Getting away from reality is good for the soul and escaping from the usual workout routine is good for the body. While exercising consistently is important for building endurance, conditioning your body and losing weight, there almost always comes a time when you have to take a break.
You may be surprised to learn that taking a few days or a full week off from your training won’t necessarily hurt the gains you’ve made. Many serious exercisers and athletes regularly schedule a week off every 8-12 weeks. Sometimes it’s good for the average exerciser to take extra days off to get rid of every bit of fatigue in their body.
The great news is, it takes a lot more than a week off to undo all of your hard work, so don’t be afraid to take a break and enjoy your vacation. Taking a few days or a week off may be just what you need to get back to your workouts with more energy and enthusiasm. And remember, you don’t have to be completely inactive. This may be the perfect time to try activities you usually don’t have time for.
By trying something different and freeing yourself from your routine, you open your mind to new ways to move your body, have fun and keep your body fit while you’re on vacation.
Leave the routine and the heart-rate monitor at home and try walking on the beach, beach volleyball, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, leisurely bike rides, hiking, golf, tennis or even shopping. Okay, maybe shopping isn’t the highest intensity activity but if it’s your activity of choice, make it count by walking fast or taking the stairs.
The most important thing is to enjoy your time and vacation the way you want and avoid beating yourself up for not doing the regular workout and not going to the gym.
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” Robert Orben
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