Holidays seem to be relaxing for our heads, but not really for our bodies. Yes, we decrease the physical exercise, but at the same time we intentionally increase the caloric intake. Laying out on the beach, we absolutely need a margarita in hand. The hot weather insists on cold beer. How could we not eat burgers at a pool party? And yes, I’d like cheese on that.
So while we’re not holding on to a ton of guilt, we’re demanding our bodies work overtime to allow us to relax.
You might think I’m going to tell you NOT to do any of those things. You would be wrong. I’ll be right there with you pouring the tequila and making patties.
So our plan should be to get our metabolism in gear before the festivities begin.
Here is the plan of attack:
1. HITT – High Intensity Interval Training.
Taking your heart rate to its max and then dropping it down again. You can do this in so many way: spin class, boot camp, boxing, circuit training, running up a hill, etc.
It’s not easy, but it’s effective in spiking your metabolism.
2. Keep Eating!
To prep for days in bathing suits, we usually starve ourself. Bad idea. If you stop eating now, your metabolism will slow down. When it’s hit with the onslaught of goodies, it won’t be prepared.
Keep it moving at regular pace by eating 5 small meals a day. Each including protein, carbs, and fat.
3. Drink lots of water.
Sunshine and booze are satisfying and depleting at the same time. Hydrate your body now!
The additional water will help control your portion control at meals as well.
4. Plan ahead.
Plan one day when you will exercise. Make it your favorite workout so you’ll want to do it. You don’t have to make it a killer workout, just one to keep everything in motion.
I promise you now, you will feel AMAZING after you’re done.
A few of my vacation workouts here:
- Workout on vacation without exercising
- Beach workouts you won’t hate
- Lazy day hotel room workout
- Tropical traveling workout