So you have just got home from your holiday which involved relaxing by the pool, putting your feet up with a cocktail and enjoying good food, the holiday blues have officially hit. Quite often the majority of damage to our bodies is done within this period of time, when we return from our trip. People seem to always let their mood dictate the way they eat and behave. When you are down and feeling nostalgic people tend to eat badly, over indulge and become lazy resulting in a lack of proper exercise. So what can we do to stay focussed, motivated and in good shape when we get back from holiday?
Let’s start with fitness. One of the best ways to motivate yourself when you come back is to have a new goal to reach. Decide on holiday that you want to get stronger, or quicker, or more flexible. Whatever it may be if you have a goal in mind before getting home you will be more excited to start working towards it; it is a fact that we are more productive when we have something to work towards. After deciding your goal, write out 6 – 8 weeks worth of sessions so that it is written down. Trust us, this reinforces the fact that you are going to get of the sofa and follow the plan you have laid out. Another great technique is to shorten your sessions to 30 minutes and increase the intensity. No one wants to be in the gym for an hour at a time, especially when you are still in holiday mode. By increasing the speed at which you perform your sets, you will get more in to a shorter space of time; oh and you’ll burn off more of those holiday calories.
What can we eat to get back in the swing of things after have a week or two of BBQ’s, restaurants and nights out? Well this requires a bit of self-control and discipline. Firstly, like always, try and stick to organic wholesome foods that haven’t been mass-produced with a load of additives. Think about getting proteins, carbohydrates and fats in every day to get all 3 macronutrients in our bodies. One tip from RSF to stay lean and healthy is to only consume your heavy carbohydrate (brown rice, sweet potato and so on) after your workout. Outside of that try and stick to lighter meals consisting of lean proteins and healthy fats. So pick a meat or fish and accompany it with some fresh veg or on a bed of salad. Keep your body feeling satisfied with small snacks throughout the day; nuts, seeds and fruit is always a winner.