With Winter behind us, Spring can be an excuse to take a break from our daily lives, and many of us are antsy to take much-deserved vacations. Lying on the beach, sipping margaritas, and dining out daily are entirely relaxing and make it easy to think, "I could get used to this." Break temptation to continue your leisurely vacation habits and get back on track to your normal healthy lives with these six steps.
- Write down how many days you plan to exercise the first week back, but start slowly. After taking a long break from your regular workouts, begin with a less-intense workout than you'd usually do. You don't want to be so sore from day one that you have trouble moving the next day or two.
- Create a meal plan for the week. Outline a healthy menu and make a list for what to buy at the grocery store. Go to the store ASAP — your refrigerator is likely empty because you've been away, so leave only a small window to reduce takeout temptation.
- Revisit your health goals to motivate you. Write them down in your fitness and food journals, and take a peek whenever you need a little push.
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- Sustain your vacation-friendly mental health habits. Escaping with a book for 30 minutes in the evening instead of turning on the TV is reminiscent of your time off and a healthier habit overall.
- Continue putting on sunscreen every day. Just because you're not spending all day in the sun, it doesn't mean you're not exposed to harmful rays. Apply as part of your morning routine.
- Do some Spring cleaning. You're already doing loads of laundry from your vacation, so why not up the ante and get your home in Spring condition?