself a glass of rosé and lets talk about the main topic of the summer season-should you take a break from exercise on vacation.
The Shocking Truth
You might actually heard this somewhere before and wondered if that’s true-“we don’t get fitter during our workouts.” Yep. That is true. The “getting fitter” part comes afterwards. While you eat and rest, your body gets to repair itself, making itself stronger and more efficient than before.
By working out consistently and progressing modestly-stressing the body to stimulate change, and then letting it recover and adapt-overtime we find ourselves running longer, lifting heavier weights, completing the whole set without a stop and just feeling and looking more fit.
But here is a trick-we usually don’t allow our bodies to completely recover between workouts. Some of the fatigue stays with us, gradually accumulating during long periods of consistent training and that leads to loss of motivation, difficulty sleeping, chronic exhaustion, etc.
So, should you take a break from exercise on vacation-especially if you’ve been staying consistent with your workouts-absolutely! Once you are back from vacation, you will not only feel more energy, but also motivation, to get back to your regular workout routine.
How Long Should Be My Fitness Break
Make the Most of Your Time Off
No, I am not referring to dancing on the tables at the Sea Satin in Mykonos, even though its a must when you go there. I am referring to staying active and finding activities that you normally don’t do throughout the year.
What About My Diet
Now of course eating clean is another story. Stick as close as possible to eating healthy-lots of fresh fish, meat, veggies and fruits. Tis the season! Of course, since you are on vacation, you can throw in an extra cheat meal during that week, have a gelato after dinner or an extra margarita at lunch (why not!). This will give your metabolism a needed change as well.
There are numerous reasons why I encourage you to stick close to eating clean. The main one is of course to stay in shape. One of the biggest concern of all the girls who ask me about exercising on vacation is gaining weight. Staying consistent with your nutrition plan will not only prevent this from happening, but also will give you tons of energy during your vacation and prevent you from feeling and looking bloated.
In order to stick as close as possible to eating clean, I always advice my clients not to focus all their activities around food. Yes, its one of the greatest pleasures in life, but there are so many other exciting things you could be doing at the summer destination of your choice. Go parasailing, dancing, kayaking, exploring museums, swimming with dolphins, reading a book-the options are endless!
The Bottom Line